Young gun threat to open surfers
YOUNG gun Laura Enever won the 16th annual All Girls Surf Showdown Pro Division over the long weekend hot off her ISA Under-18 World Junior Championship win in France.
The North Narrabeen surfer was also runner-up in the 21s.
WQS surfer Laurina McGrath, who is a previous Showdown winner, was ripping and was leading until Enever's last-minute ride which scored in the excellent range and pushed McGrath back to second place. Ex-world professional champion Pauline Menczer surfed with great style for third while WQS surfer Crystal Vail couldn't find the better waves and finished fourth. Enever's win is indicative of the event's long history of young champions overcoming their more experienced rivals in a close battle.
The win confirms Enever's position as not only the world's best junior but also a major threat to the world's best open surfers.
Local surfers performed extremely well this year with Lennox Head's Jenny Boggis on fire, convincingly winning the over-28s.
Local surfers contesting very close-scoring finals were Lennox Head surfers Lyla Wright, who was runner-up in the 16s, and Maz Pentacost, who was third in the longboards. Ballina's Kara Nobbs finished fourth in the longboards. Club president Marg Bryant praised all competitors on their high standard of surfing and fitness in extremely challenging conditions.
"It's conditions like these that make the girls step up to the mark and deliver such great surfing as we have seen here this weekend," she said.
The event was a success due to the combined efforts of the Lennox Head and Ballina communities which provided essential services including the Alstonville-Lennox Head Surf Lifesaving Club, the Lennox Head Rural Fire Brigade, Lennox Longboarders for set up and pack up, Ballina Shire Council for traffic control, generous sponsors for prizes and money and All Girls' club members.
Congratulations to the winners of the raffles drawn over the weekend: Kellie O'Brien (Chixstix surfboard), Annie Chatterton (Phil Way surfboard), Mel Mott (All Above Board product) and Dave Sedgeman (artwork).
Local artist Jess Yuke supplied beautiful surf-inspired paintings framed in camphor laurel to the lucky finalists. x Results: Open Pro: 1 Laura Enever, 2 Laurina McGrath, 3 Pauline Menczer, 4 Crystal Vail: 21 & under: 1 Paige Haggerston, 2 Laura Enever, 3 Sophie Hardcastle, 4 Georgia Fish; 28 & over: 1 Jenny Boggis, 2 Sandra English, 3 Kathy Newman, 4 Cathy Ryan; 16 & under: 1 Phillipa Anderson, 2 Lyla Wright, 3 Sophie Hardcastle, 4 Emily Clapoudis; 14 & under: 1 Ellie Jean Coffie, 2 India Payne, 3 Lauren McAleer, 4 Beth Palmer; Longboard: 1 Kirsty Webster, 2 Rachel Pinsak, 3 Maz Pentecost, 4 Kara Nobbs; Open B: 1 Skye Burgess, 2 Emily Clapoudis, 3 Samantha Bourke, 4 Louise Oirbrans. Best Judge: Zippy Pearson; 14 & under Incentive: Bridget MCullouch; 16 & under Incentive: Lauren McAleer; 21 & under Incentive: Grace Tatum; Highest All Girls club member: Lyla Wright; Best Manoeuvre: Laurina McGrath; Best Wipeout: Maz Pentecost.