India Robinson (Jan Juc, Vic) has taken out the WSL 2015 Maxum Women's Pro Junior - the final stop on the 2015 WSL Women’s Australasia Junior Qualifying Series (JQS) - after battling it out against Lucy Callister (Palm Beach, Qld) in tricky one foot waves at North Cronulla.
India Robinson (Jan Juc, Vic) capped off the Maxum WSL Women’s Pro Junior in fine fashion, taking the coveted trophy in a relatively slow final. In what was Robinson’s first Pro Junior event ever, the Victorian managed to throw down a series of giant turns to post a respectable 10.75 heat total (out of a possible 20 points) and get the win ahead of Callister in the dying minutes of the exchange.
“This is my first ever Pro Junior event, so to take it out is super exciting and surreal,” said Robinson. “Coming up from Victoria, I was really just looking for the experience, but to take it out is so much better. I really just wanted to do as well as I could. This boosts my confidence going into next year’s WSL Junior Series. Hopefully, I may be able to take out a few more.”
Lucy Callister (Palm Beach, Qld) held down the lead for the majority of the 25-minute affair, with a handful of small scores, however Callister was forced to relinquish her lead to Robinson after she posted a pair of five-point rides. When the final hooter sounded, Callister was left requiring a 6.25 wave score to take the win.
“I’m pretty disappointed to not win, especially since it was so close,” said Callister. “That being said, I didn’t really have a goal going into this event so to simply get the experience feels pretty good. The surf was really difficult, so I just tried to stay as busy as I could. Congrats to India though, she surfed great.”
Kobie Enright (Tweed Heads, NSW) failed to mirror her 2014 Maxum WSL Women’s Pro Junior victory, falling victim to a blisteringly in-form Lucy Callister in the Semifinals. Enright notched up several respectable scores over the course of the bout, but was unable to post the required 4.51 wave score to take the lead and move into the final.
“The surf was slow and hard to gauge, but all things considered I’m pretty stoked to make it into the Semifinals,” said Enright. “After winning the event last year, it would have been good to win it again or make the Final. Lucy has been shredding in all her heats, so every time she caught a wave I just didn’t even want to look to see what she did.”
Macy Callaghan’s (Avoca, NSW) 2015 Maxum Pro Junior campaign came to a halt in the Semifinals, when she was unable to topple eventual event champion India Robinson. After Robinson posted a solid 8.00 wave score, Callaghan was left requiring a 7.76 wave score, which never came to fruition.
“It’s frustrating getting knocked out in the Semis, but I just didn’t get the right waves,” said Callaghan. “Last year I only made it to the second round, so I’m glad that I did better than that, but it still would have been nice to take the win. I didn’t realise the swell would drop as much as it did, but I gave it my best shot and unfortunately it wasn’t enough.”
Isabella Nichols (Coolum, Qld) is the 2015 Australasian JQS female champion after holding down the top spot on the rankings. Despite pulling out of the 2015 Maxum Women’s Pro Junior due to illness, Nichols was able to claim the coveted title thanks to a series of impressive victories at the Hurley Australian Open Pro Junior at Manly and the Vahine Pro Junior in Tahiti earlier in the year.
Holly Wawn (Newport, NSW) took out second position on the rankings, while Macy Callaghan claimed third.
An official crowning of the male and female 2015 Australasian WSL JQS Champions will take place in the upcoming weeks.
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