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Surfing - 23. September 2013.

New Zealand’s Sarah Mason Wins Inaugural Maxum Women’s Pro Junior


A thrilling finals day at the 2013 Dominelli Womens Surf Classic saw Sarah
Mason (NZL) take out the ASP 1-Star rated Maxum Women's Pro Junior in clean
one-to-two foot waves (1 – 1.5 meters) at North Conulla. The New Zealand
surfer earned herself $1000 for the win plus valuable ASP Australasia Pro
Junior Series rankings points.

Mason (NZL) made her intentions known from the moment the final got
underway against Keely Andrew (Sunshine Coast, QLD/AUS). The talented
goofy-footer used her explosive and polished backhand attack to notch up a
pair of 7.83 (out of a possible 10) rides. Using that foundation of scores,
Mason continued to build on her heat total locking in a further 8.23 ride
as well as a 9.90, which left Andrew chasing a combination of scores.

"I'm so happy to have got this win," said Mason. "The waves were amazing
out there and I managed to find four really good waves that allowed me to
lock in decent scores. Keely (Andrew) has been surfing amazing all event
and that ten-point ride she scored in her Semifinal was unbelievable, so I
knew I just had to get onto the best possible waves I could. My plan was to
simply get two good waves in quick succession and build from there.
Fortunately the plan paid off. I'm so stoked."

Despite putting on one of the best overall performances all event in the
Semifinals, including posting a perfect 10-point-ride, Keely Andrew
(Sunshine Coast – Qld/AUS) had her work cut out for her when she met an
in-form Sarah Mason in the Final. The Sunshine Coast natural footer
unfortunately struggled to find the same rhythm she showed in earlier
rounds and was left chasing a solid two-wave combination to take the event

"I just got back from competing overseas, so it's definitely good to get
back into the comps and get a good start in the 2013/2014 ASP Australasia
Pro Junior Series," said Andrew. "When I made the final I just tried to
ensure I went out there and had fun. Sarah is such a good surfer, so I knew
I also had to be on my A-game to beat her. This result has given me a lot
of confidence moving towards the next events. My boards are going well and
I feel physically fit, so I’m looking forward to my next step."

Karelle Popkee's (PYF) exciting run through the event unfortunately came to
a grinding halt when she scored an interference against Audrey Styman-Lane
(Bilambil Heights, NSW/AUS) in the Quarterfinals. At one point the powerful
goofy-footer looked set to take the win from Styman-Lane, however due to
the interference her entire second scoring wave was eliminated.

"I'm pretty disappointed with the way things went," said Popkee. "I
definitely didn't expect to get an interference at all."

Bronte Macaulay's (Margaret River, WA/AUS) Maxum ASP Women’s Pro Junior
campaign unfortunately ended in the Quarterfinals at the hands of Keely
Andrew. Both surfers fought tooth and nail over the course of the exciting
heat, exchanging an array of excellent scores, however Andrew was able to
take the win with a two-wave heat-total of 17.00 (out of a possible 20).

"Keely had two eight point rides, so she kinda smoked me," said Macaulay.
"I really wanted to get through, but I know how good Keely (Andrew) is, so
I expected it to be pretty tough. I tried to wait for a good wave to come
my way, but it didn’t really come and I fell off on a few also, so it
didn’t really work out. I loved surfing a two-man heat as opposed to a
four-man heat, you can take it a bit easier and just pick away at the best

Audrey Styman-Lane (Bilambil Heights, NSW/AUS) walked away from her
Semifinal with her head held high despite finishing in second place to a
blistering Andrew. Despite her best efforts Styman-Lane – who recently
claimed the 2013 Open Australian Title - was unable to snatch the lead from
Andrew who locked in a perfect 10-point-ride and a 7.67.

"I'm so stoked to make it this far," said Styman-Lane. "It's my best result
in an ASP Pro Junior event so far. Next time I hope I can go one better. I
had nothing to lose really in that heat, it was just a good feeling to surf
a heat with a good friend in fun little waves."

Amiya Doyle's (Coolangatta, QLD/AUS) awesome roll through the event
unfortunately ended in the Semifinals when she came up against an
electrifying Sarah Mason (NZL). Despite performing an impressive
combination of forehand hooks and carves, Doyle was unable to post the
necessary scores to topple the New Zealand surfer.

"This is the furthest I've ever made it in an ASP Pro Junior event," said
Doyle. "It definitely exceeded my expectations. Pro Junior events have
never really been my thing, so to get this far and get a good result is an
awesome feeling. I never usually put too much pressure on myself to do well
in events, in the past if I’ve won then it’s all well and good and if I’ve
lost then that’s okay as well. Now that I’ve got a third place in this
event I might have to start taking it a bit more seriously."
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