OCEANSIDE, California The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Longboard Qualifying Series (LQS) 1-Star PLA Pro Championships saw San Diegan Cori Schumacher (Cardiff, CA), 34, clinch her second consecutive women's ASP North America Longboard Title when she won the PLA Pro Championships presented by Gidget in the peaky two-to-three foot wind-swell on offer at South Oceanside Pier.
Schumacher also dominated the tricky beachbreak conditions brought on by the drained out tide and shifting swell to claim the ASP 2-Star PLA Pro Championships presented by Gidget. The competitive veteran paced herself throughout the event, saving the best for last when left her fellow finalists, including reigning two-time ASP Women's World Longboard Champion Jen Smith (San Diego, CA), 23, in need of two scores to overtake her commanding lead in the Final.
"I really learned my lesson at the last event in Ocean Beach because the conditions were similar to this and I was surfing super hard in every heat and was too tired by the end of the contest," Schumacher said. "I tried to stay super mellow until the Final and then went all out."
Although Schumacher was the 2008 regional champion, her title this year was won over several events whereas last year's title was decided solely on one contest.
"I'm stoked to take the regional title two years in a row," Schumacher said.
"This year has been different though because there have been several events instead of just the one and I really prefer it. I think all of the other girls do too."
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PLA Pro Championships presented by Gidget Final Results:
1- Cori Schumacher (USA) 14.67
2 - Megan Godinez (HAW) 9.03
3 - Jen Smith (USA) 8.47
4 - Stacia Ahina (HAW) 6.97
PLA Pro Championships presented by Gidget Semifinals Results:
Heat 1: Jennifer Smith (USA) 12.40, Cori Schumacher (USA) 9.67, Lindsay Steinriede (USA) 9.60, Kate Easton (USA) 9.03 Heat 2: Stacia Ahina (HAW) 10.67, Megan Godinez (HAW) 8.93, Hallie Rohr
(USA) 8.43, Crystal Dzigas (HAW) 7.17
photos Janos Schmidt