TARANAKI, New Zealand - Australian surf star Laura Enever (Narrabeen) has trumped a class field of international challengers to claim victory at the Billabong Pro Junior Series in Taranaki, New Zealand.
An increase in swell overnight created fun 1.0-1.5m right handers on the final day of play, with the long walls of Stent Road creating an ideal setting for some of the best junior surfing New Zealand has ever seen.
“All the girls have been ripping over the past few days and coming away with the win will hopefully be the start of my year.”
“Airini is kind of an ex local so I was following her around in the end because she could have picked up that score and beat me.”
Mason, who now lives in Australia but is formally of Taranaki and Gisborne couldn’t continue the run of high scores that saw her dominate early rounds.
“I couldn’t find my rhythm at the start of that heat and I think it played a huge part in not taking the win,” she said. “I was really confident going into this event because I have lived here before and it still feels a bit like home for me.
“I knew it was going to be a hard final, she is a tough competitor who surfs good in big and small waves.”
The Billabong Pro Junior Series in New Zealand is supported by Panasonic, Coke, Von Zipper, Kustom and Surfing New Zealand. Billabong would also like to thank the local community of Taranaki and the local boardriders club for their help and support of the event.