In the best conditions we have seen throughout the event window, Wade Carmichael (AUS) and Holly Wawn (AUS) have been crowned champions at the first ever Komunity Project Great Lakes Pro presented by Rockstar Energy Drink. The Finals were held in pumping five-to-six foot waves.
In the Final Carmichael came up against goofyfoot powerhouse Dimitri Ouvre (BLM) of Saint Barthelemy. Carmichael posted his second near-perfect 9.90 point ride of the event with two huge rail hacks on a solid set-wave early in the heat. Paired with a solid backup score, Ouvre was chasing a near perfect 9.46 for the remainder of the heat. And though he came close on a few waves, he was unable to take the lead away from a rampaging Carmichael.
"I'm so stoked with this win here," Carmichael said. "I have been doing these Qualifying Series (QS) 1,000 events to get heats under my belt and getting to the Final means I surfed as many heats as possible. The waves have been pumping to this whole time, which is sick. Boomerang is such an amazing place. I've really enjoyed doing this series."
Ouvre was the dark horse of event, posting huge scores throughout all of his heats with massive backhand re-entries on some seriously heavy sections. This result is the best result his career.
"I feel really lucky to surf in a Final with such a great surfer like Wade Carmichael - I'm really happy," Ouvre said. "The waves were a bit tricky in the Final but have been pumping the whole time. I've loved my time in Boomerang, it is so beautiful, I will definitely be coming back here."
The women's Final saw the two biggest standouts of the event go head-to-head as Wawn met the winner of last week's Central Coast Pro, France's Justine Dupont. Dupont hit the lead early until Wawn found a larger wave and unleashed a huge vertical snap, followed by a critical lip-line floater to post a 9.25 leaving Dupont needing a near perfect 9.65. Dupont, capable of huge scores, didn't give up, taking a wave in the dying minutes. Unfortunately, she fell just short of the required score, posting a 9.05, as Wawn earned the biggest win of her career.
"I'm really proud of how I competed at this event," Wawn said. "Last year on the QS I would try and surf for scores and not pick the best waves, because of this I really struggled. This contest I realized how important it is to take the best waves. I used to come here to Boomerang as a kid with my family and friends so to win the first event here is really special. Hopefully I can carry this form into the next few events."
Dupont pushed hard through to the end posting near excellent scores all event. She will head into the Newcastle and Manly QS6,000 events with the confidence of a first- and second-place finish in just one week.
"I feel like I was surfing softer than Holly at the start of the heat," Dupont said. "Towards the end I knew it was important to push a bit harder. Then I got the 9.00 which wasn't enough. I'm glad to make it to the Final, this contest wasn't about winning I just wanted to prepare myself for competing in 2016, so a second place is great."
The Komunity Project Great Lakes Pro presented by Rockstar Energy Drink was the final installment in the New South Wales Pro Surf Series, the overall series winner for the men's was decided today. Although bowing out of this contest yesterday, a win at the Tweed Coast Pro saw Western Australian Jacob Willcox take the overall series win. He won himself not only bragging rights, but $1000 for his efforts.