Chain Resources Women's Pro Junior

Weston-Webb Wins Chain Resources Pro Junior

Hawaii's Tatiana Weston-Webb has taken the Chain Resources Pro Junior, part of the New Zealand Home Loans Surf Festival, over Chelsea Tuach (BRB) in an exciting day of Finals surfing. The surf itself was inconsistent, but with peeling, clean 2-foot (0.6-metre) waves rolling into Fitzroy beach, the decision was made to finish the women's ASP Australasia Junior Qualifying Series (JQS) event.

The Semifinals were a truly international affair with surfers from New Zealand, Barbados, Hawaii and South Africa filling the final four spots, but it was Weston-Webb who reigned supreme to claim the US$1,369 prize-money.

Hawaii's Tatiana Weston-Webb surfing in New Zealand at the Port Taranaki Pro, an ASP Women's 6-Star Qualifying Series event. Tatiana is through to the final 24 and will be hoping for an excellent result here as the event offers vital points towards her goal of qualifying for the 2015 elite ASP Women's World Championship Tour. Tatiana Weston-Webb takes the trophy - WSL / Steve Robertson

Weston-Webb, runner-up at last year's ASP World Junior Championships in Brazil, started the day by getting revenge on Ella Williams (NZL) who defeated her in the Final. Weston-Webb eliminated the local reigning ASP World Junior Champion and built from there, linking solid searing turns and clocking excellent scores all the way to the top of the podium.

"I just went out there and had fun and it seemed to work," Weston-Webb said. "Ever since Ella (Williams) beat me in Brazil last year I've been wanting to get her back, so I was really happy after that heat. She's surfing really well at the moment so it gave me confidence to get on a roll and win."

Chelsea Tuach at the Chain Resources Pro Junior in Taranaki Chelsea Tuach lighting up a right at Fitzroy Beach, Taranaki - WSL / Will Hayden-Smith

Tuach was one of the most consistent surfers at the Chain Resources Pro Junior, winning heats and posting big scores seemingly with ease. Tuach had a knack for putting herself on the best waves of the heat by out-positioning her counterparts. All event long she was executing sharp and vertical snaps, but in the Final Tuach was left chasing a 9.15 that never came and was forced to settle for second place.

"It was tough and inconsistent at times today so I tried to get a good score as early as possible in all my heats," Tuach said. "In the Final I paddled into a great wave and I don't know what happened, maybe I got too execited, but I blew it. I ended up getting a couple of okay scores, but congrats to Tatiana (Weston-Webb), she surfed great and she deserved the win."

Sarah Mason (NZL) was New Zealand's highest-placed surfer, finishing equal third after being eliminated by Weston-Webb in the Semifinals. Mason was looking like the one to beat on Finals day, consistently posting excellent scores, but couldn't get past the in-form Hawaiian.

Reika Noro advancing through the round of 16 in 2nd position behind Keely Andrew. Japan's Reika Noro finishing equal 5th place - WSL / Will Hayden-Smith

Keely Andrew (Sunshine Coast, QLD/AUS) lost out in the Quarterfinals, but despite her uncharacteristically early exit she has retained the No. 1 spot on the ASP Australasia Women's JQS ranking's. Andrew will head into the final event as the favorite to claim the prestigious ASP Australasia Junior Championship.

The ASP 6-Star Qualifying Series Port Taranaki Pro and the men's Chain Resources Pro Junior were called off for the day and will crown event champions over the weekend.

ASP Australasia Women's JQS Top 5
1 - Keely Andrew
2 - Bronte Macaulay
3 - Sophia Bernard
4 - Holly-Sue Coffey
5 - Holly Wawn

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