Jordy Maree has won the Nias Pro Lagundri Bay on remote the north coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. With aspirations of one day qualifying for the elite Championship Tour, this was the biggest of his career so far and sees the 20-year-old steadily moving up the QS rankings to 62 in the world.
With high-quality four- to six-foot surf on offer, in the Final, Maree defeated California's Shaun Burns for the win. Both surfers reveled in the great waves throughout the event, but it was Maree who asserted himself at the midway point of the Final. After trailing Burns, he dug deep to find an excellent score of 8.93 as a result of a series of critical top-to-bottom backhand turns that impressed both the judges and the large crowds who lined the point.
"I cannot believe I've won this event, it is so special because it's held in such a special and world famous surfing location," Maree said, who had battled through four long heats enroute to the win. "All the hard work in the gym paid off today, I have been training so hard and it was exactly what was required on a day like this."
"It's been a remarkable week and this circuit in Asia, especially these Indonesian events that run in amazing waves make for a true dream tour," he continued. "I'm off to Sri Lanka next week and I can't wait for another great event!"