Posted on May 04 2010
Taylor Jensen (USA) successfully defended his title at the Noosa Festival of Surfing today, crushing the hopes of local favourite Josh Constable (Noosa) to walk away with his second consecutive Golden Breed Mens Pro LQS title.
“It's definitely not an easy thing to take back-to-back wins, I was just doing my best out there and it worked out,” Jensen said. “My first wave was a good one and it set me up nicely for the rest of the heat. I'm super happy with the win.” “It's definitely not an easy thing to take back-to-back wins, I was just doing my best out there and it worked out,” Jensen said. “My first wave was a good one and it set me up nicely for the rest of the heat. I'm super happy with the win.”
“It was tricky out there for sure and I was feeling the pressure from some of the guys, especially when Jackson (Close) posted that eight,” Jensen said. “All the guys surfed amazingly and it was just unfortunate we didn't have the waves we had for the ten consecutive perfect days before this.”
The Back Beach Women's 1 Star Pro saw Hawaiian surfer Crystal Dzigas (Oahu) capture her first ever professional victory over Isabele Braly (NSW), Leah Dawson (Haw) and Rosie Locke (Noosa). Dzigas shot into the lead with an outstanding barrel ride at the start of the heat.
“I'm so happy right now, I've been to this event for five or six years and have only ever made a couple of heats,” Dzigas said. “I was pretty intimidated by the competition but luckily I saw that barrel and I just went for it and that's what earned me the win.”
The Golden Breed Noserider Pro saw some sensational performances from the world's finest noseriders with Christian Wach claiming his fourth consecutive title today.
The 30-minute final saw Wach and Jensen going toe-to-toe, Jensen taking an early lead for a combined 22.95 seconds on the nose before Wach slammed down his authority with an unbelievable 28.01 second nose ride on one wave to win the event. “I truly thought Taylor (Jensen) had me after his good ride so I just decided to go for it,” said Wach. “I was pushing the limit, riding the nose as long as possible until I'd almost fall off and just thinking 'the more risk the more reward' and it paid off.” The Suncorp Stand Up Paddle Pro was won by James Watson (Qld) his exceptional performance topping that of Keahi de Aboitiz (Qld) who was forced to settle for second. The Noosa Festival of Surfing culminated with a an action packed day of performance surfing that saw First Point packed to capacity as surfing enthusiasts flocked to the beach to catch their surfing heroes in action. The Global Surf Industries Noosa Festival of Surfing, presented by Golden Breed, boasts the most diverse program of surf competitions under the one banner anywhere in the world. From Pro's to paddlers to grandpas and groms the event draws the best longboarders and watermen in the world. Men's Final 1 14.40 Taylor Jensen 2 14.25 Josh Constable 3 13.00 Christian Wach 4 12.75 Jackson Close Women's Final 1 13.55 Crystal Dzigas 2 9.50 Isabele Braly 3 8.75 Leah Dawson 4 5.80 Rosie Locke