Sydney schoolgirl Chelsea Georgeson scored the first perfect 10 of competition in the Quiksilver World Grommet Titles at Sydney’s North Narrabeen Beach, Australia, today.
After three days of competition at Avalon Beach this week, the Quiksilver World Grommet moved to the world-famous break of North Narrabeen to take advantage of an overnight increase in swell. Perfect, offshore lines of swell greeted the competitors at daybreak and the surfing performances matched the excellent conditions.
Georgeson, 16, from Avalon, went ballistic in thethree to four foot surf at Australia’s best beachbreak to register the highest heat score of the event so far across all divisions.
On her perfect ride, Chelsea executed a seriesof major manoeuvres, cleanly linking her bottomand top turns with incredible power and speed that amazed everyone on the beach.
“That’s my first perfect 10 I’ve ever scored so I’m stoked,” Georgeson said. “I don’t really have astrategy. I just went out and got a few lefts thatpeeled the whole way. My boards are going really well but everyone is going to be hard to beat.
“I finished second last year so I want to win this time. It’s a really good place for a contest here (Narrabeen) so I hope we are back here tomorrow.”
Besides her perfect 10, the judges awarded Georgeson an 8.25 and a 7.8 for a total of 26.05 out of 30.
Avalon’s Chelsea Georgeson was the days standout with a ten point ride and easy win of her quarter final.Chelsea finishes her 10 point ride with a clean re entry. Georgeson then won her semi-final to set up a classic finals showdown with Peru’s Sofia Mulanovich, the two in-form surfers in the girls division.
Mulanovich, from Lima, scored a nine out of 10 to also win her semi-final and said she had a much better heat than her quarter-final.
“I had more confidence because I rode a longer board because the waves were getting bigger,”she said. “To make a heat you have to charge, so I just went out there and did my best. The final is going to be so hard. Chelsea and Linda are ripping but I’m just going to try my best and have fun.
“This wave is so good. I love surfing comps with good waves because you can perform so much better.” Australia’s Linda Fisher and Lauren Ringer will join Mulanovich and Georgeson in the final of the Under 19 Girls.
The boys divisions also produced outstanding performances. New Zealand’s Jay Quinn top scored in the semi-finals of the Under 18 Boys with 21.3 out of 30. “That heat has boosted my confidence a whole lot,” said Quinn. “I managed to get an 8.25 on my first wave and then another 8.25 and then I was kind of on my own for the whole heat so I was happy to win pretty convincingly.” This is Quinn’s fifth and final year in the Quiksilver World Grommets ¿ “so I’m pretty keen to win it,” he said. “The teams event is also something I’m looking forward to. We have never won it so we’ll be going pretty hard.”
Quinn will be joined by Australians Bede Durbridge and Leigh Sedley, and Japan’s Naoto Takanashi in the final of the Under 18 Boys. Australia’s Ben Dunn scored the highest points, 22.5, in his semi-final of the Under 16 Boys, and he’ll meet France’s Romain Laulhet, New Zealand’s Bobby Hansen and South Africa’s Ricky Basnett in the final.
14 year old New Zealand surfer Bobby Hanson cracks the lip to easily win his cadet quarter final. All finals will be contested tomorrow, including the coveted Teams Title, which Australia has wonfor 12 consecutive years. The teams finalists will be Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and Japan. Four-time world professional champion Mark Richards will present the trophies.The most likely venue for the finals of the Quiksilver World Grommets Titles will be North Narrabeen Beach tomorrow (Saturday). A decision on the venue will be made by contest officials early in the morning.
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