May 12, 2008: – Crescent Head sensation Ellie-Jean Coffey (NSW) has stamped her mark as a future surfing star upstaging a class field of the nation’s best female surfers to win the open women’s division of the inaugural Lizzy Surf Series at Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast today.
Stop no.1 of 3 on this year’s state series, the prestigious all-female tournament boasted a 70-strong field along with $2,000 in prize money. Cementing her reputation as leading the ‘new guard’ of surfing ‘grom-mettes’ coming out of Australia, the 13-year-old ace was in searing form in the wind-affected 0.5-1-metre beach break waves.
But it was no easy win for the exciting goofy foot that had to defy an all-out attack by Maroochydore’s Dimity Stoyle in the closing minutes of the 25-minute final to take victory. After sitting in fourth place for the majority of the final, Stoyle claimed the lead from Coffey with a heat high 9.23 to leave her opponent requiring a 5.6 for the win.
With seconds remaining Coffey locked in a 5.67 to jag the win along with $1,000. “I actually thought that Dimity (Stoyle) had won, so I’m stoked,” said Coffey. “I thought I scored a five on my last wave but when I reached the beach the commentators repeated the scores and I realised that I had won. I can’t believe it.”
Coffey finishing with a final total of 13.34 to Stoyle’s 13.23 (out of a possible 20). Sunrise Beach surfer Naomi Stevic and Coolangatta ripper Linda Fisher finished third and fourth respectively. Leaving Surfers Paradise, Coffey sits in the numero-uno position on 1000-points, ahead of Stoyle (860) in second with Stevic (730) in third.
Meanwhile, Cabarita’s Brittani Nicholl upstaged a talented field of surfers to win the under 21 girl’s division today. Surfing young gun Sarah Mason (Tugun) shredded her way to victory in the under 14 and under 16 divisions, while Stoyle (Maroochydore) won the under 18 division.