Laura Enever (North Narrabeen, NSW) battled massive waves and challenging conditions today as she conquered the Billabong Pro Junior Bells Beach in style.
Defeating Felicity Palmateer (Trigg Beach, WA) in an epic final, Enever was crowned queen of the famed surfing colosseum winning her fourth ASP Australasia Pro Junior title of the year and cementing the ASP Australasian Pro Junior Series win.
Arriving as expected, the massive three metre waves battered the Victorian Surf Coast with corduroy lines pulsing through Bells Beach setting stage for an epic finale between two of Australia’s most revered junior competitors.
Showing no fear and a host of skills, Enever revelled in the solid, blustery and stormy seas posting an impressive 14.00 (out of a possible 20, which included an eight-point ride, in the final.
“I’m so stoked,” she said after taming the Bells line-up.
“To finish off the year with a win in these conditions is amazing.”
Not afraid to mix it up in the big stuff, Enever was appreciative of being able to show her wares in the testing conditions.
“I’m thankful that we were afforded the opportunity to surf in these conditions,” Enever stated.
“It’s great for all the girls to push themselves and continue to bridge the gap between the boys.”
Having blazed a trail throughout the entire 2009 series, Enever not only won a massive four events, but qualified as the top Australasian seed for the prestigious Billabong ASP World Junior Titles.
“I’m so excited,” Enever continued.
“Going to the Billabong ASP World Junior Titles at my home break is going to be something special.”
“I can’t wait,” she continued.
Not to be outshone was runner-up Palmateer who more than impressed all spectators and officials alike with her fearless approach.
“I much prefer the bigger conditions,” she said.
“It’s always fun to surf Bells when it’s big and pumping, especially in a final.”
Surfing in only two events all year, Palmateer managed to finish first and second in both – heralding her big future and star on the rise, finishing 13th on the ASP Australasian Pro Junior ratings.
“I’m happy with the results I got this year,” she said.
“I only surfed twice on Junior Series this year and made the final both times so that gives me plenty of confidence going into next year.”
With the male side of the draw to be completed tomorrow in similar conditions, anticipation and excitement is high as precious places for the Billabong ASP World Junior Titles are still up for grabs.