North Narrabeen Boardriders continue their dominance of the Women’s Jim Beam Surftag Title.
Laura Enever unleashing in the wild conditions at Freshwater Beach. Pic: Wes Lonergan
North Narrabeen Boardriders have continued their dominance, taking out the 2013 Women’s Jim Beam Surftag Title on Saturday in large, unruly conditions at Freshwater Beach.
Laura Enever was a standout performer in the 5 to 6 foot conditions with a 23.30 personal total, leading her team – including Belinda Hardwick, Jess Van Deer Mere, Tessa De Josselin and Shelley Carrier - to a total heat score of 47.03. But it was a hard-fought win, only sealing the victory in the dying minutes of the final from Layne Beachley and her Queenscliff Boardriders teammates who finished second with 43.83. Northern Beaches Women (22.13) and QBC B (16.63) also braved the building swell to contest the final.
The North Narrabeen women made it back-to-back victories with the win and took home the $1500 winner’s cheque, an achievement Laura Enever said was inspired by the long-running success of the club.
“It was so close in the final. We almost thought Queenscliff got us for a second there, it was only a few points in it,” she said.
“It actually makes me pretty nervous surfing in a team, because I really want to do the whole club proud and it puts a lot more pressure on it.”
“All the girls did so well. We scored the most horrible, treacherous day of the year so there were a couple of purple knees around from the cold. But all the girls were going for it.”
Enever secured the BOSCH powerwave award after blitzing successive manoeuvres to score a staggering 9.93. Enever said the event was an ideal way to kick-off her 2013 campaign on the World Tour.
“This is the first event I have for the year so it’s cool to come down, put a rashie on and get a couple of waves. I’m off to Burleigh tomorrow so it’s an awesome way to get started for the year.”
Seven-time World Champion, Layne Beachley, lived up to all expectations, proving her experience and confidence in the wild conditions.
“It was like Riders of the Storm out there. It was radical. We had a growing east-southeast swell that’s landing very hollow barrels on our heads. It’s really gnarly,” she said.
“The paddle out was intense. It was a really exhausting time out there. I think the girls did well though. They had a good go and charged.”
“It was great to surf for my club today and it was a really close final. I knew Narrabeen would be up there with us but it was great to be in contention right up until the end. We’ll get them next year.”
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