brad wrote:PLC for the world title, Jase for the event So bummed about Hardy.. worst way to wake up in the morning! Best of luck next year Hard balls!
http://www.illawarramercury.com.au/news/local/sport/other/wollongong-wildcard-stuns-his-pro-rivals/2393528.aspx wrote:Wollongong wildcard Jason Finlay has won the 2011 NMD-Pride-Stealth Fronton Pro bodyboard contest in the Canary Islands.
Finlay defeated fellow Australian finalist Mitch Rawlins of the Gold Coast in heavy and dangerous 2.5-4m barrelling surf yesterday.
Starting his campaign as a sponsored wildcard, Finlay finished 12th in the leaderboard phase and only really found his momentum in round four when he eliminated world title contender Jeff Hubbard of Hawaii.
In his quarter-final, the wildcard defeated countryman Dallas Singer of Box Beach, setting him up for a semi-final match-up against trials winner, Cronulla’s Andrew Lester, who Finlay topped in the dying seconds, scoring an 8.25 out of 10 for a big barrel.
After being carried to the podium by a cheering crowd of Aussies, Finlay was awarded the trophy by the mayor of the Galdar and dowsed in champagne by Rawlins and newly crowned world champion Pierre-Louis Costes of France.
‘‘I’m the happiest guy in the world,’’ an elated Finlay said.
‘‘The main goal was never the plan to win the comp. I just wanted to come do some big airs and mix it up with these guys and the locals who really tear this place apart.
‘‘The final did not have the best waves, but the whole comp I tried my hardest and it paid off.
‘‘I am stoked.’’
Costes clinched his maiden IBA GSS world title by defeating South African Jared Houston in the quarter-finals.
Houston was holding onto the lead with two small scores when Costes scooped into and negotiated his way out of the deepest barrel of the day, scoring him a 9.0 out of 10 to take the lead and eventually the heat win.
‘‘I can say that this wave was the wave of my life,’’ Costes said.
‘‘It was the wave that gave me the victory and made my dream come true.’’
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