Jake Stone lands a smooth double-roll to break his jinx of getting second in Aussie Tour events and win the QAB Pro.
*Updated: See the winning double-roll!*
2011 QAB Pro (Duranbah Beach, Australia)
Jake Stone Rolls Opposition.
The final day of the QAB Pro was completed in clean 3 footers at Duranbah beach today and as predicted the action was red-hot. The day started with the ¼ finals of the Pro Men’s division and from the get go the big scores were dropping. Tom Rigby (Gold Coast) and Hayato Enokido (Japan) snuck past the more experienced duo of Mitch Rawlins and Nathan Branch to earn a birth in the semi’s. Dave Winchester (Byron Bay) and Lauchie Cramsie (Sunshine coast) dominated the second with stylish pocket surfing and great wave selection.
In the third Joe Clarke (Gold Coast) and Dallas Singer (Newcastle) used their competitive skills to go 1-2 whilst in the last Jake Stone (WA) and Mark Parsons (Copacabana) conquered enough good waves to snatch the final two spots in the semi’s.
Also being contested was the final day of the Qld State R1 and the best amateurs from the North put on a great sideline for the main event.
The DK semis were next and South African Aden Kleve showed his versatility with a win over Dane Pope (Qld) joining Dave Winchester and Zac Sonner(Qld) in the final.
The Pro Men’s semi’s were hectic as the surf was dropping and wave selection became paramount. Winchester and Rigby fell to Enokido and Cramsie in the first, while Stone and Clarke ousted Singer and Parsons in the second.
This set up a classic final
Jake Stone’s (WA) best moment came in the final when he pulled a “Double-Roll” that had the whole beach frothing and finished with an incredible 17.50 heat total (out of 20.00) to finish in first place over fellow high scorer and defending champion Hayato Enokido (Japan) who also posted two 8.5’s to tally 16.00.
“I’m stoked” said Stone “There we some sick little rip-bowls and wedges to launch off today
“I am starting this year fitter and with a clear head so I am amped.
“Hayato almost got me. He surfs good, but I’ve been waiting to pull out a double roll in competition for a while and, well…, it worked for me today” he added.
The Japanese rider used his trade-mark ARS (air-roll-spin) to full use today and was content with second. “I happy” he laughed.
Third place went to local rider Joe Clarke and Sunshine Coaster Lauchie Cramsie was forth. Cramsie was one of the standouts of the whole event and has firmly stamped himself amongst the best riders in Australia.
In the drop knee final Dave Winchester threw tail and blasted lips to walk away the winner ahead of Aden Kleve with Zac Sonner (Qld ) Dane Pope (Qld ) forth.
Overall it was a awesome event with some great waves and the QAB will now begin work all over again to secure more support for next years event. IBA Australasian General Terry Mckenna was pleased with the quality of the venue and the talent that supported the event. “D’Bah is a perfect spot for bodyboarding and this was just the kick-start we needed for the 2011 Rebel Sport Pro Tour” he said
The crew now all pack up and head South to the NSW Central Coast for the 3 Star Soldiers Beach Pro which kicks off on Wednesday.
1st Jake Stone, QLD
2nd Hayato Enokido, Japan
3rd Joe Clarke, QLD
4th Lachlan Cramsie, QLD
Jake Stone is No.1 in QLD!