Jake Stone claims back to back national titles

Stoney has done it again
Queensland’s Jake Stone has secured his second straight Australia Bodyboarding Association Men’s Pro Tour title after victory at the Hogs Breath Cafe Knights Pro on the weekend.
Stone defeated rising West Australian rider Davis Blackwell in a thrilling Pro Men’s final held in perfect fourt to six foot wedges to become only the second men’s bodyboarder in history to win back to back national titles.
The last men’s bodyboarder to win two straight titles was Cronulla legend Andrew Lester during the 1998 and 1999 Australian pro tour seasons.
The Sunshine Coaster scored a near perfect 9.33 ride to finish with a 18.26 point total over Blackwell’s 16.6 points.
“I’m frothing on the back to back national titles,” Stone said.
“I didn’t think I would win it (at Knights). I had a bit of a different preparation this time.
“But the surf was amazing. It was definitely the best I have ever seen Knights.
“The heat could have gone either way. There were plenty of waves.”
Stone had Blackwell combo’d for most of the final until the young West Australian scored an impressive 9.33 ride to put himself within striking distance.
“I was dropkneeing and thinking I had won the final until he got that score,” Stone said.
“I was pretty nervous after that. (Blackwell) is probably the best grommet around in my opinion.”
The round three win comes off the back of a victory at the NMD Dbah Pro on the Gold Coast last month and a fifth at the Mandurah Pro in West Australia earlier this year.
Stone now has a best of three event total of 5220 points, putting him out of reach of his nearest competitors going into the fourth round, the Mystics Pro, next month.
“I am planning to compete at Mystics if I am in Australia at the time,” Stone said.
“Otherwise I am pretty keen to compete on the world tour but I will have to wait and see.”
Gold Coast’s Eric Roy finished third at the Knights Pro ahead of Mullumbimby’s Dave Winchester.
In the Pro Junior final, Hawaiian Tanner McDaniel continued his impressive form to take out the event ahead of Queensland’s Simon Cassidy and West Australia Lachie Breakey.
The fourth round of the ABA Tour, the Mystics Pro, will take place in June.

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