Taylor Jensen celebrates his win with daughter, Jagger.


GREAT DAY OF FINALS WITH USA TAKING BOTH TITLES AT THE 2014 AUSTRALIAN LONGBOARD SURFING OPEN
Sunday, 30 March 2014

The Australians put up a great challenge in the final of the 2014 Australian Longboard Surfing Open but the Americans excelled on the waves and took out both the Legendary Pacific Coast LQS Open Pro and Pretty Shady LQS Women's Pro.

Jen Smith, USA was dominant in the final against Rosie Locke, Sunshine Coast, Australia.  Smith's 4th & 6th waves gave her a combined total of 17.83 out of a possible 20.  Locke struggled to find the better waves in the final, particularly during the last ten minutes and was unable to come up with a combination score that would include scores above 8.5 each.

Said Jen, "This is the first ASP event I've done this year so to win it is really good, it's a good set up for the rest of the year.  It's a confidence booster; it makes me feel good about riding my single fin as I've never surfed an ASP event on a single fin before. To bring it out here and win this event is promising."

The Legendary Pacific Coast LQS Open Pro final was fiercely contested between two former World Longboard Champions Taylor Jensen, USA and Harley Ingleby, Emerald Coast, Australia. Jensen came out on top even though he only pulled three waves during the 30 minute final for a combined two wave total of 16.10.  Current title holder Ingleby, pushed hard all the way through the final and only just failed to secure the win with his last wave falling 2.4 short of what he needed, giving him a total of 13.74.

Jensen was happy with the win saying, "It's my first serious event this year so it's got the ball rolling, I feel good and I'm in command.  There are some big events later in the year so I'll just stay focused. Jensen enjoys the Legendary Pacific Coast and said, "I love the surf, the water, the people are super nice and it's just fun."

The 2014 Australian Longboard Surfing Open has been hugely successful and has featured a great atmosphere all week honouring the history of longboard surfing with an action packed program in and out of the surf.  Surfing Festival events featured Scoot Miss Beach Girl competition, surf films, surf yoga, art and lifestyle stalls.



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