Claire Bevilacqua Win’s Women’s Division Final on Day 2 of West Sumbawa Pro 2016
Taking out the ASC Women’s Division of the West Sumbawa Pro 2016 today was West Australia’s Claire Bevilacqua (AUS), capping off her second day of great performances in West Sumbawa to best runner up Denver Young (AUS) and the Indonesian/American sisters Kailani and Puanani Johnson from Bali in a 30 minute final.
Bevilacqua spent 7 years on the World Championship Women’s Tour, her highest ranking 6th in the world, and is delighted to be experiencing West Sumbawa for the first time; winning the event is just icing on the cake.
“West Sumbawa has been really dreamy since we got here, and everyday that I’ve woken up here it’s more and more beautiful,” she said. “If the waves we competed in were this good back when I was on the World Tour, I’d still be competing! This is definitely my new favorite spot in Indonesia for sure,” she added.
The Women’s final was held at Playgrounds, a left and right peak that is sheltered from the massive swell that is pounding Yoyo’s, the primary event location. After starting off the morning’s competition by running through the remaining seven heats of the Men’s Round 1, the women were called into action for their final with excellent 2-3 foot well shaped waves on offer.
None of the finalists had ever surfed this wave before, and it was an even mix of regular footers and goofyfooters, which made for a great finale. Bevilacqua’s experience and wave selection ability had her out in front rather quickly and soon she had combo’d the field, capping it off with the highest score of the women’s division of 9.17 points (out of a possible 10 points) to bring home the 1st place prize money of Rp 20 million (just over $1,500 USD).
“I had all the young girls nipping at my feet out there, and with two of them being goofyfooters who could have gotten a good barrels at any time, so I knew I just had to be patient, wait for the sets, not fall off and finish my waves,” said Bevilacqua. “I wanted to catch every wave that came through, they were that perfect….it was hard not to overfroth!”
After the Women’s final it was back to start Men’s Round 2, of which the first tour heats were completed before the tide got too low.
The first highlight of the Men’s Division action today was Lakey Peak’s Joey Barrel, a diminutive thirty something legend always lives up to his nickname, slotting into one of Playgrounds perfect lefts and getting into and out of three barrel sections to win his Round 1 heat.
Next was Lombok’s Riman Jayadi scoring a perfect 10 points for dropping straight into a barrel and disappearing so deep and for so long nobody thought he had a chance of coming out. “It was really shallow out there and when that wave came it doubled up and so I was kinda scared,” said Riman. “But I just dropped in and held my line. That’s my first ever 10-point ride in an ASC contest, so I’m super stoked! It feels so amazing and I’m so happy to be here, I think it was my lucky day.”
Other competitors of note putting on solid performances today include Desert Point’s Usman Trioko and Bali’s Made “Bol” Adi Putra, who won their Round 2 heats to advance to Round 3. Top seeds Dede Suryana and Rio Waida from Indonesia, as well as Piso Alcala and John Mark “Marama” Tokong from the Philippines are also through to Round 3.
According to Contest Director Tipi Jabrik, the swell will be continuing to build tomorrow and peaking by the late afternoon, so in all likelihood Playgrounds and possibly Supersucks will be the venue’s of choice for tomorrow’s completion of the remaining Round 2 heats and also Round 3, which will be man-on-man rather than the four man format.
“We’re looking for another exciting day here in West Sumbawa,” said Jabrik. “Though the swell is way too big for our primary site of Yoyo’s at the moment, it’s great to have a good choice of other locations to compete in and give the competitors a look at more than just one wave, as this area is so full of good surf spots.”
ASC Women’s Division Results:
1. Claire Bevilacqua (AUS) – 16.83 points
2. Denver Young (AUS) – 12.33 points
3. Kailani Johnson (IND) – 7.80 points
4. Puanani Johnson (IND) – 5.90 points
The West Sumbawa Pro 2016 is part of the West Sumbawa Festival 2016, which will include an opening ceremony with traditional culture art performances, the surfing contest, a parade, live music performances, beach volleyball, and a photography contest.