Birthday bliss earns final spot
LENNOX Head surfer Stephanie Single reached the open women's final of the Tweed Coast Pro at Cabarita yesterday.
Single celebrated her 22nd birthday on Saturday by winning her quarter-final and semi-final.
However, Japanese surfer Ren Hashimoto proved too strong in the final, finishing with 15.00 points (out of a possible 20) while Single could muster only 11.25.
"Everyone would prefer a win than a second but I'm really stoked to have made the final,” Single said.
"I struggled to find a decent wave in the final which was frustrating but she did; I suppose that is just surfing.
"I know if I had found a decent wave I could have got the score I needed.
"This is the best result I've had in ages, which is awesome.”
Single reached the quarter-finals of the Burleigh Pro last month and will now shift her focus to the Great Lakes Pro at Boomerang Beach on the Central Coast this week.
All three events are part of the Qualifying Series with the Australian Open of Surfing at Manly to be held later this month.
Meanwhile, Ty Watson won the open men's final at Cabarita.
"I'd never won a QS so I'm stoked to get one under the belt,” Watson said
"I've been out injured for a couple of years which has been tough but in the lead-up to this year I have been training super hard.
"Getting a fifth at Burleigh was great but to get the win here is just amazing.
"The conditions weren't great but I have a really good summer board which worked well for me.”