STEPHANIE SINGLE TAKES OUT VAHINE PRO JUNIOR
The Vahine Pro Junior final was an all-Australian battle, natural verse goofy-footer, with both girls tearing apart the clean running walls at Papara rivermouth. Coffey used her powerful backhand attack, while Single unleashed her gouging forehand snaps. In the end it was Single who edged out Coffey by less than one point on the last wave of the event! This is Single's first ASP Australasia Pro Junior Series event win and sees her move to No. 1 on the ratings.
'I'm really happy right now!' Single said. 'I've never won one of these before and I was hoping this would be my first win! When I first got here the surf was small and I was worried because I'm not very good in small waves, but as the surf got bigger I feel like I've kept improving. This win is going to give me a big confidence boost as I go off and try to do some ASP World Tour 6-Star events later in the year.'
Coffey is having a breakthrough year, starting with a win at the ASP Pro Junior in Newcastle and now a runner-up here at the Vahine Pro Junior. She held the lead for 28 minutes of the 30 minute final, letting Single steal the lead on her last wave.
'I really wanted to win!' Coffey said. 'I'm disappointed with second, but it happens. I'm in Tahiti and I love it here so I shouldn't let it get me down. This was a great event, the waves were fun and it's paradise here.
VAHINE PRO JUNIOR FINAL RESULT:
1st: Stephanie Single (AUS) 15.20 def. 2nd: Ellie-Jean Coffey (AUS) 14.50
ASP Australasia Rankings1 Stephanie Single (AUS)
2 Ellie-Jean Coffey (AUS)
3 Karelle Poppke (PYF)
4 Mauarii Maro (PYF)
5 Ella Williams (NZL)