Sarah Baum (ZAF) continued her winning streak to take the 2020 Sisstrevolution Central Coast Pro World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) 3000 event at Avoca Beach on Sunday, 1 March 2020.
The former Durbanite’s start to the year has been nothing but spectacular, with a win at the Carve Pro and a runner-up finish at the recent Mothernest Great Lakes Pro. After she took out top honours in the final against Cedar Leigh-Jones (Avalon, NSW), she also secured the Vissla NSW Pro Surf Series title.
Baum used her deadly backhand attack to notch up a massive 15.60 two-wave heat total. A near-perfect 9.00-point wave score during the final afforded Baum some breathing space between her and Leigh-Jones, who couldn’t catch up in time. Baum will now head to her adopted hometown of Newcastle for the Doyle Partners Women’s Pro at Merewether.
“The result hasn’t really sunk in yet, but I think it will in a few hours.” – South African surfer, Sarah Baum.
“This is totally surreal,” said Baum. “These 3000 points and the prizemoney from this event will go such a long way to helping me to qualify. I’m so excited for the rest of the year now. The result hasn’t really sunk in yet, but I think it will in a few hours. I now have to head home to Newcastle and prepare for the QS5000 there, so hopefully, this bit of momentum will help me when that event begins.”
Leigh-Jones claimed her best result to date, finishing runner-up after an incredible performance throughout the competition. The 15-year-old was happy with her result, even though she was unable to get the required score to take the lead from Baum.
“I didn’t even think I was going to make it through to Friday in this competition, so I’m super stoked with this result,” said Leigh-Jones. “I came into this event just looking for a half-decent result, but I didn’t quite expect this. Unfortunately, I didn’t any great waves in the final, but I’m still happy. This is definitely my biggest result to date.”
Photo 1 Caption: Sarah Baum (ZAF) won the 2020 Sisstrevolution Central Coast Pro. Photo: WSL/Ethan Smith
With editing by gsport