Sarah Baum finished fifth in the Billabong World Junior Surfing Championships at Burleigh Heads in Australia this morning when she was defeated by eventual event winner Alessa Quizon (HAW) in their quarterfinal match-up.
Despite having recorded the highest single ride score and heat tallies of the entire event, Baum, could only muster a pair four point rides in today’s wind affected one metre waves and still needed a ride of 6.26 out of 10 when the siren sounded to end the 25 minute heat.
Quizon went on to post comprehensive heat victories over compatriot Leila Hurst (HAW) in the semis and Port Elizabeth born Philippa Anderson, now an Australian citizen, in the final.
Ironically, Quizon’s victory over Anderson handed the ASP Women’s Junior World Champion title to fellow Hawaiian Leila Hurst who had taken the rankings lead when her chief rival Joanne Defay (Reunion Island) was ousted in the quarters,
“I feel really happy, this is the best result I’ve had in a long time,” Quizon said. “I’m so happy that Leila (Hurst) won the ASP World Junior Title. A Hawaiian gets to take the title home, I’m really stoked for her!”
Billabong World Junior Championships Women’s Final Result:Alessa Quizon (HAW) 13.67 def. Philippa Anderson (AUS) 8.67
Semifinal Results:SF 1: Philippa Anderson (AUS) 15.10 def. Nage Melamed (HAW) 9.34 SF 2: Alessa Quizon (HAW) 13.80 def. Leila Hurst (HAW) 6.94
Quarterfinal Results:QF 1: Philippa Anderson (AUS) 13,07 def. Sarah Mason (NZL) 10.83 QF 2: Nage Melamed (HAW) 15.00 def. Joanne Defay (FRA) 12.67 QF 3: Leila Hurst (HAW) 15.67 def. Felicity Palmateer (AUS) 14.76 QF 4: Alessa Quizon (HAW) 10.83 def. Sarah Baum (ZAF) 8.97
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