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Mon, 29 January 2018

Adin Masencamp scooped the best WSL QS result of his career yesterday when he finished runner-up to Australian Nick Squiers in the QS1,000 Flight Centre Burleigh Pro in Australia.


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SMACK ATTACK: Adin Masencamp was the form surfer of the event. Photo WSL / Bennett


The 18-year-old from Strand was the form surfer on the final day in choppy 3-4 foot surf at Burleigh Point in Queensland, posting eight and nine point rides in each of his five heats, including one of the highest heat totals of the event – 18.15 – to defeat defending Burleigh Pro champ Oney Anwar (IND) in the semi-finals.

Masencamp could not find the waves he needed to overcome Squiers in the final but will leave Burleigh proud to have reached his first QS Final. He pocketed R15,000 and 750 precious rankings points, which sees him jump to No. 17 on the latest QS leaderboard.

“This has been an amazing experience for me,” Masencamp said. “I was in an amazing rhythm all day but sort of lost it in the final which was a shame. Nick (Squiers) is such an amazing surfer and deserves the win. My focus this year is to move up the seed list so to get a final this early in the season is amazing.”

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END RIGHT: Aussie Kobie Enright slayed the Burleigh surf to win the women's. Photo WSL / Andrews


36-year-old Squiers from the NSW South Coast has been hunting for a QS win since he took out the Carve Pro Maroubra in 2016. Despite a painful blue-bottle sting while paddling out for the final, the powerful natural-footer posted a winning heat total of 17.40 and ran away with the win.

“It’s been a little while between wins so it feels really good to be back on the podium,” Squires said. “It was great that the waves showed up here at Burleigh, it was pretty much pumping by the end of the day. My seed has dropped a bit in the last few years so to start this season off with a win is great for the confidence.”

The Flight Centre Burleigh Pro women’s event was won by Kobie Enright (AUS) who beat Sara Wakita (JPN) in the final to claim back-to-back QS victories after her victory in Maroubra last weekend.

For more info and images head to www.worldsurfleague.com or check out the free WSL App.

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ONE AND TWO: Squires and Masencamp pose on the podium. Photo WSL / Andrews


FINAL RESULTS
1 – Nick Squiers (AUS) 17.40
2 – Adin Masencamp (ZAF, Strand) 16.0

SEMI-FINAL RESULTS
SF 1: Adin Masencamp (ZAF, Strand) 16.0 def. Oney Anwar (IND) 12.65
SF 2: Nick Squiers (AUS) 15.25 def. Keanu Kamiyama (JPN) 14.65

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