Mon, 16 September 2019

Cape Town's Jordy Maree did his aspirations to join the other Jordy on the CT next year a world of good when he won the Nias Pro at the infamous righthander Lagundri Bay yesterday.

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CAREER BEST: Jordy Maree pulled off the win of his career to soar to #62 on the QS. Photo WSL

The result is Maree's career best on the WS Qualifying Series (QS) tour, and gives the talented youngster a boost in his aspirations to become the second South African Jordy on the Championship Tour (CT) next year. The win puts the 20-year-old moves him to #62 in the world.

Maree defeated USA surfer Shaun Burns to take the win in cooking 4-6 feet waves. Both surfers reveled in the great waves throughout the event, but it was Maree who stepped up to the challenge halfway into the final. Trailing Burns, the Capetonian dug deep to find an excellent score of 8.93 with a series of critical top-to-bottom backhand turns. With a backup score of 6.67 for a total of 15.60 (out of a possible 20) Maree secured the title.

“I cannot believe I’ve won this event - it is so special because it’s held in such a special and world famous surfing location” said a near-exhausted but elated Maree after a long day, which saw the South African win all four of his heats. “All the hard work in the gym paid off today, I have been training so hard and it was exactly what was required on a day like this

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TOP DOWN: Maree's gym work paid dividends in this hard-fought win. Photo WSL

“It’s been a remarkable week and this circuit in Asia, especially these Indonesian events that run in amazing waves make for a true dream tour - I’m off to Sri Lanka next week and I can’t wait for another great event!”

Maree also survived a tough see-sawing Semifinal when he defeated Australia’s Callum Robson. Piper Harrison from Australia won the women's QS1,000 defeating fellow countrywoman Alysse Cooper.

The WSL Asia Surfing Tour aims to deliver magnificent events in great surfing locations. Indonesia in particular goes under the catch-cry of World’s Premier Surfing Destination and Nias certified that by delivering high quality surf yet again. The next major WSL event in this region is the So Sri Lanka Pro 2019 at Arugam Bay from 25-29 September.

For more information, please visit www.WorldSurfLeague.com

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