Ella Williams Claims 2017 Boardmasters Title
Above: Whangamata surfer Ella Williams - Photo: WSL / LAURENT MASUREL
As the swell bumped up slightly from previous days and the sky cleared, conditions looked a little bit nicer and allowed competitors in the QS1,000 Boardmasters, Quiksilver & Roxy Opens to fight for the event titles today.
Ella Williams claimed her first event win of the season and a much deserved break from a string of average results lately. The former World Junior Champion has been consistently placing in the Top 30 on the Qualifying Series and will need to build momentum from her Newquay win and transpose her good form on the bigger events coming right up.
"It's such a great feeling to win an event again, I'm so excited!," said Williams. "This has been my toughest season ever so far so it's nice to finally get back in rhythm. Winning an event makes the place all the more special and I'm excited to go back to Lacanau just like I'll be excited to come back here next year. My mom and dad take turns traveling with me and I really like having their support, it's really tough doing it on your own."
Mikaela Greene placed runner-up for the second time in 2017 and adds yet another great result to her season tally. Unfortunately the young Aussie's best finishes have only been in smaller-scale events so far and she'll need to step her game up in the QS6,000 where the big points are.
Mikaela had previously upset the defending event champion Claire Bevilacqua, defeating the former Championship Tour surfer in their Semifinal matchup.
"Ella is a really tough competitor and if it was going to be anybody to lose to I'm glad I lost to her today," Mikaela admitted. "Every heat is a learning curve and I definitely took away a lot from that heat. I'm pretty happy with my performance and I definitely I can get that first place before the end of the season. It gives you a lot of confidence when you have a good result behind you and I hope I can follow through in the next few events. This place has that real English vibe and it's been a great experience for my first time in Newquay."