|Erin Brooks and Adin Masencamp Dominate Day 1
Fifteen-year-old phenom Erin Brooks (CAN) made her Challenger Series debut today at Snapper Rocks and her performance did not disappoint. The exciting young goofy-footer took a dominant win in the last heat of the Round of 48 to book herself a spot in the Round of 32. Brooks’ speed and flow on her backside was the perfect match for Snapper Rocks as she blasted her way down the line to post an impressive two-wave total of 13.37 (out of a possible 20). She will now compete in Heat 8 of the Round of 32 where she will take on Isabella Nichols (AUS), Sawyer Lindblad, and local hopeful Kobie Enright (AUS).
“I’m just trying to learn how to surf heats and get some experience so getting a heat win is a bonus really,” Brooks said. “It’s also my first time surfing Snapper in a contest and I had such a great time. It’s such an amazing wave and having no one out is a dream. Getting another heat out here is so exciting because it means more perfect waves with no one out.”
South African surfer Adin Masencamp (RSA) looked right at home on the long walls of Snapper Rocks. Masencamp got his campaign off to the perfect start, snagging a set wave in the opening minute and surfing it excellently to post an 8.00 point ride (out of a possible 10). He then backed it up with a 7.17 for a heat total of 15.17, the highest of the opening day.
“It was pretty awesome to get that first wave – we were all hustling for it,” Masencamp said. “It was pretty slow out there so I knew I needed to get a quick start. I then backed it up which felt pretty good. It’s so perfect out there that it’s hard not to go for every wave. Once I got those two scores I took off on a few and had a bit of fun. It was amazing to be out there and to have this platform. This is one of the best waves in the world so it’s pretty awesome to have this event. This is really special to be out there with no one out.”
Other up-and-comers who stood out on Day 1 of competition at the Boost Mobile Gold Coast Pro included Ellie Harrison (AUS), Nanaho Tsuzuki (JPN), Moana Jones-Wong (HAW) and John Mark Tokong (PHL) who is the first Filipino competitor on the Challenger Series. European Regional Qualifying Series winner Yolanda Hopkins (POR) also took a convincing win on Day 1 to progress into the Round of 32.
Current WSL World Junior Champions Jarvis Earle (AUS) and Francisca Veselko (POR) also progressed through their opening heats to move into the seeded rounds at Snapper Rocks.