Madison surfs to success in Bali
EXPERIENCE overcame local knowledge with Coffs Harbour's Madison Williams winning the all-Australian final of the Billabong Pro Junior Series Indonesia at Kuta Reef in Bali at the weekend.
In perfect 1.5 metre waves, Williams narrowly defeated fellow natural footer Brent Dorrington (Gold Coast) in the left-hand waves situated 800 metres offshore in front of Discovery Kartika Plaza.
Williams set up his win from his opening ride - an 8.33 (out of a possible 10) - that saw him break his board on dry reef with a death defying backhand re-entry.
Unfazed by the experience, the 18-year-old, quickly backed up with a 6.67 to leave his opponent to play catch-up for the remainder of the 30-minute final.
"I'm just so happy to have won my first junior event in Bali," said Williams who has now taken the ratings lead on the Indonesian Surfing Championship (ISC) Pro Junior.
"I just wish my old man was here to have seen it, he would have been frothing. I was a bit rattled at first when my board broke but then I heard I had that 8.33 score and my back-up board felt just as good.
"What the Balinese and Billabong have done here is amazing. Especially this event being so far out to sea, it's incredible for the locals and for the Aussies as well."
Dorrington, fresh from his first major pro junior win at Trestles California, came back with an 7.33 and 7 point ride but was left requiring a 7.68 score on the final siren.
"At the start of the heat we decided to do rock, paper scissors to see who would get the better second set wave," said Dorrington. "I went paper and Madison went scissors, so I had to go the first one and he got the second one which was a bomb."
"I'm happy to see Madison win he deserves it, but I don't think I will be playing that game again."
The final heat score saw Williams claim victory by less than one point with a total heat score of 15.00 points (out of a possible 20) to Dorrington's 14.33.