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Mason wins Pro Junior

Kiwi import Airini Mason (Tugun, Qld) was the Billabong Junior Pro women?s winner.
Kiwi import Airini Mason (Tugun, Qld) was the Billabong Junior Pro women?s winner.



KIWI surfing import Airini Mason led Saturday's girls final from start to finish to win the Billabong Pro Junior Series event at Macauleys.

The defending 2006 ASP Australasian series champion secured her first elite junior title win in over 12 months, defeating French surfer Alize Arnaud in the final.

The 16-year-old dominated the 25-minute decider, making the most of the clean three to four foot conditions to take an early lead. The smart surfing teen then used priority to hold her opponent off for the last five minutes.

French natural footer Arnaud struggled to find a decent scoring ride for much of the encounter, her two top rides only recieving mid range scores of 5.15 and 4.50.

"I'm just so stoked with this win, it's been a while and I have just wanted it so much," Mason said.

"This is a huge shot of confidence for me because all the other girls are just so good at the moment, the international girls are ripping and the level has just been boosted sky high in the last year."

Mason defeated event favourite and ASP ratings leader Sally Fitzgibbons from Gerroa in the semi-final after a crucial mistake saw Fitzgibbons rack up an interference.

Only being judged on one scoring wave, Fitzgibbons still notched up an 8.50 single ride but made it too easy for Mason who only needed two mid range 5.00 scores to take out the penultimate final.

"It wasn't an easy road to take to the final but I'm just happy that I got there," Mason said.

"In my semi-final Sally got two eights and if she hadn't have got that interference I would have been combo'd and never would have won."

Yesterday, Maroochydore surfer Mitch Coleborn topped off a tumultuous week by taking out the men's final. Coleburn won last week's Sunshine Coast event to put him on a real high but a midweek stop off at Duranbah on his south bound travels changed his mood considerably.

Returning from a surf, the 19-year-old found that his new Commodore wagon had been stolen as well as its contents which included eight surfboards, a laptop computer, his wallet and phone. While he can claim most of the losses back through insurance, the prizemoney and trophy from yesterday's victory has sent Coleborn's mood back on an upwards tack.