Laurie Towner surfs his way to a win in round three of the Billabong Pro Teen Series in New Zealand yesterday.  Photos: TIM JON
Laurie Towner surfs his way to a win in round three of the Billabong Pro Teen Series in New Zealand yesterday. Photos: TIM JON

Laurie?s week to remember



ANGOURIE surfer Laurie Towner has had the kind of week you would dream about.

Seven days ago, the talented natural footer was surfing 15-foot Shipsterns Bluff with Andy Irons and Joel Parkinson.

Yesterday he reclaimed the ASP Australasian Junior Series ratings lead with an emphatic win over Owen Wright (Culburra) at the Billabong Pro Teen-Series surf event in New Zealand.

The final day of competition was forced to relocate 20 minutes south of Manu Bay Raglan, finalising at Ruapuke Beach in clean three to four foot rip bowl right handers.

The conditions, while not nearly resembling the monsters Towner conquered last week in Australia, were well suited to the tall natural footer, adapting his powerful brand of top turns to the glassy walls.

"It's been a really good week for me and I'm just happy everything has panned out the way it has," Towner, 19, said.

"It's been a week of highs, good waves at Shipsterns and then I won the contest, I couldn't be happier. I'm stoked to be back on top of the ratings as well, it's a good feeling.

"Hopefully I can stay where I am and I would be happy if I finished in the top five or top 10.

"I'm having a good year so I want to keep the momentum going."

In one of the best finals seen in junior competition this year, the two event standouts traded blows for the entire 25 minutes with Wright striking first, posting an 8.00 just moments after the first siren.

Towner fought back to score two mid range 6.75 rides and take the lead before securing it with the top scoring wave of the finals, an 8.50, shortly after.

With Wright needing a 7.14 in the latter stages of the exchange, Towner used the priority rule wisely, holding his young challenger off any wave that would have offered up the required score.

"It was a tough final, Owen started off with an 8.00 and normally when someone does that they are pretty set for the rest of the heat," Towner said.

"Owen is young, but he is a really good surfer. It's hard to fight back against someone like that.

"I managed to get a couple of really good waves and overtake him. I let him take a couple of waves on the inside, but luckily enough he didn't get the score he needed."

Wright, who knocked out the in-form Mitch Coleborn (Maroochydore) in the semi-finals, scored his best Pro-Junior result yesterday in the highly rated Billabong Pro-Teen Series.

? SURFING AUSTRALIA.



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