WHAT A PRO: Angourie surfer wins Mentawai Pro event
SURFING: Chris Zaffis has chosen the perfect setting for his breakthrough World Surf League Qualifying Series win.
The Angourie surfer took out the Mentawai Pro in Indonesia surfing what organisers dubbed as "some of the best waves ever seen in a WSL QS 1000 event" on the famed break Lances Right.
Zaffis took down Balinese surfing legend Dede Suryana in an incredible final, scoring 19.25 points to 18 on the perfect four-to-six-foot barrelling waves.
"I'm so lost for words - I can't believe I just won a QS in such pumping barrels," Zaffis said.
"I don't think I've ever surfed waves as good as that in my life so to surf like that in a comp is mind boggling - waves don't get better than that."
Zaffis was a standout all event posting high scores each round. He left his best to last finding some of the bigger, longer barrels to produce a 9.70 and 9.55 in the final, the latter in the last two minutes. Needing an 8.75, he took a set wave and scored a dredging long tube ride, followed by three big turns and another tube on the infamous inside section known as the Surgeon's Table.
It was his first QS victory and the biggest win of his career.
"I knew I needed that score and was so nervous, Dede had been on such a roll all contest," Zaffis said.
"I waited and waited until that one came and just sat in it."
Suryana was a deserving finalist posting three perfect 10 out of 10 rides on the final day, including two in one heat for a very rare perfect heat score.
"The waves were insane today," Suryana said. "I think today were the best waves I have seen in a contest, it was so amazing."