Taj Stokes and Ellie Harrison claim victory pumping waves at the Cape Naturaliste Pro

World Surf League: YALLINGUP, WA/AUS (Sunday October 23, 2022) – Queensland’s Taj Stokes and Victoria’s Ellie Harrison claimed their first World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) victories, with dominating performances in pumping conditions yesterday at the Cape Naturaliste Pro presented by Creatures of Leisure, the latest stage of the West Australian Pro 2022 Surf Series.

In arguably the best waves seen at a QS1000 event in Australia in recent memory, Yallingup Main Break provided neat four to six foot surf all day, with sunny skies and a festival style atmosphere.

Ellie Harrison (Barwon Heads, VIC), confirmed her rising star status, only dropping the trials by a perfect 10-point run on her way to victory. Harrison beat Amelie Bourke (Newcastle, NSW) in the women’s final, confirming her Peel Pro Junior win at Mandurah earlier in the week.

In a hotly contested final, Harrison had to tap deep into his energy reserves to achieve a combined two-wave total of 12.15 (out of a possible 20). Despite posting the highest individual score in the final with a 7.75 (out of a possible 10), Bourke couldn’t find a backup score strong enough to defeat Harrison in the final minutes of their confrontation.

“I feel really good, that last round was really tough, but I’m happy to have won,” said Harrison. “It was such a great trip to Western Australia, to win the Pro Junior in Mandurah, to qualify for the World Juniors and now to win my first QS, it will be an experience that will stay in my memory for a very long time.”

Taj Stokes (Sunshine Coast, QLD) is another surfer with a bright future, and his first QS victory at Yallingup will surely be the first of many. Stokes reached the semi-finals of the Peel Pro Junior and capped his trip to WA with a win over Max Marsden (Geraldton, WA) in the men’s final.

The two in-form surfers from the event went head-to-head in the 30-minute finale, with the pair trading waves and scores at will. Stokes’ fluid style and flawless technique saw him post an excellent 8.75 and back it up with a 7.00, to finish on a combined two-wave total of 15.75 (out of a possible 20), leaving Marsden chasing a great score when the siren sounds.

“It was a surreal day, we woke up this morning to six foot offshore conditions and knew we were going to have a great day and to top it all off with a win is awesome,” said Stokes. “It was a very good trip out West and this win is the icing on the cake for me and I expect many more.”

The Cape Naturaliste Pro presented by Creatures of Leisure saw many Western Australian surfers shine on home soil with Max Marsden among the local competitors, as well as Luke Campbell (Scarborough, WA) reaching the semi-finals. While Otis North (Yallingup, WA), Duke Nagtzaam (Yallingup, WA) and Cyrus Cox (Margaret River, WA) all made the quarterfinals.

On the women’s side of the draw, Felicity Palmateer (Yanchep, WA) and Emma Cattlin (Yallingup, WA) were Western Australia’s best placed to reach the semi-finals, along with Olive Hardy (Margaret River, WA), Mia McCarthy (Cowaramup, WA) and Coral Durant (Red Bluff, WA) making all quarterfinals.

The Cape Naturaliste Pro presented by Creatures of Leisure capped off an exciting week of professional surfing in Western Australia, with back-to-back events in Mandurah and Yallingup creating a coastal road trip through WA’s South West for traveling surfers and Aussies alike. from West. .

“The WA Pro Surf Series has made a welcome return after a two-year hiatus,” said Justin Majeks, Surfing WA Event Manager. “We scored some really good waves at Mandurah and Yallingup and I congratulate Ellie Harrison and Taj Stokes on their wins here at Yallingup. We look forward to bringing these events back to the shores of WA for many years to come.

For more information on the Cape Naturaliste Pro QS 1000, visit www.worldsurfleague.com or download the free WSL app.

The WA Pro Surf Series is brought to you in partnership with Surfing WA, World Surf League, City of Mandurah, Visit Mandurah, City of Busselton, Government of Western Australia through its Regional Events Scheme (RES). Proudly supported by Rusty, Vans, Creatures of Leisure, Otis Eyewear, Mandurah Mazda, Mandurah Holiday Rentals, Minute Man Press Perth, Miami Bakehouse, 91.7 The Wave, Coast FM, Caves House Hotel and Caves Road Construction.

About the West Australian Pro Surf Series:

The WA Pro Surf Series is set to return in 2022 and was created for local, Australian and international surfers to earn ranking points and prize money on the WSL Junior Tour and Qualifying Series. The series also creates a trip to the WA coast for surfers to explore the wide variety of waves, amazing local communities and Western Australia’s unique surf culture.

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