Webster surfs her way to title win

THERE was nothing lucky about Kirsty Webster’s over-35 Australian women’s longboard title win, and that is the way she likes it.

It is not something that has fallen into her lap easily, but to win after coming so close on other occasions just makes the win even sweeter.

“I have made it to a lot of finals, but have never pulled out the big win. It was very satisfying and it was in really challenging conditions,” Webster said.

“I watched some of the best surfers in Australia struggle to get out the back, or get out there and couldn’t catch anything.

“Sometimes you can get lucky in a heat, and win without surfing your best, but I can hold my head up and know that I worked for this one.”

Webster opened her account in the final with a 6.9 on a right-hander, before catching one of the waves of the day, a big left, which scored her a 7.5, for a 14.4 total.

She came ninth in the open women’s division, and would love to improve upon that ranking.

“I would like to take it a step further in the open women’s,” she said.

“Certainly doing that and also getting a start on the world longboard tour would be great. “I am just happy to be a part of women’s longboarding. It is an exciting time to be a part of it all.”



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