World Junior Championships Gold Coast 2011: Women Step It Up

The competition at Burleigh Headland shifted to the Women's event of the 2011 Billabong World Junior Championships Gold Coast. Sarah Baum rocked her heats with impressive backhands and the scores to match.

Ellie-Jean Coffey.  Photo: ASP/DunbarToday saw a slight decrease in swell size at Burleigh Heads for Day 2 of the 2011 Billabong World Junior Championships Gold Coast, and the call was made to run Rounds 1 and 2 of the Women's event. The women went for it in the 2 foot surf, putting on a good show for the hundreds of onlookers lining the Burleigh Headland.

Sarah Baum was the talk of the town after starring in the last heat of Round 1. The young lady from Durban, South Africa used her powerful backhand attack to post the highest heat total of the event thus far - 18.53 (out of a possible 20).

"I surf rights most of the time so I've got a strong backhand," Baum said. "I also think this wave is easy to surf on your backhand because you can get right in the pocket. I was nervous going into this event, but now I'm feeling confident after that 9.93 (out of a possible 10)."

Sarah Mason was another goofy-footer to put on a dominant Round 1 performance where she scored a massive heat total of 17.96 (out of a possible 20).

"It's awesome surfing at Burleigh with only a couple of girls out!" Mason said. "I live on the Gold Coast, but I haven't surfed Burleigh in a long time, so it's good to get some nice waves out here."

Alessa Quizon used her sharp backhand attack to post some big scores today and skipped Round 2, advancing directly into Round 3. Quizon defeated Bianca Buitendag and Philippa Anderson who finished 2nd and 3rd respectively.

"I was out there just trying to focus on myself and not worry about the others," Quizon said. "I live at Makaha on the west side of Oahu and there's pretty much only rights, so I get to practice on my backhand all the time, so I feel really comfortable out there."

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