- 10 January 2014 | Surfing
Nathan Hedge and Stephanie Single have won the Piping Hot Surf Festival, at Bells Beach, Australia. The 2014 ASP Qualifying Series season has been officially opened.
Veteran surfer Nathan Hedge, 34, has been a top surfer during his colourful career, and his determination and enthusiasm seems as strong, if not stronger than ever.
"I was inspired by Australian tennis legend Lleyton Hewitt's recent win! He's such a fighter and has a never say die approach to sport and a belief he can beat the best like he did the other day knocking out Rodger Federer, in a final, and I'm similar", says Hedge.
"I believe I can keep going and re-qualify this year on the elite ASP World Championship Tour. The Piping Hot Surf Festival at Bells has been great and it’s good to win down here".
Hedge scored multiple outstanding 9-point-rides on the final day and finished the final with a healthy 16.00 out of a possible 20, to defeat Nic Squeirs, who had been a stand-out all event.
Meanwhile, 18-year-old Lennox Head surfer Stephanie Single took a narrow victory over Laura Macauley. In a see-sawing, lead changing final, Single found a decisive 9-point-ride in the final five minutes to take the win.
"I've just recovered from an ankle injury and I wasn't even sure I'd be able to compete a week ago. So to come and actually win feels amazing", adds Stephanie Single.
The Pro Junior divisions saw Byron Bay's Soli Bailey and the Sunshine Coast's Keely Andrew claim top honours, capping off an exciting finals day at Bells Beach.
Piping Hot Surf Festival Final Results:
Nathan Hedge (16.00) def. Nic Squeirs (14.25)
Stephanie Single (15.25) def. Laura Macaulay (13.00)
Soli Bailey (13.50) def. Elliot Paerata-Reid (11.10)
Keely Andrew (11.50) def. Grace Styman-Lane (10.75)