Jen Smith (San Diego, CA), 24, won the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Longboard Qualifying Series (LQS) 3-Star Costa Rica PLA Pro in clean two-to-four-foot (1 metre) surf at Costa Rica’s impressive lefthand pointbreak of Boca Barranca.
The Costa Rica PLA Pro marks the second stop on the ASP North America Longboard Qualifying Series (LQS) and offers valuable ratings points towards qualification for the ASP World Longboard Tour.
Jen Smith, who is the reigning two-time ASP Women’s World Longboard Champion, wasted no time in her final bout to clinch the highest scores of the entire women’s event by combining beautiful noserides and massive turns to post a 17.50 out of 20 combined heat total to take out her first event win of the season.
“It was incredible out there,” Smith said. “It really turned on for the Final and I definitely caught my best waves by far in that heat. I just sort of positioned myself further down the point that all of the other girls and they were a little too deep for those sets and I was able to get some really beautiful noserides.”
In addition to clinching the impressive victory, Smith also launches out to an early-season ratings lead over the women’s ASP North America Longboard Qualifying Series field with today’s win.
“I’m doing all of the events this year and with this being a 3-Star, the points are important,” Smith said. “We all split the points at the last event in Ocean Beach, I knew that this event would be the one to put someone out front.”
The next stop on the ASP North America Longboard Qualifying Series will be the ASP LQS 6-Star America’s Open of Longboarding at Huntington Beach Pier from June 4 through 6, 2010.
Costa Rica PLA Pro Women’s Final Results:
1- Jen Smith (USA) 17.50
2- Summer Romero (USA) 14.13
3- Leah Dawson (HAW) 12.03
4- Kelly Nicely (USA) 8.67
Costa Rica PLA Pro Women’s Semifinals Results:
Heat 1: Leah Dawson (HAW) 13.10, Jennifer Smith (USA) 16.93, Nava Young (AUS) 11.76, Kaitlin Maguire (USA) 8.34
Heat 2: Summer Romero (USA) 16.93, Kelly Nicely (USA) 11.27, Amy King (USA) 10.10, Kate Easton (USA) 4.10