Brisa Hennessy takes down two time champ to claim Jr. Women’s title at the Van’s U.S. Open of Surfing.
Oahu local Brisa Hennessy (HAW) wasted no time establishing control of the Jr. woman’s final at the Van’s U.S. Open of Surfing, opening up the heat with a stellar 8.67. She showed no fear as she put the pressure on an incredible finals field that included Huntington Beach local Meah Collins (USA) who last year competed in this event at the CT level, current European Pro Junior No. 1 Teresa Bonvalot (PRT) and of course the winner of this event the last two years, Caroline Marks (USA).
Bonvalot would briefly hold the lead, but Hennessy would regain it for good on her second wave, scoring a solid 6.33 to give her a score of 15.00 that would carry her through the finals. It would not be without suspense as the two time champion of this event, Caroline Marks, who has owned this event for the last two years, would put the pressure on scoring a 9.00 on an excellent carving run that would ignite the crowd in Huntington Beach.
The three competitors continuously put pressure on Hennessy but, it would be too little too late as time ticked away and the waves subsided in the final minutes to help preserve the victory for Hennessy who only took three waves in the championship final, but made the most of them.
Caroline Marks would score enough to finish as the runner up, in this her third straight finals appearance, Teresa Bonvalot would end up third after briefly holding the lead, and local Meah Collins would finish in a solid fourth at her home break.
All four of these finalist will now focus on the second half of the QS schedule as they chase a coveted spot on the WSL Championship Tour in 2018. They should all also be in line for a birth in the world junior championships in Australia early next year.