The finals day of the Tahara Pro proved to be a real challenge for the girls as they batted two foot onshore conditions.
Sari Ohhara easily accounted for Yuki Nishimura in the opening semi-final. Easily picking the best ways that came through and busting a couple big rolls to secure a position in the final.[df-gallery url=”http://apbtour.com/gallery/2015-tahara-pro-japan/”]
All images Pedro Gomes
Shiori Okazawa got away to an early lead over Nao Nagai in very technical conditions, but Nao peekaboo way back wave by wave to take the second semi-final 11.75 to 10.8
As the girls were waiting to compete in the final, dark clouds starring rolling in and the building rain started to drizzle started, this pushed the surf up to nearly 3 foot. The crowd started filling all the tents along the beach to get a good position to watch as the excitement built.
The Mayor of Tahara (Masayoshi Yamashita arrived just in time to witness the highest scoring heat of the day.
Sari Ohhara opened with the 6.0 on a first ride with Ford reverse spins and finishing off with a good solid roll in a little sucky section. Nao Nagai could only answer back with a 4.5 as Sari continued to build on her score, never to be headed, finally sealing the event with a seven-point ride in the last five minutes.
Sari was absolutely ecstatic at her victory, which has moved into 4th place on the World Tour. When she received her trophy from the mayor she said in her acceptance speech’ I can’t wait to get to Sintra to really establish my position on the world rankings”, “It is a very exciting time for me and the girls at the top of the world tour is so hard to beat I really want to use all of my opportunities”
The women’s world tour continues at Sintra in Portugal on 23 September, for the live web cast on apbtour.com.