Whangamata teenager Ella Williams has captured the 2013 Women's World Junior surfing title in Brazil this morning (NZ time).
The 18-year-old defeated Hawaii's Tatiana Weston-Webb in a hard-fought final to win the (ASP) Association of Surfing Professionals crown at Joaquina Beach in Florianopolis.
"Can't believe it! I just got crowned the asp women's world title!!! I am so thankful for the support and thanks everyone back at home for your support so grateful! Can't believe it! A dream come true!" Williams posted on her Twitter account shortly after.
Past winners of the age-group title include senior world tour stars Sally Fitzgibbons (Australia), Pauline Ado (France) and Laura Enever (Australia).
The victory also gives Williams a seed into the round of 60 for all ASP Women's 6-Star events for next year, potentially fast-tracking her chance of qualifying for the elite ASP Top 17.
Williams entered the event as a last-minute alternate but claimed the title by beating recent ASP Women's World Championship Tour qualifier Johanne Defay of France, then seeing off Weston-Webb.
"This is like a dream," Williams told the ASP World Tour website.
"I've worked really hard to get here and for it to pay off was amazing. I was pretty lucky to get in to the competition and anything was just a bonus for me.
"This is really just amazing. Getting in to the top round of the QS events is such a fantastic help for myself and I hope to do well and progress next year."
- © Fairfax NZ News
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