Kiwi surfer Ella Williams has big win on world stage

Kiwi surfer Ella Williams claimed first place at the World Surfing League series overnight.
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Kiwi surfer Ella Williams claimed first place at the World Surfing League series overnight.

Kiwi surfer Ella Williams has claimed her second career event win on the World Surf League qualifying tour at the 2017 Boardmasters Titles in Cornwall.

Williams claimed her first event win of the season and cut away from a string of average results lately.

The former World Junior Champion has been consistently placing in the Top 30 on the qualifying series and will look to build momentum from her Newquay win.

"It's such a great feeling to win an event again, I'm so excited," Williams, from Whangamata, said.

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"This has been my toughest season ever so far so it's nice to finally get back in rhythm. Winning an event makes the place all the more special and I'm excited to go back to Lacanau just like I'll be excited to come back here next year.

"My mum and dad take turns travelling with me and I really like having their support, it's really tough doing it on your own."

Australia's Mikalela Greene was runner-up for the second time in 2017 and commended her Kiwi rival.

"Ella is a really tough competitor and if it was going to be anybody to lose to I'm glad I lost to her today,"

"Every heat is a learning curve and I definitely took away a lot from that heat. I'm pretty happy with my performance and I definitely I can get that first place before the end of the season.

"It gives you a lot of confidence when you have a good result behind you and I hope I can follow through in the next few events. This place has that real English vibe and it's been a great experience for my first time in Newquay."

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