Jensen wins again

Reigning world champion Taylor Jensen (USA) was crowned champion at the James Bros Longboard Classic at Merewether Beach in Newcastle last week. Jensen, 33, who lives at Angourie for half the year and Oceanside California for the other six months, earned $US2000 for his win. It was the three-time (2011, 2012, 2017) world champion’s first time surfing at Merewether. Jensen scored the three highest heat totals for the entire contest, the highest of which (16.40) was in the final when he defeated Coffs Harbour’s dual world champion Harley Ingleby (12.40). “I lucked into the first one (8.50) and almost got hung-up on the top, but it ran really nicely,” Jensen said after the final. “It wasn’t the sets that were the best; you had to pick the waves that hit the bank the best, as they seemed to offer the higher scoring chances. “It was super consistent and fun; we had waves all day.”