Jackson Baker wins Great Lakes Pro to continue flying start to QS campaign

JACKSON Baker was targetting a top 50 World Surf League qualifying series finish after scoring back-to-back titles to start his season.

ON A HIGH: Jackson Baker at the Great Lakes Pro. Picture: WSL/Ethan Smith

ON A HIGH: Jackson Baker at the Great Lakes Pro. Picture: WSL/Ethan Smith

The Merewether natural-footer, who won the Tweed Coast Pro last week, defeated Cronulla’s Jared Hickel in the final of the Great Lakes Pro at Boomerang Beach on Sunday.

Baker started the decider with a nine-point en route to a 13.70 two-wave total, which proved too much for Hickel (12.4), who needed a 6.06 late to win.

It was Baker’s third 1000-point QS event win and second inside a week, leaving him fifth early on the second-tier rankings. 

“I don’t think you can feel much better than this,” Baker said.

“I was so stoked to win on the Tweed Coast and have success this early in the year, but to go back-to-back is such a dream run. It’s definitely the best start to a season I’ve ever had so I can’t complain.

“This is just the start for me, I’m really keen to have a solid year on the QS and crack the top 50 or maybe even better.

“I’ve been training hard and eating well so it’s nice to see that pay off.”

Baker said the wins will boost his confidence for the next assignment, the 6000-point Surfest men’s pro from February 19 at Merewether. 

Clubmate Philippa Anderson lost in the semi-finals of the women’s contest at Boomerang, which was won by Holly Wawn.

Also Sunday, Callum Robson (Evans Head) and Alyssa Lock (Snapper Rocks) won the Surfest nib Pro Junior titles at Merewether.

Robson (13.10) edged out Jackson Roberts (12.55), Te Kehukehu Butler (11.25) and Kai Tandler (9.90) in the boys final.

Lock (14.40) defeated Molly Picklum (12.40) Kirra-Belle Olsson (11.10) and Anna Dos Santos (9.30) in the girls decider.