Just, Prophet capture titles

Dana Point residents are winners at 2010 Victoria Skimboards World Championships of Skimboarding.

June 24, 2010|By By Mike Sciacca,

Sunday was a day of firsts for the 2010 Victoria Skimboards World Championships of Skimboarding.

A pair of Dana Point residents and Victoria Skimboards riders, Morgan Just and Anna Prophet, won the Men's and Women's Pro titles, respectively at Aliso Beach. It was the first Women's Pro held in the competition that focused on its first live web broadcast in its 34-year history.

While Prophet became the first Women's Pro winner — she won the Women's Amateur division last year, Just earned the Men's Pro title for the very first time.

Just, 24, was happy to get the title after so many years of near misses.

"I've gotten second-place so many times before, that I was expecting to get second again," said Just who said he first entered the world championships 14 years ago, the same amount of years he's been a rider with Victoria Skimboards.

He emerged victorious from a Men's Pro finals field that included runner-up and perennial division winner Bill Bryan, third-place Brandon Sears and fourth-place Paulo Prietto.


The first- and second-place roles were reversed, Just said: in previous competitions, he lost out on the title to Bryan.

Just said he won the 10-12 age division "a couple of times" when he first stated out.

"Morgan Just has been skimboarding a long time and chasing the title of world champion for many years," said Trigg Garner, general manager of Victoria Skimboards. "He has worked hard on and off the beach to improve his skills and better his craft. Through his dedication and determination he has reached the goal of being crowned 'World Champion' and I personally could not be more proud of him.

"We at Victoria Skimboards are happy to call him one of our top professional skimboarders and look for continued success from Morgan Just in the near future. Next stop, UST Champion? Keep your eyes on Morgan because he is as hungry as ever."

Sunday's win earned Just tour points and $1,300.

"Everyone that made it to the finals deserved to be there," he said. "It felt great to beat these guys because I respect them so much. Congratulations to them and to Anna for winning the Women's Pro, and a big thanks to Victoria Skimboards, Skim City and Xtrak, for all of their great support."

Prophet, 19, lived in Panama City, Fla. before moving to Dana Point five months ago.

"The waves are better out here and the atmosphere is great. I'm staying here for good," she said.

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