Harrison wins Queensland Open Women’s Title & 2018 Roxy Pro Trials spot at the 2017 HIF Masters & Women’s at Duranbah beach
Eight individual Queensland Champions were crowned today at the 2017 HIF Masters & Women’s event two at Duranbah Beach in peaky but challenging 3ft (1.5m) conditions.
In what was a nail biting finish that kept everyone on the edge of their chairs, Gold Coast up and comer Piper Harrison (Coolangatta, QLD) finished the series off with a bang to take out the Blue Ribbon Open Women’s division for 2017. It came down to the wire between Harrison and Sunshine Coast surfer Sophie McCulloch, with equal ratings points Harrison claimed victory with the highest two wave combination score of the series,18.50 (out of a possible 20.00). Harrison was electric in this afternoon’s final with an outstanding combination of high-speed snaps and powerful rail work to hold off McCulloch (Coolangatta, QLD), Lauren McGregor (Nerang, QLD) and Angie Adler (Bilinga, QLD) who finished the series respectively.
“I’m absolutely over the moon right now, it’s so exciting and I’m so pumped. This has been a dream of mine for ages,” said Harrison.
“It was so awesome for everyone to be getting good waves, it really turned on for us in the final. I surf here every day so knowing the banks and what they’ve been like definitely gave me an advantage."
As Queensland Open Women’s champion, Harrison will get the opportunity to surf against the worlds best at the World Surf League Championship Tour 2018 Roxy Pro trials at Snapper Rocks.
Andrew Doyle staked his claim as one of the best Masters surfers in Queensland, taking home the Over 35 Men’s title for 2017. Despite being eliminated in today’s semi final, Doyle’s first place finish at event one was enough to put him over the line in what was a a very tight finish that saw him closely watching Gold Coasters David McGrath (Labrador, QLD) and Damien Healy (Broadbeach, QLD) from the beach in the final.
In the Over 50 Men’s, Gold Coast surfer and well known board shaper Stuart Smith (Mermaid Waters, QLD) took home the Queensland Title for 2017 and adds another trophy to his collection. Smith impressed the judges this afternoon with his textbook style of top to bottom, vertical fins free surfing. With a second placed finish at event one on the Sunshine Coast combining with today’s second placed finish, Smith was hard to beat and ended the series at the took of the ratings board. Smith will join series winners Harrison and Doyle to represent Queensland at the 2017 Australian Surfing Festival, set to be held on the Tweed Coast in July/August.
Today’s event also saw an inspirational result for both Brooke Colless (Palm Beach, QLD) and the entire surfing community in the Over 35 Women’s division. After battling cancer for the last 12 months and undergoing chemotherapy in 2017, Colless threw on a competition rash shirt and took to the water in the prestigious Queensland Titles to finish third.
2017 HIF Masters & Women’s series
- Event 1 – Sunshine Coast 3rd - 4th June
- Event 2 – Gold Coast 17th - 18th June
The 2017 Masters and Women’s series is supported by HIF, Coastalwatch Plus, Australian Skin Cancer Clinics, SurfAid, Pages, The Queensland Government and Surfing Queensland.
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