Large Swell and Strong Wind Hit Day Two of Phillip Island Pro
Penguin Parade Phillip Island, VIC/AUS (Saturday 3rd November, 2018): Day Two of the Phillip Island Pro presented by Bass Coast Shire has been hit with a large swell and strong westerly winds that forced a location change to the protected corner of Penguin Parade.
One of the most visited tourist attractions in the world, the Penguin Parade is the largest colony of Penguins in the world and is also one of the few locations on Phillip Island that can handle a large swell.
The top seeds in the Women’s division hit the water this afternoon with former World Junior Champion Isabella Nichols (Sunshine Coast, QLD) kicking off her Phillip Island Pro campaign with a win against local surfers Lannia Fostin (Phillip Island, VIC) and Daisey Corbett (Phillip Island, VIC). Victorian Bella Wilson (Jan Juc, VIC) progressed through along with Nichols in second place.
“This is the first time I have surfed this break so it was challenging not knowing where to sit in the lineup.”
“Its awesome to see so many up and coming girls from Phillip Island and Victoria” continued Nichols. “They were all ripping so I was a bit nervous heading into the heat, but I am glad to make it into the next round.”
Other surfers in the Women’s division progressing through to the Quarter Finals included India Robinson (Jan Juc, VIC) who scored the events highest single wave score, a 9.40 (out of a possible 10) and earned the Air Asia Wave of the Day.
Zoe Clarke (Jan Juc, VIC), Bella Wilson, Sophia Fulton (Mollymook, NSW), Angela Ball (Jan Juc, VIC) and Lauren Poor (WA) also progressed.
On the Men’s side of the draw, Sandon Whittaker (Avoca, NSW) was outstanding in his Round 3 heat besting Victorians Xavier Huxtable (Jan Juc, VIC) and Codie Jeffery (Phillip Island, VIC). Chris Zaffis (Angourie, NSW) progressed through in second place alongside Whittaker.
“That was a super tough heat,” said Whittaker. “It had a lot local guys in it and there was a lot of water moving around which made it tricky to find the good ones.”
“The waves are so raw and powerful down here. Its nice to put on a thick wettie and surf in the elements.”
Quarter Finals have also been set in the Men’s with Dean Bowen (South Coast, NSW), Kehu Butler (New Zealand), Thomas Cervi (Noosa, QLD) and Morgan Cibilic (Newcastle, NSW) headlining the round.
The event is expected to stay at the Penguin Parade tomorrow with the large swell continuing and moderating winds. A call will be made for all divisions at 7:30am for a possible 8:00am start.
The Phillip Island Pro will run from November 2 – 6, 2018 on Phillip Island. Spectators and competitors can keep up to date via Surfing Victoria social media channels (@surfingvictoria) and at www.worldsurfleague.com
The Phillip Island Pro is presented by the Bass Coast Shire and Victorian Government and supported by Westernport Water, Phillip Island Nature Parks, Ramada Resort Phillip Island, Air Asia, City to Surf Mobile Café, Kings Cars Mitsubishi, Coastalwatch Plus and Surfing Victoria