Robinson and Naylor take out Round 1 of the Rescheduled 2019 Victorian Open Series at Woolamai Beach in small offshore waves
Cody Robinson (Jan Juc) and Lucy Naylor (Point Lonsdale) have taken out their respective Open Men’s and Open Women’s divisions in Round 1 of the rescheduled Victorian Open Series held at Cape Woolamai today. With the first round originally scheduled to be at Bells Beach, it was postponed and scheduled this weekend on Saturday at Phillip Island due to unfavourable conditions at its original date.
With a small swell turning up early in the morning, surfers were stoked that the banks all along the beach were working allowing there to be many opportunities for waves to be had. With many tight heats where last minute exchanges changed many heats, it was Robinson and Naylor who were able to put their best surfing to show and get their first wins of 2019 by both being able to rip apart a few left handers.
With the champion of the 2019 Victorian Open Series being awarded a top 4 seed into the Rip Curl Pro Trials the stakes were high to get into such a prestigious event. Robinson and Naylor did themselves no dis-service by setting themselves up for a solid tilt at the title in Round 3 tomorrow which will crown our state champions.
The Open Mens final was a stacked affair with some of the top seeds including Round 1 winner Todd Rosewall and Cahill Bell-Warren falling in the earlier rounds setting up a final which pitted up and coming goofy foot surfers Tully Wylie (Jan Juc) and Billy Harrison (Barwon Heads) up against former Ripcurl Pro Trials winner Carl Wright (Cape Woolamai) and Cody Robinson (Jan Juc), who after spending months in Hawaii over the course of summer, was looking on point in today’s competition.
With the waves becoming small and inconsistent during the final, it was Cody Robinson who was able to punch in a 9.17 point ride early in the final that elevated him ahead of his fellow competitors and left them begging behind. Robinson’s experience from surfing small waves in his WQS career was definitely on show as he put on a masterclass throughout the final.
“It’s pretty good to get a win here today at Phillip Island after not competing for a while”. Robinson said.
“I’m pleased to know I can still compete at this level, and I am looking forward to hopefully backing it up tomorrow with another solid result”.
Coming in second was Carl Wright, third went to Tully Wylie and in fourth was Billy Harrison.
From early on in the day breakthrough performer Lucy Naylor (Point Lonsdale) was on fire putting up strong scores throughout all her heats and in her maiden Open Women’s final it was no different. Naylor was able to combine some big manoeuvres out the back to link them up on the inside and finish her waves strongly. Naylor’s 15.13 total out of a possible 20 points, was her highest heat total of the day. By locking in two strong scores including a high score of a 7.63, her fellow competitors were left needing strong scores to break in front. This is Naylor’s first Open Women’s win and it’s sure to not be her first one with the way she surfed in today’s proceedings.
“It feels great to get my first Open Women’s win and to get it in some fun small waves was really good”. Naylor said.
“I’m looking forward to coming back out tomorrow and trying to get another win and continue today’s form”.
Coming in second was Jazz Wylie (Jan Juc), third went to WQS competitor and Round 1 winner Sophie Fletcher (Cape Woolamai) and in fourth was Angela Ball (Jan Juc).
The Air Asia Wave of the Day went to Carl Wright from Phillip Island for a slick aerial he did in the afternoon windy conditions.
Heat draws and results can be found at liveheats.com/surfingvictoria
The Victorian Open Series is supported by Coastalwatch, Rocktape, City to Surf Mobile Café and Air Asia.
1st: Cody Robinson
2nd: Carl Wright
3rd: Tully Wylie
4th: Billy Harrison
1st: Lucy Naylor
2nd: Jazz Wylie
3rd: Sophie Fletcher
4th: Angela Ball
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