Todd Rosewall and Bella Wilson claim 2018 Victorian Open Titles at Jan Juc
Jan Juc, VIC/AUS (Sunday 8 October 2017): Surf Coast surfers Todd Rosewall and Bella Wilson have been crowned Victorian Open Champions over the weekend at the final round of the Victorian Open Series presented by HIF Australia held at Jan Juc.
With multiple surfers in the running for the coveted state title and a seven day surf trip with the Perfect Wave Co. on the line, the action was fierce in some fun 2-3ft waves at the popular Surf Coast beachbreak.
With Cahill Bell-Warren (Bells Beach, VIC) and Harry Mann (Torquay, VIC) exiting the draw in the Quarter Finals, the path was cleared for Rosewall to take the title if he made the final of the round.
Rosewall not only made the final but finished runner up to score enough ratings points to claim the title.
“I’m super happy to win the state title this year, the standard was incredibly high and to come away with a win is epic” said an elated Rosewall.
“I have won a few junior state titles before but have been chasing an open title for a while now so its super rewarding to finally get it.”
“Thanks to the Perfect Wave for putting up the Maldives Trip, I’m looking forward to taking my dad with me and getting some sick waves.”
Finishing in first place at the final round of the series was Josh Johnson-Baxter (Ocean Grove, VIC).
Johnson-Baxter threw down some of his trademarked power hacks in the final to amass a heat total of 14.40 points ahead of Rosewalls 13.33 points.
Placing in third and fourth were Billy Harrison (Barwon Heads, VIC) and Steve Noble (Cape Paterson, VIC).
In the Women’s division, it was Bella Wilson (Jan Juc, VIC) who went on to win her second straight Victorian Open Title.
Wilson had a strong position in the ratings coming into the final event and required Phillip Island surfers Daisy Corbett and Sophie Fletcher to exit the draw early in the day.
Luckily for Wilson, both surfers were eliminated in Round One allowing Wilson a clear path to the title.
“I’m so happy to win the state title for the second year!”
“The surf trip to the Maldives should be so much fun, I can’t wait to go.”
Moving through to the Final, it was Zoe Clarke (Jan Juc, VIC) who took the win at the final round of the series with a heat total of 12.20 points ahead of Ellie Harrison (Barwon Heads, VIC) on 9.46 points.
Placing in third and fourth were India Robinson (Jan Juc, VIC) and Bella Wilson (Jan Juc, VIC).
As part of the final Open Round of the season, the Victorian Teams titles was also run on Sunday bringing together Boardriders Clubs from around the state in an event that has been run since the late 70s.
Continuing their incredible run of wins, Torquay Boardriders Club claimed their 8th consecutive title at Jan Juc showing their immense depth of talented surfers.
Club President Cahill Bell-Warren was impressed with the performance of all surfers today.
“We are really proud of both our junior and senior teams today. We were pushed right to the end by the other finalists and I’m proud of the way our surfers played their roles and held their nerves.”
“We are super stoked to get our 8th straight win and are looking forward to the next event.”
Torquay was pushed to the limit in the final with traditional rival Phillip Island coming within .89 of a point of besting the Surf Coast powerhouse.
Placing in third was 13th Beach with Jan Juc in fourth.
Winning the Junior Teams division was Torquay Boardriders Club who claimed the event for the second year in a row.
13th Beach placed in second ahead of Phillip Island. Point Lonsdale Boardriders finished in fourth with South Coast in fifth.
Full results can be found online at www.liveheats.com/surfingvictoria
Full ratings breakdown can be found at www.surfingvic.com
The Victorian Open Series is presented by HIF Australia and supported by The Perfect Wave, Coastalwatch, Surfing World Magazine, Corangamite CMA, Rocktape, Cancer Council Sunscreen and Surfing Victoria.