Van Dijk and Clarke take top honours in Round 2 of the Victorian Open Titles in pumping waves at Cape Woolamai

Cape Woolamai, VIC/AUS (Saturday 3rd March 2018): Joe Van Dijk (Smiths Beach) and Zoe Clarke (Jan Juc) have taken out Round 2 of the Victorian Open Series presented by HIF Australia held at Woolamai Beach. 


Competitors were greeted with pumping conditions with the Woolamai banks lighting up all day delivering major scoring potential for all surfers during the course of the day. Earlier in the day many competitors found themselves entrenched in some amazing barrels. 


The Open Mens division was hotly contested all day with many heats going down to the wire. Getting the nod in the end was current WQS surfer Joe Van Dijk (Smiths Beach) who in the final showed his local knowledge to score a 16.80 out of a possible 20 point heat total.


"The waves were really fun out there". Van Dijk said.


"I'm stoked to get the win here at home, I was lucky to get a few good ones". 


Coming in a slender margin behind in 2nd was Tim Stevenson (Jan Juc 16.06) with Carl Wright (Phillip Island 15.50) trailing in 3rd, whilst Tristan Forras (Jan Juc) came in 4th with an 11.40 heat total out of a possible 20 points.


In the Open Womens Division, former Open Champion Zoe Clarke (Jan Juc) took a convincing win in the final finding a number of fun Woolamai walls. 


"The waves were amazing out there". Clarke said. 


"I can't wait to get back out there after the presentation, it's pumping".


Finishing in 2nd, charging throughout the whole day was Angela Ball (Jan Juc), with Sophie Fletcher (Phillip Island) and Bella Wilson (Jan Juc) finishing in 3rd and 4th respectively. 


Full schedule and heat draws can be found at




1st: Joe Van Dijk

2nd: Tim Stevenson

3rd: Carl Wright 

4th: Tristan Forras



1st: Zoe Clarke

2nd: Angela Ball

3rd: Sophie Fletcher

4th: Bella Wilson 


The Victorian Open Series is presented by HIF Australia and supported by Coastalwatch, Rocktape and City to Surf Mobile Cafe.