Western Australian surfer Jacob Wilcox (Margaret River) has claimed the first ever Phillip Island Pro today at the Penguin Parade (Summerland Bay) on Victoria’s Phillip Island.
With a continued large swell, the event was held at the protected corner of the Penguin Parade which provided clean right-hand point break waves for the finals of the Men.
Wilcox, was a late entry into the event and surfed through the opening rounds with ease impressing judges and spectators.
“It’s good to get another QS win” said Wilcox. “I have had a pretty rough year with results so it was nice to make the final and win.”
“I spent a month at home after the Europe leg and worked on a few things. It was nice to see it pay off in a competition.”
“Phillip Island definitely reminds me of home. It’s really raw with lots of power in the ocean.”
Wilcox was dominant on the final day scoring heat totals of 16.00 in the Semi Final and 17.00 in the Final to best Mitch Parkinson (Gold Coast, QLD).
Parkinson scored a heat total of 14.50 in the final but could not find the scoring rides to beat Wilcox.
“It was a really fun event for me. I haven’t really done many QS’s this year but started doing a few in the past few months and have found myself on a bit of a role.”
“The last time I was in Victoria was the Junior Titles 7 years ago and I came second then as well, so hopefully next year I can take the next step.”
“I love it here because the waves come out of deep water and there is lots of power behind it all.”
Wilcox and Parkinson now head to the Port Stephens Toyota NSW Pro that begins on Thursday in NSW.
Men’s Final
1st Jacob Wilcox (Margaret River, WA), 17.00
2nd Mitch Parkinson (Gold Coast, QLD), 14.50
Men’s Semi Final 1
1st Jacob Wilcox (Margaret River, WA), 16.00
2nd Korbin Hutchings (Gisbon, NZ), 11.85
Men’s Semi Final 2
1st Mitch Parkinson (Gold Coast, QLD), 13.20
2nd Billy Stairmaid (Raglan, NZ), 13.00
Full results can be found at www.worldsurfleague.com
About event:
The Phillip Island Pro will be held from October 27th – 31st with the primary location of Cape Woolamai. Other locations around Phillip Island will be utilised dependent on surf conditions.
The Phillip Island Pro QS1000 is presented by the Bass Coast Shire and Victorian Government and supported by Westernport Water, Phillip Island Nature Park, Surfing Victoria, Surf Meal Co., Ramada Resort Phillip Island and Coastalwatch.
More information on the World Surf League can be found at www.worldsurfleague.com