The opening rounds of the Phillip Island Pro QS1000 have been completed today in junky conditions at Cape Woolmai.
Jacob Wilcox (Margaret River, WA) opened the event with a Round 1 win and the highest heat total of the round, 15.50 points (out of a possible 20).
“It was good to get that first heat out of the way.” Said Wilcox. “The conditions were hard but there was definitely a few fun ones out there.”
“Its been about 7 years since I have been to Phillip Island. Its great to be back, the waves are super fun and it’s a lot like home for me.”
Wilcox bested Victorian junor Bohdie Williams (Ocean Grove, VIC) who placed in second and Felix Lever (Yallingup, WA) who placed in third.
Caleb Tancared (Avoca, NSW) was another standout in the opening round nailing a heat total of 14.10 points.
“I got really lost in the first 10 mins of the heat, but I was lucky that I got those couple at the end.”
“This is my first time to Phillip Island, its super nice down here. There are a bunch of good waves and you always seem to be able to find your own little peak.”
Kael Walsh (Margaret River, WA) placed in second behind Tancered and will move through to Round 2. Victorian surfers Steve Noble (Cape Paterson, VIC) and Xavier Huxtable (Jan Juc, VIC) were eliminated from the event after finishing in third and fourth respectively.
Former World Tour competitor Glyndyn Ringrose (Cape Woolamai, VIC) was the lone male local surfer to move through to Round 2 today.
“It’s really great to have a QS event back on the Island. The whole town has been talking about the event and its created a real buzz.”
Ringrose placed in second behind Thomas Cervi (Sunshine Beach, QLD) who found the highest wave score of the heat, a 7.75.
Ben Penny (Manly, NSW) and Cyrus Cox (Margaret River, WA) placed in third and fourth respectively.
Te Kehukehu 'Kehu' Butler (Mt Maunganui, NZ) impressed the crowd with the single highest wave score of the round, a 8.5 (out of a possible 10) on his way to a Round 1 win.
“I wanted to make sure that kept busy throughout that heat and ensure that I get on the best waves in the heat.”
“I love the waves over here on Phillip Island, it’s a lot like my home town. There are so many banks up and down the beach.”
Mikey McDonagh (Lennox Head, NSW) placed in second behind Butler with Tully Wylie (Jan Juc, VIC) and Jesse Buder (Sunshine Coast, QLD) placed in third and fourth.
Competition will continue Sunday with Men’s Round 2 kicking off at 7:15am.
Official Forecaster Coastalwatch are expecting excellent conditions on Day 3 of the event with a new groundswell filling in under offshore northerly winds.
Full results and heat draws can be found online at www.worldsurfleague.com
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