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12-year-old wins women's division of Victorian Open



TOLL Victorian Open Series
Presented by HIF

Surfing Victoria
Cape Woolmai, Phillip Island
13 February 2016

Bell-Warren & Goldsbury (age 12) score wins at Victorian Open Series

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 13 February, 2016 - Cape Woolamai, Victoria - Cahill Bell-Warren (Bells Beach) and Sage Goldsbury (Phillip Island) have taken out the second round of the TOLL Victorian Open Series presented by HIF at Cape Woolamai on Phillip Island today.
Bell-Warren, who made the journey from competing in a QS (Qualifying Series) event in Sydney to Phillip Island on Friday, took out his first event at Phillip Island in 10 years with a display of strong surfing across the day.
In one of the closest Open Men finals in recent memory, Bell-Warren tied with local surfer Carl Wright in the final, winning on a count back to each surfer’s highest wave. Scoring an 8.47 on his final wave, Bell-Warren bested the local surfer Wright who scored an 8.23 earlier in the heat.
“This my first win in a rip bowl wave in 10 years, so I’m stoked to take it out and be in the running for a state title” said Bell-Warren “Carl was surfing amazing all event and he has beaten me so many times as a junior, it was nice to get one back. Conditions were changing constantly so it was hard out there, but you could still get some good scores if you got the right one.”
Placing in third was Nick Wallace (Mornington Peninsula) with Hayden Forrest in fourth (Mornington Peninsula). 

The Open Women’s division saw history made with the youngest ever competitor taking out the Phillip Island round. 12 year-old Sage Goldsbury (Phillip Island) claimed her first Open round win at her home break taking out a strong field of older competitors.
Goldsbury took out former state champions Bella Wilson (Jan Juc), Sophie Fletcher (Phillip Island) and Rikki Bell-Warren (Bells Beach) in the final to claim the win. 

“I’m really excited,” said an ecstatic Goldsbury. “I wasn’t expecting it, but half way through the final I realised that I was in with a shot. I surf Woolamai like this a lot and I just got into a bit of a rhythm”
Bella Wilson finished in second with Sophie Fletcher and Rikki Bell-Warren in third and fourth.
Open Men
1st Cahill Bell-Warren – 15.90 (Count back to 8.47)
2nd Carl Wright – 15.90 (Count back to 8.23)
3rd Nick Wallace – 12.83
4th Hayden Forrest – 12.73
Open Women
1st Sage Goldsbury – 10.33
2nd Bella Wilson – 8.84
3rd Sophie Fletcher – 8.66
4th Rikki Bell-Warren – 1.07

Liam Robertson

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