Komunity Project Great Lakes Pro
Surfing New South Wales
Boomerang Beach, New South Wales
16 - 18 February 2016
Komunity Project Pro kicks off with a bang at Boomerang Beach
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 15 February, 2016 - Boomerang Beach, Great Lakes New South Wales - Day one of the inaugural Komunity Project Great Lakes Pro presented by Rockstar Energy Drink was blessed with a day of punchy two-foot waves as competitors did their best to cement their spots into tomorrow’s higher rounds.
Alyssa Lock (Tweed Heads) put on a really strong performance, taking an impressive heat victort and posting an near-excellent 7.25 in her first round heat. Lock is fresh off a runner-up finish at the Subway Surf Series Pro Junior last weekend and is now feeling confident in going into the second round.
“Having decent waves makes everything so much more fun,” said Lock. “There a no easy heats in this event at any stage, so to get the win in the first round is a giant relief.”
Nagisa Tashiro (Japan) clocked a win for the international surfing contingent, taking out an exciting heat between Zoey McDougall (HAW), Eliza Greene (Yallingup, WA) and Brooke Daigneault (USA). Tashiro dominated the multi-cultural heat posting a 7.75 wave score which gave her the upper-hand and left McDougall chasing a 7.90 to usurp her from the top spot. Both McDougall and Tashiro advanced through the heat and will appear in round two tomorrow.
“I got a few good waves and I’m so happy,” said Tashiro. “I’ve come to Australia many times over the last few years and I love competing here. I want to keep improving as I get through more heats.”
Zoe McDougall © Smith/SNSW
Macy Callaghan (Avoca, NSW) stormed into the next round of the event, posting the highest heat total of the morning - 16.00 (out of a possible 20 points). Callaghan surfed fast and hard in critical sections of set waves, to leave the rest of the field chasing two wave combinations to snake her lead.
“I’ve had a few bad results in the last two events, so this first round victory has given me a good confidence boost,” said Callaghan. “I was just trying to get the biggest waves I could possibly get and I’m fortunate that I was holding priority when they came in.”
Luke Hynd (Burleigh, Qld) put on a powerful display of backside surfing in his opening exchange of the mens division to take an exciting victory over Monty Tait (Maroubra, NSW), Mikey McDonagh (Lennox Head, NSW) and Shuji Nishi (Japan). In a heat that saw the lead pinball back-and-forth multiple times over the 20-minute affair, Hynd was able to shoot from third to first on the strength of an excellent 8.75 scoring wave, thus knocking Nishi and McDonagh from the event and Tait into second position.
“I was nervous out there, seeing as though I know there’s swell on the way and really wanted to make into the next round,” said Hynd. “In the last five minutes of the heat, when I had priority, I knew I just had to wait for a solid set and a smaller wave wouldn’t give me the score I needed. Thankfully I got that one wave and posted the eight.”
Tim McDonals © Smith/SNSW
After finishing second in the recent Central Coast Pro at Avoca last week, Shane Holmes (Shelly Beach, NSW) continued to dominate the lineup notching up an impressive 8.50 wave score, which consequently put his fellow competitors on the ropes in the opening round. However, Holmes’ campaign came to a grinding halt in the second round when he faced off with recent Subway Surf Series Pro Junior Champion Ethan Ewing (Point Lookout, Qld) and Harry Bryant (Sunshine Beach, Qld) who bagged a series of respectable scores and the two progressing positions.
“That wasn’t the ideal finish to this event,” said Holmes. “I felt good in the first round, but I didn’t pick the best waves in the last heat at all. Both Ethan and Harry surfed solid heats, so congrats to them.”