TOLL Victorian Open Series
Bells Beach, Australia
18 - 19 October, 2014
Jack Perry claims the TOLL Victorian Open Title on home turf at Jan Juc
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 18 October, 2014 - Jan Juc - Local Jan Juc surfer Jack Perry has taken out the TOLL Victorian Open Title at the final event of the series at Jan Juc on a count back against Steve Noble (Cape Paterson). In clean conditions with a dropping swell, Perry needed a second or better finish to take the title away from the rating leader Steve Noble (Cape Paterson) at the final location on the three stop series.
Uncharacteristically Steve Noble was eliminated in the first round by Luke Archibald and Christian Santimaria giving Jack Perry the chance to take the title if he placed second or higher. In the final, Perry was in command for the majority of the heat before a last minute wave from Harry Mann (Torquay) took the young surf to his first ever Open state round win.
Mann finished in first on 13.96 points (out of a possible 20) with Perry placing in second on 13.60 points and claiming the overall state title. Placing in third was 13 year old standout Tane Bowden (Jan Juc) on 11.07 points with Callum Nicholson (Shoreham) in fourth on 9.60 points.
Perry was stoked to take out the state title in his hometown. “Its always good to win it on home soil. I’m stoked for Harry to get the round win, I’ve surfed against him a bunch of times and it’s always fun.”
“I had to be a bit more patient in the smaller conditions against Tane and Harry and wait for the better waves which seemed to work out. I haven’t been able to surf any of the Torquay Boardriders events this year so I am not in the team for tomorrow, but I will be down barracking from the beach for sure.”
Going to a countback to the best three results, Perry claimed the title on 4720 points with Noble close behind on 4620. With the Women’s title previously decided at the Phillip Island Round, surfers were competing for bragging rights with local surfer Zoe Clarke (Jan Juc) claiming the win.
Clarke used her exceptional knowledge of the break to take down Shayleigh Chapman (Point Lonsdale) who placed in second. India Robinson (Jan Juc) and May Fox (Jan Juc) finished in third and fourth respectively.
The TOLL Industry Challenge was also run with two of the powerhouses of the Victorian Surf Industry, Quiksilver and Island Surfboards facing off in the teams event. After a close battle, the win went to Island Surfboards with former TOLL Victorian Open Champion Simon McShane claiming an event high 9-point ride. Quiksilver placed in second after incurring an interference penalty in the dying minutes of the heat.
The TOLL Victorian Open Series is presented by HIF and supported by TeamUp, Play it Safe by the Water – Always Surf with a Mate, VicHealth, CoastalwatchPLUS, Nikon & Cancer Council Sunscreen.
Toll Victorian Open Series – Jan Juc Round:
1st Harry Mann – 13.96 points
2nd Jack Perry – 13.60 points
3rd Tane Bowden – 11.07 points
4th Calum Nicholson – 9.60 points
1st Zoe Clarke – 14.17 points
2nd Shayleigh Chapman – 8.43 points
3rd India Robinson – 8.23 points
4th May Fox – 7.50 points
TOLL Victorian Open Series:
Open Men’s Ratings:
1st Jack Perry - 3720 points (Countback to best three results: 4720)
2nd Steve Noble - 3720 points (Countback to best three results: 4620)
3rd Harrison Mann - 3460 points
4th Josh Johnson-Baxter - 2830 points
Open Women’s Ratings:
1st Georgia Fish - 4000 points
2nd Zoe Clarke - 3720 points
3rd Courtney Dunlop - 2800 points
4th Tabby Vockler - 2560 points
TOLL Industry Challenge
1st Island Surfboards – 53.98 points
2nd Quiksilver – 52.05 points