Telstra Stores Tweed Coast Pro
WSL Men's and Women's QS event
Cabarita Beach, New South Wales Australia
1 - 4 February 2016
West Australian Duo Reign Supreme At The Tweed Coast Pro
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 4 February, 2016 - Cabarita, New South Wales - An exciting finals day at the inaugural Telstra Stores Tweed Coast Pro saw West Australian duo Jacob Willcox (Margaret River, WA) and Mikaela Greene (Yallingup, WA) claim event wins in challenging two foot surf at Cabarita Beach.
Jacob Willcox (Margaret River, WA) fought tooth and nail in an attempt to bag the Men's title. After remaining on the ropes for a solid portion of the final, the West Australian goofy-footer managed to post a 7.35 wave score in the final 30-seconds of the final, which propelled him past Ethan Ewing who was previously sitting in a reasonably comfortable position with a 12.95 heat total (out of a possible 20 points).
“I couldn’t hear anything when I was out there, so I just continued to catch waves and hope for the best,” said Willcox. “When I saw Ethan get that last wave, I thought I’d lost it and it wasn’t until I got to the beach that I found out I’d done enough. It feels pretty good to get the win here. After my recent injury, Cabarita was the first place I surfed on a little foamie. It’s pretty cool to come back here a few months after and take this out.”
Mikaela Greene © SNSW/Smith
Mikaela Greene (Yallingup, WA) bagged her second win on the trot in the NSW Pro Surf Series, taking out the Telstra Stores Tweed Coast Pro, less than a fortnight after claiming the Carve Pro at Maroubra. Greene put on a solid display of style and flow in the tricky waves and was able to amass a heat total 14.25, which left fellow finalist Eden Putland (Currumbin, Qld) chasing an excellent 8.50 wave score.
“I don’t think these last few results have hit me yet,” said Greene. “The Maroubra win still feels surreal. I’m on cloud nine at the moment. I’m really trying to iron out any flaws I have in this series of QS1000’s and prepare for the upcoming QS6000 events in Newcastle and Manly.”
“I definitely would have liked to back up the Burleigh Pro with a win here, but I knew it was a big ask to get two in a row,” said Ewing. “Jacob has won a lot of big events in the past, so I knew it was always going to be a challenge. Overall, I’m happy with the runner-up finish and I’ll try and take some confidence into the Pro Junior in WA this weekend and the QS1000 events at Avoca and Great Lakes.”
Jacob Wilcox © WSL
Eden Putland (Currumbin, Qld) will be walking away from the Telstra Stores Tweed Coast Pro with her head held high after her runner-up finish. Putland only expected a quarterfinal finish in the event, but surpassed all her own expectations when she made it to the final.
“When I was driving down today I didn’t think I would be in the final,” said Putland. “I was really just happy to make the quarterfinals, but I kept having fun and kept getting through heats. I’m stoked with how it all played out.”
The NSW Pro Surf Series was developed for Australian and international surfers to gain ranking points and prize money on the WSL Qualifying Series. The Series also creates a NSW coastal road trip for all to explore the variety of waves, visit local communities and enjoy NSW surfing culture.
1 – Jacob Willcox (Margaret River, WA) 13.90
2 - Ethan Ewing (Point Lookout, Qld) 12.95
1 – Ethan Ewing (Point Lookout, Qld) def. Samuel Pupo (Brazil)
2 – Jacob Wilcox (Margaret River, WA) def. Cooper Chapman (Narrabeen, NSW)
1 – Mikaela Greene (Yallingup, WA) 14.25
2 – Eden Putland (Currumbin, Qld) 9.50
1 – Eden Putland (Currumbin, Qld) def. Teresa Bonvalot (Portugal)
2 – Mikaela Green (Yallingup, WA) def. Isabella Nichols (Coolum, Qld)