Victorian Open Series
presented by Be the Influence and HIF
Woolamai, Victoria Australia
1 - 2 March 2014
Steve Noble and Georgia Fish full-on at the Victorian Open Series
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 2 March, 2014 - Woolamai, Victoria - Former and current ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) surfers Steve Noble (Cape Patterson) and Georgia Fish (Flinders) have claimed the second round of the TOLL Victorian Open Series Presented by Be the Influence and HIF.
With 3-4ft waves on offer at the swell magnet Woolamai, Noble used his extensive knowledge of the break to take out round two and secure a spot in the Rip Curl Pro Pre Trials. “Its great to be able to get a spot in the trials. The potential to earn the spot was my main motivation throughout the day” said Noble.
“I’ve been working really hard to recover from a few injuries that hampered my surfing last time I was in the trials, so I’m excited to get a shot at it fully fit.”
Working his way through two separate injuries over the past few years, Noble has been able to become fully fit again and is back surfing close to his prime.
In a wave starved final, Noble was the only surfer able to find two decent scoring rides (8.00pts + 7.10pts). Josh Johnson-Baxter (Ocean Grove) placed in second with the highest wave of the day in the final, a 9.80, however it came late in the heat, and he could not find a big enough back up ride to take the lead.
Local favourite, Carl Wright (Smiths Beach) was in a similar situation with one strong scoring ride and a smaller scoring wave. Unfortunately, Wright found a wave 5 seconds after the siren which had the potential to rocket him into the lead from third place.
Placing in fourth was Caiden Fowler (Mt Eliza) who seemed out of sync with the challenging waves in the final. The win places Steve Noble in first place on the overall rankings with one round to go (Bells Beach, September 6th & 7th). Jack Perry (Jan Juc) shifts down into second place after being knocked out in the Quarter Finals.
Current WQS surfer, Georgia Fish (Flinders), was on a tear all day in the Open Women’s dominating her two heats not scoring under a heat total of 16.00 points all day. In the final, Fish was challenged fiercely by young up and coming surfing Zoe Clarke (Jan Juc) who locked in a 8.75 in the final but could not find a big enough back up wave.
Fish scored a 8.85 and a 8.00 in the final, which saw her clear ahead of Clarke by 1.85 points. Placing in third in her comeback event was local girl India Payne. A former Australian Champion, Payne has not competed in over 2 years and made a strong comeback this weekend at her home break.
Placing in fourth was junior, Courtney Dunlop (Phillip Island) who was fresh off a win two weeks earlier in similar conditions at Woolamai for the Phillip Island Junior Titles. With the win, Fish was crowned back-to-back TOLL Victorian Champion after taking out the first and second round.
The Victorian Indigenous Surfing Titles Open men’s final was also run on the weekend with reigning champion, Jordie Campbell (Sandy Point) taking out the final and earning a spot in the Rip Curl Pro Pre-Trials. Placing in second was local Steve Parker. Anthony Hume (Jan Juc), Cormach Evans (Jan Juc) and Keedan Graham (Torquay) placed in third, fourth and fifth respectively.
The TOLL Victorian Open Series is presented by Be the Influence – Tackling Binge Drinking and Health Insurance Fund of Australia (HIF) and Supported by Play it Safe by the Water, VicHealth and Team Up.
The final stop of the TOLL Victorian Open Series will be held at Bells Beach on September 6th and 7th.