Toll Victorian Open Series Event 1
Presented by Be the Influence & HIF
Gunnamatta, Victoria, Australia
1 - 2 February, 2014
Pumping waves at Gunnamatta kick off event 1 in series
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 1 February, 2014 - Gunnamatta, Victoria - Jack Perry and Georgia Fish have taken out the first round of the TOLL Victorian Open Series in pumping 4ft waves at Gunnamatta Ocean Beach. 2013 Rip Curl Pro Wingman Trials winner, Perry, flew under the radar throughout the event, placing in second in heats and dealing with the challenging conditions.
“It was pretty hard out there, there was lots of close outs and wash through sets. But when you got on to one they were sick” said the powerful natural footer.
With the win, Perry will gain a spot into the 2014 Rip Curl Pro Pre-Trials, which he won last year and gained an entry into the main event eventually facing off against Joel Parkinson and Gabriel Medina. “That was really the main reason for entering. It would be awesome to make it through again, but I’m just happy with winning this comp. It has been awhile since I have won an event.”
Standout throughout the round heats was local Caiden Fowler who was able to navigate the tricky sand bank and find the highest wave of the day, a 8.67 in his Semi Final.
Fowler could not find the wave he required in the Final, placing in fourth (9.23 Points) behind Harrison Mann (Torquay) on 10.13 points and Steve Noble (Cape Paterson) on 11.74 points. Jack Perry took out the final with a 6.73-point wave in the final minute to tally a total score of 12.23.
The Women’s division saw a strong battle between WQS warrior Georgia Fish (Flinders) and up and coming junior Zoe Clarke (Jan Juc). Clarke and Fish battled it out in both the Semi Final and final trading high scores.
The final saw Fish dominate with an 8.50 and 8.40 in the final, showing her supreme knowledge of the break. Clarke, tallied a 7.67 however could not find a strong enough back up to challenge the local girl.
“The waves were really fun, but there was heaps of duck-diving and paddling!” said Fish. “Last year was a real learning curve for me (on the WQS), but I’m really looking forward to this year and hopefully have a good year. It is a good start.”