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Victorian Open Series crowns new champs

Cahill Bell-Warren © Surfing Victoria

Victorian Open Series

Bells Beach, Victoria Australia
6 September 2013

Event marks Bell-Warren's second title at his home break

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 7 September, 2013 : - - WQS campaigners Cahill Bell-Warren (24, Bells Beach) and Georgia Fish (20, Flinders) have taken out the final stop of the Toll Victorian Open Series in pumping 4-5ft waves at Bells Beach. The win leaves Bell-Warren in third overall in the ratings, whilst Fish's win gives her the State Open Title.

This is Bell-Warren's second title at his home break, the last win coming two years ago in similar conditions. After some epic conditions in the morning, the wind swung at lunch time creating challenging conditions for the final which suited the local surfer. "It was super hard out there in the final. The swell was inconsistent and the wind had turned strong onshore. But there was still some fun ones if you were patient"

Bell-Warren scored the highest wave score of the day with a 9.40 in the earlier rounds. In the final he was only able to find one high scoring wave (8.23) with a back up of 5.90. He will now automatically qualify for the Wingman Pre-Trials at the Rip Curl Pro in 2014.

"Toll have been sponsoring this event for as long as I can remember and it has allowed me to surf against some of my favourite surfers at my home break which is incredible. Winning at Bells is such a great feeling." Apollo Bay surfer, Finn Barry, placed second in the final racking up a combined heat score of 11.84 (out of a possible 20). Caiden Fowler (Blairgowrie) and Jack Perry (Jan Juc) placed in third and fourth respectively.

After a quarter finals finish at the Pantin Classic Women's WQS event in Spain, Georgia Fish was confident coming in to the final event and it showed. She systematically took out each heat she surfed in over the weekend. Fish put the whole field in a combination situation in the final with a total heat score of 13.50 (out of a possible 20). With the win she takes home the State Open Title after winning the Phillip Island event earlier in the year.

This is the first time Fish has been crowned the State Open Champion. Placing in second was Kelly Laity (Sandy Point) who struggled to find her rhythm in the challenging conditions. Grace Day (Jan Juc) and Sapphire Main (Pt Lonsdale) placed in third and fourth respectively.

Former WCT surfer Glyndyn Ringrose (Phillip Island) claimed the Men's Open Title earlier in the year at Phillip Island. The Toll Victorian Open Series is Presented by Be the Influence - Tackling Binge Drinking

Open Mens Final
1st - Cahill Bell-Warren (Bells Beach) 14.13
2nd - Finn Barry (Apollo Bay) 11.84
3rd - Caiden Fowler (Blairgowrie) 7.90
4th - Jack Perry (Jan Juc) 7.33

Open Womens Final
1st - Georgia Fish (Flinders) 13.50
2nd - Kelly Laity (Sandy Point) 4.23
3rd - Grace Day (Jan Juc) 3.84
4th - Sapphire Main (Pt Lonsdale) 2.73

Source: Surfing Victoria

Author: Liam Robertson

Tags: Victoria, Georgia Fish, Cahill Bell-Warren

Contest: Surfersvillage


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