Hurley Australian Open of Surfing
ASP 6-Star Men's WQS Event
ASP 6-Star Women's WWQS Event
ASP Pro Junior Men & Women's Event
Manly Beach, New South Wales
8 - 16 February 2014
Upsets and Celebrations at the ASP Hurley Australian Open
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 13 February, 2014 - Manly Beach - The men's and women's Pro Junior champions were crowned and the women's 6-Star field was reduced to just 12 surfers in a mammoth day of small wave action at the Hurley Australian Open of Surfing at Manly Beach.
Carissa Moore (Hawaii), reigning ASP Women's World Champion, was the standout surfer at the ASP 6-Star Hurley Australian Open of Surfing today. Moore posted the highest single wave score of the event thus far - 9.60 out of a possible 10, for a series of devastatingly powerful carves. Reigning ASP Women's World Junior Champion Ella Williams also advanced in 2nd position behind Moore.
"It's hard work out there!" Moore said. "At least it's a good warm up, I haven't competed for five months so it's great to get a jersey on and get back into it. You just have to find the treasures and gems out there which is really good practice."
Leila Hurst (Hawaii), Alessa Quizon (HAW) and Malia Manuel (HAW) were three other Hawaiians who dominated proceedings in Round 4 of the Hurley Australian Open of Surfing today. The three surfers all used superior wave selection and power carves to post excellent scores and advance into Round 5 as the ones to beat heading towards the finals.
"You just have to paddle and stand up on anything and hopefully something will turn into a score," Hurst said. "The standard of surfing at this event is next level! I haven't done many QS events over the last couple of years, so it's really nice to be doing well so far. I'm loving Manly, I could live here!"
Tyler Wright © ASP/Robertson
Keely Andrew (Sunshine Coast, QLD/AUS), current No. 1 on the ASP Australasia Junior Qualifying Series has proven herself in the open ASP 6-Star division today, advancing through a tough Round 4 heat in 2nd position ahead of last year's Hurley Australian Open of Surfing champion, Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) and Silvana Lima (BRA) who were eliminated.
"Just to be in the water with some of the best surfers in the world was a huge experience for me," Andrew said. "I've gained a lot of confidence from that heat and I'm looking forward to the next round. My friend Bronte (Macaulay) beat me in the pro junior and I just had to refocus and prepare for this event and it's working so far."
Jacob Willcox (Margaret River, WA/AUS) took out the Final of the Hurley Australian Open of Surfing Pro Junior over Leonardo Fioravanti (Italy) in a very evenly matched encounter. The pair finished the 30 minute final separated by only 0.60 of a point with a scoreline of 14.27 to 13.67. Willcox now moves to No. 1 on the rankings heading into the next event at Newcastle later this week.
"That was really close, I'm so stoked!" Willcox said. "Leo (Fioravanti) is a great surfer, he had a chance to overtake me at the end and fell just short, but he's been on fire all event. I love surfing, I love competing and I've had a great time here at the Hurley Australian Open of Surfing in Manly. I've made the quarterfinals at a couple events already this year, so I'm really happy to take one out."
Keely Andrew © ASP/Robertson
Ellie-Jean Coffey (Gold Coast, QLD/AUS), last year's ASP Australasia Junior Qualifying Series champion won the final of the Hurley Australian Open of Surfing Pro Junior over Bronte Macaulay (Margaret River, WA/AUS). This is Coffey's first Pro Junior of the year and she moves to third on the rankings. She surfed three heats today, winning through her opening ASP 6-Star division in the morning, but was eliminated in Round 4 this afternoon, before paddling out for the Final.
"This is my first event of the year and it's a great way to start 2014," Coffey said. "I'm so tired after surfing three heats today, but it's worth it. I didn't want to over think anything, I knew that doing three good turns would win me the final and so that's what I did. This year I'll be focusing more on the ASP Qualifying Series events, but winning a pro junior is still a great feeling."
ASP Australasia Junior Qualifying Series Top 5 Men
1 Jacob Willcox (AUS) 1632
2 Soli Bailey (AUS) 1491
3 Kelly Norris (AUS) 1244
4 Kalani Ball (AUS) 852
5 Cooper Chapman (AUS) 844
ASP Australasia Junior Qualifying Series Top 5 Women
1 Keely Andrew (AUS) 1876
2 Bronte Macaulay (AUS) 1382
3 Ellie-Jean Coffey (AUS) 1000
4 Laura Poncini (AUS) 978
4 Grace Styman-Lane (AUS) 978