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Anderson & Logie big winners at Surfest in Newcastle..



Dimity Stoyle, Phillipa Anderson : photo Michael Tyrpenou/ASP Australasia

2009 Surfest

Mark Richards Pro ASP 2 Star WQS Mens event
Maitland Toyota Open ASP 2 Star WQS Womens event
Merewether Beach NSW
18 - 22 March 2009

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Philippa Anderson Wins Maitland Toyota Open and Travis Logie wins Mark Richards Pro

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 22 March, 2009 : - - Merewether local Phillippa Anderson has become the first ever local surfer to win a final at Newcastle’s 24th annual Surfest competition. The 17-year-old smashed a 23-year hoodoo that has never seen a local surfer win a main event at Newcastle when she edged out Sunshine Coast surfer Dimity Stoyle (Maroochydore) by less than one-and-a-half points.

In clean, one-metre waves at Merewether beach, the St Phillips Waratah High School student racked up a heat score of 15.10 to Stoyle’s 13.85 to have her name etched on the Maitland Toyota Open trophy. Anderson, who came through the junior ranks of the Hunter Water Stars of the Future program at the Newcastle contest, will soon use her $US2500 prize money to buy a car.

And while she is yet to earn her P plates that will allow her to drive unaccompanied, she proved to the massive crowd of more than 5000 that she is no learner in the water. The former Port Elizabeth, South African resident moved to Newcastle five years ago and has been a regular in the Merewether line-up ever since her arrival.

Today her knowledge of the Merewether break gave her confidence and assured her win. “I was just sitting out the back going ‘please God don’t let her get a wave’ and she got one,” said Anderson. “I saw her first big turn and I was like ‘no!’ but she didn’t get the score and I was just so stoked.”


Travis Logie : photo Michael Tyrpenou/ASP Australasia


“This is the biggest win for me ever and to top it off here at Merewether in front of my family is just so good....It’s such a great honour to have my name on the winner’s board - it’s just so good,” said Anderson.

And in the tightest men’s final at Newcastle for many years, former ASP Dream Tour surfer Travis Logie (17.50) defeated current ASP Dream Tour surfer Drew Courtney (16.45) from Umina on the New South Wales Central Coast.

Thirty-year-old Logie, who was a world amateur champion at 23, edged out Courtney in the Mark Richards Pro. Courtney, currently ranked 17th in the world, lost a fin from a favourite board with 12 minutes remaining on the clock. Although he secured another surfboard, Courtney was never able to secure the 9.25 score required to regain the lead in the wave tussle.

Logie’s two top waves from the tightly contested battle were each worth 8.75, while Courtney’s top wave score was an 8.25. Hailing from Durban in South Africa, Logie first turned heads when he demolished Kelly Slater in the Nova Schin festival in Brazil in 2005. While a WQS win remains elusive for Courtney, Logie claimed today’s victory ranks alongside his win at a six-star event in Hossegor, France in 2004.


Drew Courtney : photo Michael Tyrpenou/ASP Australasia


“This is huge confidence boost. I’ve been training so hard so it’s good to see it pay off,” said Logie. And pay off it did, with the natural-footer ready to go to the next leg on the Australian professional surfing tour in Tasmania $US5000 richer. Logie, who is considered by his peers to be one of the very best small wave surfers on the planet, is recovering from a serious knee injury.

But he believes his knee is now 100 per cent and today’s win is the massive confidence boost he needs as he does his best to get back on the elite ASP Dream Tour. Logie is no stranger to Newcastle.

“This is very prestigious event and I always come here. I am stoked to win at Newcastle,” said Logie. “Mark Richards is a true icon of the sport of surfing and to win a trophy named in his honour is unbelievable,” he said. Logie had another tight win in the semi-final, after coming up against local school student Sam Lendrum from Catherine Hill Bay.

Lendrum, (13.50) the last local hope in the Mark Richards Pro, lost to Logie (13.45) by the narrowest margin (0.05-points) in the entire competition. The unlucky 18-year-old, who had earlier led the victory charge of the Catherine Hill Bay boardriders in the Coca-Cola teams challenge, was pipped in the last minutes of the heat by the South African.

While its back to school for Lendrum, other surfers will move to Tasmania to contest the O’Neill Cold Water Classic.


Phillipa Anderson : photo Michael Tyrpenou/ASP Australasia


Results Mark Richards Pro

Travis Logie
Drew Courtney

Travis Logie  
Sam Lendrum

Drew Courtney
Clancy Dawson

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Results  Maitland Toyota Open

Phillipa Anderson
Dimity Stoyle

Dimity Stoyle 
Sofia Mulanovich

Phillipa Anderson  
Ashley Smith

Check the Full Womens Results

WQS ratings after the Mark Richards Pro

1 Santos,Bruno BRA 2000
2 Goodrum,Darrell USA 1925
3 Monteiro,Raoni BRA 1750
4 Selman,Manuel CHL 1631
5 Neves,Leonardo BRA 1531
6 Farney,Marcio BRA 1525
7 Curran,Nathaniel USA 1500
7 Polo,Marco BRA 1500
7 Trekinho,Marcelo BRA 1500
10 Silva,Jean da BRA 1425
11 Cormican,Aaron USA 1313
12 Miranda,Bernardo BRA 1300
12 Gouveia,Ian BRA 1300
14 Jones,Blake USA 1125
15 Carneiro,Savio BRA 1100
15 Galvao,Renato BRA 1100
15 Henrique,Pedro BRA 1100
15 Paulino,Pablo BRA 1100
15 Silva,Andre BRA 1100
15 Tamberg,Patrick BRA 1100
21 Teriinatoofa,Hira PYF 1075
22 Lopez,Cory USA 1069
23 Toth,Brian PRI 1025
24 Burrell,Shaun USA 1006
25 Bourgeois,Ben USA 975
25 Simpson,Brett USA 975
27 Merle-Jones,Jesse HAW 919
27 Moreda,Alejandro PRI 919
29 Carmo,Davi do BRA 900
29 Guedes,Joao PRT 900
29 Bettero,Hizunome BRA 900
29 Lima,Sergio BRA 900
29 Ribas,Victor BRA 900
29 Brown,Charlie BRA 900
29 Toledo,Filipe BRA 900
36 Ettinger,Brad USA 825
36 Yeomans,Nathan USA 825
36 Reilly,Brent USA 825
39 Martinez,Magnum VEN 781
40 Belo,Jano BRA 700
40 Costa,Alexandre (Costinha) BRA 700
40 Costa,Danilo BRA 700
40 Coutinho,Odirlei BRA 700
40 Ferreira,Ricardo BRA 700
40 Gouveia,Fabio BRA 700
40 Grillo,Danylo BRA 700
40 Neto,Dunga BRA 700
40 Romao,Simao BRA 700
40 Felix,Messias BRA 700
40 Mendes,Jesse BRA 700
51 Heilman,Jesse USA 694
51 Kling,Gabe USA 694
51 Parker,Alek USA 694
51 Ware,Austin USA 694

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WQS women's ratings after the Maitland Toyota Open

1 Mulanovich,Sofia PER 865
2 Pellizzari,Ornella ARG 670
3 Anderson,Phillipa AUS 500
4 Stoyle,Dimity AUS 430
4 Gomez,Anali PER 430
6 Smith,Ashley AUS 365
6 Jeri,Alexia PER 365
8 Mason,Airini NZL 305
8 Rocha,Joana PRT 305

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