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Central Coast Pro QS1000 kicks off in small, playful peaks

Gabriel Farias © Smith/WSL




Central Coast Pro

World Surf League QS1000
Avoca, New South Wales Australia
9 - 12 February 2016

Central Coast Pro Steamrolls Through Day One of Competition

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 9 February, 2016 - Avoca Beach, New South Wales - The inaugural Central Coast Pro World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) 1000 event got off to a flying start today as the elite four-day event kicked off in playful two-foot peaks.

India Robinson (Jan Juc, Vic) made light work of her round one exchange, latching into multiple long walls that allowed for an eclectic mix of frontside turns. The Victorian surfer has been continuing her winning momentum since taking out the 2015 Maxum Women’s Pro Junior and has been dubbed one to watch as the event edges toward the finals.

“It’s always good to take a win in the opening round, it builds your confidence going into the next few rounds,” said Robinson. “I have been training a lot at the High Performance Centre and with my coach Adam Robertson and both have really helped me prepare for the year ahead.” 

Sophie McCulloch (Alexandra Headland, Qld) wasted little time making her intentions known in the opening round of the women’s division, posting two scores in the mid-eight point range and finishing the heat with a healthy heat total of 16.80 (out of a possible 20 points). The Sunshine Coast surfer will make her next appearance alongside Mikaela Green, Teresa Bonvalot and Eliza Greene in the second round.

“I prefer surfing on my forehand, so I was happy there were a few good righthanders for me to generate some scores,” said McCulloch. “All the girls have been ripping in preparation for this event and it really emphasises the fact that there really are no easy heats.”

After taking out the Telstra Stores Tweed Coast Pro less than a week ago, Jacob Willcox (Margaret River, WA) continued to steam-roll through his opening round at the Central Coast Pro. Willcox exchanged multiple blows with local whiz-kid Sandon Whittaker (Avoca, NSW) with both goofy-footers posting a variety of respectable scores, however it was the WA surfer who got the nod, with Whittaker taking the runner-up spot.

“You definitely carry a lot of confidence after a win, but you really need to pull yourself back and remember that it’s a new comp, new heats and different conditions,” said Willcox. “There’s a lot of amazing surfers in this event and I think it’ll only continue to get better as we get further into the heat draw.”

Jesse Adam (Newcastle, NSW) put on a display of steely focus and determination; nabbing a round two win from recent Subway Surf Series Pro Junior winner Quinn Bruce (Coolangatta, Qld). As a result, both Bruce and Adam cemented their position into tomorrow’s third round.

“I’ve been enjoying surfing earlier rounds as it’s almost like a risky warmup,” said Adam. “I knew Quinn was dangerous out there, especially coming off a win in WA, so to get a win over someone like him who is on a bit of a roll.”

All competitors are advised to ring the event hotline (0458 247 212) by 6.45am on the days of competition to confirm location and running order.

Will Hayden-Smith

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