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HIF Masters & Women’s surf series kicks off at Coolum




HIF Masters & Women’s
presented by World Surfaris

Surfing Queensland
 Coolum Beach, Sunshine Coast Queensland
17 - 20 June 2015

Opening round heats conclude an exciting day one 

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 20 June, 2015 - Sunshine Coast - Day one of the second event to the coveted two event HIF Masters & Women’s surf series presented by World Surfaris kicked off today at Sunshine Coasts Coolum Beach with competitors greeted with clean 2-3ft conditions.

In the early stages of competition, the under 16 girls set the benchmark for what is high performance surfing with Piper Harrison (Coolangatta, QLD) as one of those in her division to raise the bar.

Four waves was all it took for Piper to secure the leading position in her opening round heat and while doing so, scored the highest single wave score (8.67 out of a possible 10) within the women’s divisions. Piper is now the front runner for the HIF Wave of the Weekend $100 winners cheque to be announced at tomorrow’s presentation.

Among those within the under 16 girls is Zahli Kelly (Wooloowin, QLD) who like Piper, displayed an outstanding performance in her opening round heats. Zahli will shape up to the liked of Piper Harrison, Holly Williams (Buddina, QLD) and Anna Toohey (Dicky Beach, QLD) in tomorrows under 16 girls final.

From the over 50 men’s division, it was David Masters (Mooloolaba, QLD) who proved as an evident standout across all masters divisions with his heavy-footed maneuvers. David’s performance saw him steam right through round one and into tomorrows semi-final where he will be aiming for those all important ratings points in order to guarantee his spot on Queensland’s surf masters team.

Competition will resume tomorrow with the stage set for the finals across all divisions and Queensland Champions to be crowned for the Masters & Women’s series finale.

As added value to this year’s series, two surfers will also have the chance to take home $100 in prize money by winning the HIF ‘Wave of the Weekend’ which is awarded to the highest single wave score posted and is open to all Men’s and Women’s divisions.

The HIF Masters and Women’s State Surfing Series presented by World Surfaris comprises of two events and forms the exclusive qualification pathway for Queensland’s best surfers from the Open Women and Masters divisions to represent Queensland at the Australian Surf Festival in Coffs Harbor this August. A wildcard entry into the trials of the 2016 Roxy Pro World Tour event on the Gold Coast will be awarded to the 2015 Open Women’s state champion, which will ensure a fierce level of competition.

This event is proudly supported by the Naturally Refreshing Sunshine Coast Council, the official destination partner of this event.

The HIF Masters and Women’s series presented by World Surfaris is proudly supported by, HIF, World Surfaris, Coastalwatch Plus, Australian Skin Cancer Clinics, Surfing Life Magazine, the Queensland Government, and Surfing Queensland.

Cory Roberts

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