Day two of the Komunity Project Central Coast Pro pres. by Rockstar shifted south to Avoca Point today, where competitors took full advantage of the punchy three-to-four foot right-handers on offer.
Oney Anwar picked up where he left off yesterday, putting on an exciting display of huge hooks and innovative aerials. The Indonesian natural-footer posted the first and only perfect ten-point ride of the event thus far in his round three heat, followed by an 8.75, to take his accumulative total to 18.75 (out of a possible 20 points) and cemented his position into tomorrow’s fourth round.
“I was so happy they rescheduled four heats yesterday as I thought the point could have a few good waves today,” said Anwar. “The waves just keep getting better and better. I knew that the judges wanted to see big turns, not flicky turns so I just went for it. My boards are actually designed for that reason, so I’m stoked it all worked out.”
Kiwi standout TeKehukehu Butler has made his trans-Tasman journey worthwhile making the fourth round of the recent Subway Surf Series Pro Junior, and today taking an impressive victory in his third round heat at the Komunity Project Central Coast Pro pres. by Rockstar. Butler unleashed a healthy mix of snaps and fins-free turns in the heat and as a result was rewarded with a 15.50 heat total.
“The waves are pumping,” said Butler. “I’ve been here around a week so far and these are the best conditions we’ve had, so to have a heat out there is awesome. It’s always good to fly the Kiwi flag over here when I’m competing as the best surfers are all here. Hopefully I can get a few more wins under my belt.”
After overcoming a horrific arm injury, Northern Beaches native Holly Wawn seemed to be in career best form, notching up a massive 17.00 two wave heat total (out of a possible 20 points). The long tapered walls of Avoca Point were perfectly suited to Wawn’s trademark power hacks as she executed some mammoth forehand carves to leave her closest rivals chasing two-wave combinations to snatch her lead.
“I feel like I’m getting back to 100% since the injury,” said Wawn. “It’s good to have these sort of waves here as I feel like I don’t have to rush as much as with a beachie and I can let my surfing do the talking.”
Dimity Stoyle showed why she was a former WSL Championship Tour competitor posting two excellent scores, 9.50 and an 8.90. Despite recently suffering illness, Stoyle revelled in the playful righthand walls, executing her snaps with tack-sharp precision and showed signs of talent that carried her onto the elite CT back in 2014 and 2015.
“I’ve been really sick all week, so this is the first I’ve surfed,” said Stoyle. “I watched the heats yesterday and thought I’d have to ride a really big board, so I was stoked when I turned up today and could ride my normal shortboard and have a lot of fun instead of battling with the elements.”
The elite five-day competition – which will form the fourth and final of four stops on the Vissla NSW Pro Surf Series – will take place from 8th – 12th March, 2017.
Over-200 of Australia’s and the world’s most promising male and female surfers will compete in the event, which will see over 15 different countries represented across both divisions.
The Komunity Project Central Coast Pro pres. by Rockstar will be webcast live on March 11 and 12 at www.worldsurfleague.com
Event dates and locations:
Event One: Carve Pro
Location: Maroubra Beach
Date: January 19th – 22nd, 2017
Event Two: Telstra Stores Tweed Coast Pro
Location: Cabarita Beach
Date: February 1st – 5th, 2017
Event Three:Komunity Project Great Lakes Pro pres. by Rockstar
Location: Boomerang Beach
Date: February 7th – 11th, 2017
Event Four: Komunity Project Central Coast Pro pres. by Rockstar
Location: Avoca Beach
Date: March 8th – 12th, 2017
The Vissla NSW Pro Surf Series was developed for Australian and International surfers to gain ranking points and prize money on the WSL Qualifying Series. The Series also creates a NSW coastal road trip for all to explore the variety of waves, visit local communities and enjoy NSW surfing culture.
The 2017 Vissla NSW Pro Surf Series will be proudly supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW. The series will also be proudly supported by Vissla, Randwick City Council, Central Coast Council, Destination Tweed, Mid Coast Council and Tourism, NBN, Toyota, Surfing Life Magazine, World Surf League and Surfing NSW.