Hiroto Ohhara and Holly Wawn have taken top honours at the 2017 Komunity Project Central Coast Pro pres. by Rockstar after another day of playful beachbreaks at Avoca.
Hiroto Ohhara rampaged through the entire event over the duration of the last five days, consistently posting high scores for his eclectic aerial repertoire. The Japanese natural-footers performance culminated in the semis and final with him posting four scores in the excellent range (eight and above) to eventually take the victory over Maroubra surfer Monty Tait. This is Ohhara’s first victory since taking out the US Open of Surfing back in 2015.
“It’s been two years since I’ve won an event, so this feels amazing,” said Ohhara. “The waves have been pumping all week and I’m so happy to get a victory in waves like this. I would have liked to go one heat further at the Australian Open of Surfing at Manly, but I got eliminated in the semis, but overall I’m stoked with the way my Australian leg went.”
Monty Tait put on a valiant display of surfing over the course of the final heat against Ohhara relying on his trademark bread-and-butter snaps and carves to posting two solid scores in the eight point range. Tait remained within striking distance in the heat, only to fall on one critical turn in the dying minute that could have potentially handed him the score. Nevertheless, Tait claims this result is one of the best results of his career to date.
“This is definitely one of the highlights of my career for sure. I almost started crying on the podium,” said Tait. “I knew I had to get a wave straight away as I knew Hiroto was always quick to get the ball rolling. I just wanted to stay busy until I found the rhythm. I’ll be back at work next week now and start saving for a few more comps later in the year.”
After a potential career ending car accident last year, Holly Wawn returned to take the top spot of the dais in the Women’s division today. The Northern Beaches natural-footer tore apart the punchy waves on offer, posting a notable 14.50 heat total to get the nod ahead of former Championship Tour competitor Claire Bevilacqua.
“I’ve only just started competing again this year, so to get a win feels great,” said Wawn. “I had a pretty gnarly car accident last year and broke my arm and dislocated my shoulder, so it’s been almost six months worth of recovery and I have an arm full of metal, but it’s a good feeling to be back surfing heats, especially when the waves are like this.”
After blowing minds in the semi and quarterfinals, West Australia’s Claire Bevilacqua, failed to find the same form in the final against Wawn. Bevilacqua still posted a respectable 13.70 heat total (out of a possible 20 points), but was unable to find the necessary 7.51 wave to take away Wawn’s lead.
“It’s always nice to make a final, but unfortunately I peaked in the quarters and semi I think,” said Bevilacqua. “This has been the craziest run of swell and the waves have been incredible the whole event. Next year I’m going to bring some bigger boards for sure.”
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
TheVissla 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.