Above: Day 4 (Tuesday) highlights
Above: Day 3 (Monday) highlights
Above: Former ASP World Champ Barton Lynch breaks down the Australian Open
Hurley Australian Open Of Surfing Highlight Videos
The Australian Open Of Surfing kicked off a few days ago at Manly Beach just north of Sydney. And while the surf hasn’t been up to par, the surfing has been stellar, and there’s a forecasted bump in the swell over the next couple of days. The event is a 6-star WQS so it’s a crucial stop for anyone hoping to do some damage in 2014 and beyond.
Watch the Hurley Australian Open of Surfing live at australianopenofsurfing.com. Tuesday’s results below…
SURFERS POWER THROUGH SMALL CONDITIONS AT THE ASP 6-STAR HURLEY AUSTRALIAN OPEN OF SURFING
Despite a slight drop in wave sizes, there was a ton of surfing completed on Day 4 of the Hurley Australia Open of Surfing, with half of Men’s Round 2 and all of Round 1 of the women’s ASP 6-Star Qualifying Series divisions being contested today.
The event’s highly touted number one seed, Julian Wilson of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia, started the day with an impressive win in the difficult conditions. Wilson scored an 8.50 (out of a possible 10) for two explosive backhand turns and advanced easily into the Round of 48, with last year’s ASP Australasia Pro Junior champion Jake Sylvester (Newcastle, NSW/AUS) sneaking behind him in 2nd.
Wilson said, “It’s tricky out there. That 8.50 was easily the best wave that came through during the heat, it was only two manoeuvres, but you have to make the most of the opportunities.”
Clearly, Wilson did just that.
American Nikki Viesins posted the highest single wave score of the women’s division today, earning a near-perfect 9.50 (out of a possible 10). This is Viesins first time in Australia and she’s making the most of the Florida-like conditions, the place she calls ‘home’.
“The surf where I come from is small most of the year so I felt really comfortable in those conditions,” Viesins said. “This is my first time in Australia, it’s really beautiful here, this event is super cool and I’m loving it. I saw the Opera House, I went on a ferry and I’ve been enjoying the surf.”
Send us some pics, Nikki!
Former WCT campaigner, Yadin Nicol (Yallingup, WA/AUS) snuck through a tricky heat, catching a wave that saw him jump from 3rd to 2nd place in the last 45 seconds of the 25 minute heat. In the process, Nicol eliminated local Manly surfer Nick Butler who got bumped out of 2nd place—much to the disappointment of a very vocal and adoring hometown crowd.
“Every time Nick stood up the whole beach was screaming, it’s a bummer for him to lose like that,” said Nicol afterward.
Diplomatic words, from a surfer who has had his share of close calls. Nicol has fallen short of requalification twice at the final event of the season at Pipeline in Hawaii. He’ll be hoping for a good result at Manly to boost his chances for next year.
Indonesia’s sole representative at Manly, Oney Anwar, posted a monster 9.50 (out of a possible perfect 10) in his Round of 96 heat win today. Anwar was on fire, excelling in the conditions that saw other surfers struggle, finishing the heat with the second highest two-wave heat-total of the event thus far 16.77 out of a possible 20.
“I knew that surfing against the WCT guys like Adam Melling was going to be hard,” Anwar said. “It was a good chance for me to give it my best and see how I go against those guys. The waves were tough, but still super fun, my board went amazing out there. Getting a 9 gave me so much confidence.”
Heitor Alves (Brazil) lit up Manly Beach at the Hurley Australian Open of Surfing today, posting two scores in the 8-point-range to easily win his heat and advance into the next round. Alves is one of the most experienced surfers in the draw and is looking for a big start to the year to help him re-claim a spot on the elite ASP World Championship Tour.
And we simply have to mention another rampaging Brazilian – Filipe Toledo is looking super dangerous in the tiny conditions. Toledo blew away his competitors today; slicing, dicing and throwing tail in the small punchy surf.