Holly Wawn Goes Back-To-Back At Boomarang Great Lakes Pro
EVENT // 2018 VISSLA GREAT LAKES PRO
Finals day delivered at the Vissla Great Lakes Pro pres. by D’Blanc QS1,000 rated World Surf League event. The surf cleaned up and picked up with beautiful Boomerang Beach producing clean three-foot waves for an action-packed day that saw two worthy winners crowned. Jackson Baker (Merewether, NSW) and Holly Wawn (Newport, NSW) took control of finals day to claim impressive wins and go into the up and coming QS6,000 events in red-hot form.
The Women’s final a start to finish event with the first and last five minutes 9-point-ride scoring periods. Winner Holly Wawn putting on the strongest performance of the entire event against Californian prodigy Alyssa Spencer. Wawn found a beautiful left-hander early in the heat and posted a 9.50 for two massive backhand hacks. She then backed it up with a near perfect 9.90 for an astonishing heat total of 19.40, the highest of the entire event. It was the second time Wawn has won the Vissla Great Lakes Pro and sets her up for a massive assault on the 2018 Qualifying Series.
“This is my favourite place on the whole East Coast,” Holly said. “I have spent a lot of time here, coming up for weekends and surfing. It’s a great part of the world. I paddled out for the Final and it seemed to calm down, then I just caught some waves and was all the sudden in the lead. I was thinking ‘okay, don’t get an interference and mess this up’. It’s a great confidence booster heading to Manly and Newcastle QS6,000s. I had a bad result at the first one of the year but now I’m feeling confident for the next two.”
Although Alyssa was left needing a two-wave combination to take the win in the final, the 14-year-old didn’t give up, finding a 9.00 point ride of her own to finish the final with a solid heat total of 15.90. She leaves Boomerang with one of the best results of her young career.
“I absolutely love this place,” Alyssa said. “The waves have been so great and it’s so beautiful here. I have loved my time here. That was a really exciting final. I think Holly got a 9 and a 7 in the first five minutes, and I just tried to stay calm and think that I had gotten 9s and 7s so I could catch her. She then got another 9 towards the end, which I matched, but it was too late.”
The women of the WSL Qualifying Series now head to Newcastle’s Surfest next weekend then onto the Vissla Sydney Pro at Manly Beach (the new Australian Open of Surf).
*Photos by Ethan Smith / Surfing NSW