Isabella Nicholls Ends Kobie Enright’s Winning Streak At Tweed Coast Pro
EVENT // 2018 MOTHERNEST TWEED COAST PRO
It’s been an incredible three weeks for Kobie Enright. On Sunday she was vying for a hattrick of World Qualifying Series victories after winning the Carve Pro Maroubra, the Burleigh Pro and making it through to the finals today where she came up against former World Junior Champion Isabella Nichols.
In the final both surfers started slowly with small scores and the win was there for anyone to take. Nichols sealed the victory with a long right-hander that she unloaded sharp-and-precise top-to-bottom turns to score an 8.75. Nichols booked her spot in the Final after some last-minute heroics in her semifinal win over India Robinson. Needing a solid score, Nichols found a wave and lit it up to edge out Robinson for a spot in the Final by a mere 0.25.
Sunshine Coast World Junior Champion Isabella Nichols said after the nailbiting final, “Knowing that Kobie was in good form fired me up to put on a good performance. She’s a great surfer, but I’ve been working really hard on being prepared for 2018 both mentally and physically. It’s great to have hard work pay off and I’m now really looking forward to the QS6,000s coming up at Manly and Newcastle.
“It’s been a great event, we have really good waves and the level of surfing has been really high,” Isabella added. “I was starting to feel like I was coming down with the flu yesterday, but luckily for me I’m feeling much better today. Three heats and an event win, not a bad day in the office! I’m really happy to have won — thanks to WSL, Surfing NSW and all the event sponsors for making this event happen.”
Despite not winning this event, Kobie was still stoked on her three-from-three finals but admits coming in second is still tough. “Even after two wins in a row, coming second hurts. I can’t complain though, three Finals in a row is really good. It’s great for my confidence leading into Manly and Newcastle. So many of the top girls in the world will be at those, so it’s always nice to be prepared and getting some solid scores.”
*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 2018 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, Coastalwatch, World Surf League and Surfing NSW.
Photos by ETHAN SMITH / SURFING NSW