Queensland’s HIF Masters & Women’s Results Event 1
17th May 2015
(Top Isabella Nichols by Surfing Queensland)
With ratings points now set after the first event of the two event series, the race to gain valuable series ratings points begins with all focus shifting to the second event of the series on the Sunshine Coast set to kick off on the 20-21 of June.
Duranbah again played host to the highly awaited event as finals got underway in a shifting 3-4ft South East Swell. The shift in conditions proved no match for Queensland’s best with a number of athletes scoring waves within the excellent range (8-10 points out of a possible 10).
In the blue ribbon Open Women’s final it was Isabella Nichols (Coolum Beach, QLD) taking it out and gaining those all important ratings points for the two event series. Isabella will enter event two on the Sunshine Coast as series leader and her spot in the 2016 Roxy Pro Trials as a Wildcard.
2014 HIF Women’s Open Women’s champion Sophie McCulloch (Alexandra Headland, QLD) again proved that she is also in strong contention for a second consecutive Roxy Pro Trials Wildcard. Although finishing third in the Open Women’s final to Isabella Nichols and Brodie Doyle (Coolangatta, QLD), Sophie managed to take out the Under 18 Girls final and also managed to bag a $100 winner’s cheque thanks to HIF for the Wave of the weekend, evidently stamping her authority for event one of the two event series.
Event two will resume back on the Sunshine Coast on June 20-21 where another $100 HIF Wave of the Weekend winner’s cheques will be up for grabs and the race for valuable series ratings points will continue.
Under 16 Girls:
1st – Piper Harrison
2nd – Anna Toohey
3rd – Shaye Leeuwenda
4th – Laticia Josephson
Under 18 Girls:
1st – Sophie McCulloch
2nd – Laura Poncini
3rd – Vittoria Famer
4th – Pheobe King
Under 21 Girls:
1st – Vittoria Farmer
2nd – Laura Poncini
3rd – Kiani Dobbyn
4th – Jade Wheatley
5th – Pheobe King
1st – Isabella Nichols
2nd – Brodie Doyle
3rd – Sophie McCulloch
4th – Vittoria Farmer
As added value to this year’s series, HIF have put $100 up for grabs for the ‘Wave of the Weekend’ for both male and female surfers.
The two-event series will crown Queensland Masters State Champions across the O/35, O/40, O/45, O/50, O/55 and O/60 Men’s divisions as well as female competitors across the Open Women’s and O/35 divisions.
The HIF Masters & Women’s series offers the exclusive qualification pathway for competitors aiming for selection into the Queensland Surfing Team set to compete at the Australian Open Surf Masters Titles.
Queensland’s Open Women’s champion will receive a coveted spot in the trials of the 2016 WSL World Tour Roxy Pro event at Snapper Rocks.
The HIF Masters and Women’s series presented by World Surfaris is proudly supported by, HIF, World Surfaris, Coastalwatch Plus, Australian Skin Cancer Clinics, Surfing Life Magazine, the Queensland Government, and Surfing Queensland.
Words and Photos courtesy of Surfing Queensland