Sarah Baum Wins Final Vissla Central Coast Pro & Kobie Enright Takes The Series
Kobie Enright’s Big Start
2018 has been huge already for the WSL Qualifying Series surfers thanks to the new surf brand on the scene, Vissla. 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. Over 200 male and female surfers competed in the event, which saw over 18 different countries represented in both divisions.
It’s Kobie Enright’s first year out of school after completing WQS events as well as finishing year 12 in Tweed Heads, NSW. And if this is any sign of what’s to come from her now she’s got more time on her hands we’re going to see Kobie qualify for the WCT very shortly. Kobie took out the highest point score (with, 1750 points) after winning the first event of this series, the Carve Pro, and after a second consecutive win at the Burleigh Pro, came in runner-up at the Tweed Coast Pro.
“I got a good start to the year.” Said Kobie. “We got great waves at all the contest which was a nice change for the QS events. Then to do well at contest around home with the support of friends and family, really just makes it all that little bit sweeter. It’s always nice to have that extra confidence in yourself because it’s really such a draining and deflating sport when you don’t have a good run. I didn’t make it over to Florida this year, so tried to make the most of missing that WQS6000 event, so I’m really happy I made some impactful heats.
The year was a flow-through from momentum she gained after a Rip Curl team trip to Hawaii in December. “It was one of the greatest trips I’ve been on it was such a relief to go somewhere without having to focus on a contest and just enjoy exploring where we were and surfing.” She said. “The whole aim of the trip was to just have fun and surf and I think it’s safe to say we all did achieve that, and a lot more.
“Ripcurl has been such a big part of my life for so long now. I’ve made lifelong friends and memories so going on a surf trip with some of my best friends just added to the collection.”
With no stress of high school this year, Kobie has said she’ll be focussing on the QS6000 and QS3000 events this year with that ultimate aim of qualifying into the World Championship Tour for 2019.
Sarah Baum Is Back In Form
The Vissla Central Coast Pro presented by Slimes Surf was held over the weekend as the concluding event of the series. The waves showed up, and on Sunday it cleaned up with rippable three-foot waves for the women.
South Africa’s Sarah Baum burst into this event on Wednesday with an arsenal of big, strong and radical maneuvers and continued to move from strength-to-strength as she progressed through the draw. In the finals, she came up against, in-form local Kirra-Belle Olsson, but it was an early 7.25 score that gave Sarah the lead early and the victory, her biggest win to date.
“I’m feeling so stoked right now,” said Sarah. “We had such good waves over the course of the event and I felt like I was surfing pretty well in most of my heats. This is definitely one of my biggest results to date for sure and to have pretty good waves for the final day was definitely the cherry on top of an awesome week.”
No doubt it won’t be the last we hear of Baumy on the competition circuit this year. Congratulations to all the event winners and participants.
The 2018 NSW Pro Surf Series was 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.
2018 Event dates and locations:
Event One: Carve Pro
Location: Maroubra Beach
Date: January 18th – 21st, 2018
Event Two: Mothernest Tweed Coast Pro
Location: Cabarita Beach
Date: January 31st – February 4th, 2018
Event Three: Vissla Great Lakes Pro pres. by D’Blanc
Location: Boomerang Beach
Date: February 7th – 11th, 2018
Event Four: Vissla Central Coast Pro pres. by Slimes Boardstore
Location: Avoca Beach
Date: March 7th – 11th, 2018