November 5- 11, 2017: Issue 336
Newport SLSC's Jake Lynch Awarded Surf Sports Athlete Of The Year At The National Surf Life Saving Awards Of Excellence
SLSA 2017 National Awards Of Excellence
Bilgola SLSC's 'Billy Boat Carnival' 2017
Australian Sailing Awards 2017: The Winners
Also: Australian Sailing Hall Of Fame Inducts Olympians, Paralympians, America’s Cup Champions And Ocean Racers
Awards Show Australian Sailing’s Diverse Strength
Local Surfers Flying High in the 2017 Port Stephens Toyota NSW Pro
The final event of the World Surf League (WSL) Women’s Qualifying Series (QS), the Port Stephens Toyota NSW Pro Women’s QS6,000 kicked off on Thursday, November 2nd.
World Surf League Deputy Commissioner Jess Miley-Dyer was once a member of the Championship Tour and knows firsthand the dedication and hard work that is involved in qualifying. The former World Junior Champion is keeping a close eye on this major event and who will push deep into the draw and onto next year’s ‘Dream Tour.’
“This is the last event on the QS calendar so it’s super important in terms of points and last-ditch qualification efforts,” Miley Dyer said. “There’s a few surfers who have their career on the line, so for them, this is going to be a very stressful week. We also have the opportunity to witness new Australian talent come through the ranks on the world stage at the beginning of their careers.”
With the top six from the QS rankings elevating to the CT, there are a number of scenarios and situations that need to play out for each competitor hoping to make the jump. With a small amount of points separating the top 20, there’s a number of surfers with a shot at elevation.
“As always, the talent pool on the women’s side is excellent and I’m excited to see who get’s the final slots for the 2018 CT,” Miley-Dyer continued. “The last qualifying spot seems to be quite open at this point, and there are a few women like Paige Hareb, Macy Callaghan and Philippa Anderson on the cusp of getting it. It should be an exciting battle and I can’t wait to see who will get it done.”
Since taking out the World Junior Championship in Kiama earlier this year, 17-year-old Macy Callaghan has had her attention focused on one thing, qualifying for the CT. After a third-place finish last week in Japan, the Central Coast standout has moved to 10th on the QS rankings and is one solid result away from achieving her dreams.
“I’m trying not to think about rankings or any of that coming into this event,” Callaghan said. “It is still in the back of my mind because of all of the talk and hype but I’m trying to ignore it and just focus on the event. I know that this event was close to being cancelled so the fact that all of the partners teamed up to save this event is amazing. All of that effort and hard work is so good for women’s surfing – we’re all so thankful.”
The most impressive performance of the event so far came on Day 2 in heat three of round four when Bungan's Holly Wawn took to the water. Wawn surfed out of her skin posting a two-wave heat total of 17.50 for her super powerful forehand attack. After recently returning from an injury, Wawn is stoked to get a solid start to the event.
“That was really fun out there,” Wawn said. “I haven’t had the best year competitively so it’s nice to get a solid heat win. I had a pretty quick recovery physically from my injury but it has taken a little longer to ease back into competition. I’m hoping the waves stay like this for my next heat.”
While the women surfed on the northernmost bank at Birubi on Friday, a group of Australia’s best male competitors were doing battle just down the beach for the Port Stephens Toyota NSW Pro pres. by Newcastle Airport Men’s QS1,000.
Joining the Men’s QS1,000 and Women’s QS6,000 components of the event will be the Port Stephens Women’s Challenge and the PRD Port Stephens and Kaos Surf Cadet Cup. Both events will give amateur women and promising junior stars the opportunity to rub shoulders with some of the biggest names in women’s surfing. Divisions in the PRD Port Stephens and Kaos Surf Cadet Cup comprise of Under 16 Boys and Girls, Under 14 Boys and Girls, Under 12 Boys and Girls and Under 10 Boys and Girls.
In addition to the action in the water, Surfing NSW have undertaken a range of local engagements for the Port Stephens community, ranging from Indigenous surfing lessons, boardriders activations and allowing local students to gain work experience on site.
Check out Day 1, 2, and 3 Reports from Surfing NSW HERE, combined with some spectacular photography of brilliant surfing.