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Maroubra, Sydney NSW/AUS (Friday, January 20, 2017) – With a solid Southerly change hitting Maroubra overnight, competitors at the 2017 Carve Pro Men’s and Women’s QS1,000 event were greeted with rugged and solid waves on Day 3 of competition. Event organisers relished the overload of waves and ran another massive day of heats to draw closer to crowning Carve Pro Champions.
Ellie Brooks flew out of the gates early in her Round 3 Heat posting a 7.25 (out of a possible 10) straight off the bat. The stylish natural-footer struggled to find a back up as conditions changed, meaning the heat wasn’t hers until the final buzzer went and had to endure a nerve wracking final minute.
“I surfed earlier to feel it out and then conditions completely changed,” Brooks said. “That really confused me when my heat started. Making it to the finals is always a goal, so to do it at the first of several events in a row is great. I’m really happy with that.”
Heat 2 of Women’s Round 3 saw progression from former CT surfer Claire Bevilacqua and young gun Kobie Enright. Enright dominated the heat continuing her form from the recent World Junior Championship where she finished equal 5th. Although she looked unphased, Enright finds surfing against the older more experienced campaigners to be daunting but educational.
“The conditions were super tough out there,” Enright said. “It was a struggle to find a wave without a bumpy face so I just tried to catch as many waves as possible and eventually I got a decent one. Once I found the one I was after I just built from there. It’s always intimidating coming up against former CT surfers like Claire (Bevilacqua). They have so much experience so it’s scary but a great learning experience.”
Coming into the Carve Pro Maroubra as reigning champion, Mikaela Greene is stoked to be back at the place of her most memorable result. She continued her love affair with the event today posting the highest heat total of Women’s Round 3. Greene moves into the Quarterfinals and a step closer to going back-to-back at the Carve Pro.
“It feels so good to be back here,” Greene said. “I have some amazing memories of Maroubra so it’s great to be competing in this event again. I’m feeling really confident in my surfing at the moment. I have been training really hard and I can definitely feel it in my surfing. I haven’t put any pressure on myself to win the event but more to use it as a good launch pad for the season ahead.”
Young Sunshine Coast native Reef Heazlewood played a patient game in Heat 1 of Men’s Round 3. Heazlewood led the heat in it’s entirety only needing two waves to hold the top spot. The goofy foot went left and right with his backhand attack earning him an excellent 9.00 point ride to progress into Round 5.
“That heat I tried a bit of a different strategy,” Heazlewood said. “I usually try and catch every wave that comes near me in a contest, but today I played it a bit more patiently. It seemed to pay off as I had priority when it counted and I could take the best waves on offer.”
Only having a short drive from his front door, Perth Standlick didn’t count on his car running out of fuel on the way to his Round 4 heat today. Standlick, who has been posting some of the highest heat totals of the event, only just made it to his Round 4 match up. Running late didn’t seem to affect his preparation, as he went to town on the lefts on offer. Standlick’s powerful backhand attack earned him another solid heat total of 14.75 to progress into Round 5.
“I almost didn’t make it down here,” Standlick said. “I was pretty flustered when I first paddled out but that is the benefit of surfing with four man priority, you can basically surf your own heat. I opted to sit down and go for the lefts and it worked for me so I’m stoked.”
15-year-old Caleb Tancred from the NSW central coast continued his dream run at Maroubra sneaking into Round 5 in the second qualifying position. In only the second QS event of his young career, Tancred looked comfortable against his older rivals and will live to fight another day on the Finals day at the Carve Pro.
“The only other QS i have surfed in was here last year and i got knocked in the first round,” Tancred said. “I’m feeling a lot better this year and really enjoying the experience. I don’t feel too nervous against the older guys as I don’t really have anything to lose. I know they would be more nervous about losing to me so I just try and play on that.”
Check back tomorrow as we will be crowning our event champions.
For more information head to www.WorldSurfLeague.com or check out the WSL app. The event will also be webcast live at the locations on the 21st and 22nd of January.