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Cabarita, Tweed Coast NSW/AUS (Friday, February 3, 2017) – After two days straight of relentless northerly winds battering Cabarita beach, competitors at the Telstra Stores Tweed Coast Pro have finally arrived to find light winds and clean conditions. On the third day of competition 28 heats were run to complete Men’s Round four and Women’s Round 3 in clean 2 foot waves.
After a third place finish at the Burleigh Pro last week, Guadeloupe’s Timothee Bisso forgot to enter the Telstra Stores Tweed Coast Pro on time and found himself surfing from Round one. This hasn’t been an issue for the super fast goofy footer who has been nailing high scores all the way through the draw. Round 4 was no different as Bisso disassembled the lineup on his backhand to post a heat total of 17.40 (out of a possible 20). This was the second highest heat total of the round.
“I see surfing from Round 1 as a good opportunity for me as it’s great practice,” Bisso said. “I’ve been posting some good scores at the moment which I’m really happy with. I’m not that tired either so it’s all-good. I really don’t think surfing from Round one is bad thing at all, the waves are fun and the water is warm.”
Young Californian Nolan Rapoza moved through his Round 3 heat with ease at Cabarita with a heat total of 15. 85. Rapoza’s laser sharp backhand in the small waves could be attributed to growing up in Long Beach Los Angles but he believes everyone gets dealt these conditions.
“Every contest that I have surfed on this Australian leg has been on the small side so I suppose everyone has equal experience in these conditions,” Rapoza said. “None of my heats have been amazing, I have just been scraping through so I wanted put a solid heat total together soon. Everyone has to deal with these small conditions on the QS so I’m not complaining.”
Gold Coaster Nick Callister was living life on the edge in his Round 3 heat holding priority in third position until the final seconds. Callister only needed a high four to progress but wasn’t moving on anything he didn’t think could offer him a good score. With only 30 seconds remaining in the heat, Callister found a right-hander and smashed three big backhand re-entries to score a 7.15 and progress in top spot.
“I have been watching this bank all morning so I knew what sort of waves were coming through,” Callister said. “While I was waiting I was confident a wave with the score would come through and luckily it did. I’m on a new board as well which made things interesting because I’m not super used to it.”
Wade Carmichael has been on the cusp of qualifying for the elite Championship Tour (CT) on a number of occasions and when you see him surf you know why. With a bigger frame than most in the draw it is hard to comprehend how nimble and fast Carmichael can be in the small waves. That’s exactly how his performance in Round 4 would be descried with Carmichael sending masses of water everywhere with his bulky forehand hacks. On his way to a heat win he posted a near-perfect single wave score of 9.50 (out of a possible 10) one of the highest of the event so far.
“It feels really good to get back in a jersey and get focused again,” Carmichael said. “The waves are small which makes it hard but it is was it is and we just have to get it done. Last year didn’t finish as I would have liked so I’m keen to just focus this year and get some solid results early in the season.”
Isabella Nichols continued her incredible form at Cabarita from her recent win at Burleigh. Nichols looked focused and motivated on her way to posting a 13.90 heat total to progress into Round four.
“This is probably the best conditions we have had all event,” Nichols said. The bank is really fun and the winds are lighter today so it’s good. Even though it isn’t amazing it’s still fun and it is a job so it isn’t too hard to motivate yourself. Everyone gets the same conditions whether it is pumping or not so motivation is never a problem.”
The 2017 Telstra Stores Tweed Coast Pro will be WEBCAST LIVE ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY AT www.WorldSurfLeague.com and the WSL app.