Phillip Island Pro
Harrison locks in early good scores on her way to besting Zahli Kelly
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 30 October, 2017 - Cape Woolamai, Phillip Island - Coolangatta surfer Piper Harrison has been crowned inaugural Phillip Island Pro Women’s Champion at the Penguin Parade on Phillip Island.
Surfing with maturity beyond her years, the 16-year-old progressed through the final rounds of the event that was relocated to the Penguin Parade due to a large swell and moderate westerly winds.
The final saw Harrison lock in an early good scoring ride on her way to besting Zahli Kelly (Cabarita, NSW) who struggled to find the best waves in the windy surf.
Harrison finished the final with a heat total of 11.25 (out of a possible 20) with Kelly only managing a 9.00 heat total.
“This is my first ever Qualifying Series win so I’m pretty overwhelmed right now,” said an ecstatic Harrison. “When I woke up this morning I didn’t really expect to win but I am obviously stoked.”
Born in Victoria on the Mornington Peninsula, Harrison relocated to the Gold Coast 3 years ago and believes that honing her skills in the powerful Victoria waves helped at this event.
“Growing up surfing the waves around the Mornington Peninsula definitely helped at this event. It feels like I am home when I come to Phillip Island. I love coming to Phillip Island, you are never bored here. There is always waves and heaps of fun stuff to do when you aren’t surfing.”
14-year-old Zahli Kelly was pleased to make it to the final and surf in some great waves.
“I am so happy to just make the final,” said Kelly. “The waves were super fun throughout the whole event and to finish in a right-hand point break is awesome. This is my second time to Phillip Island, I love coming here. It is such a rugged area, it reminds me of New Zealand.”
Placing in equal third overall was India Robinson (Jan Juc, VIC) and Tarnea O'Meara (Sunshine Coast, QLD) who were both eliminated in the Semifinals.
The Men’s final rounds will be held tomorrow with a first call to be made at6:45 am at Summerland Bay (Penguin Parade). Follow results and live scores at www.worldsurfleague.com
1st Piper Harrison (Coolangatta, QLD), 11.25
2nd Zahli Kelly (Cabarita, NSW), 9.00
Women’s Semi Final 1
1st Zahli Kelly (Cabarita, NSW), 16.20
2nd Tarnea O'Meara (Sunshine Coast, QLD), 8.70
Women’s Semi Final 2
1st Piper Harrison (Coolangatta, QLD), 18.50
2nd India Robinson (Jan Juc, VIC), 7.60
Piper Harrison (Coolangatta, QLD) and runner up Zahli Kelly (Cabarita, NSW)