Victorian Open Series
Cape Woolamai, Phillip Island, Australia
4 - 5 March 2017
Sophie Fletcher and Cahill Bell-Warren come out on top at Phillip Island
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 4 March, 2017 - Phillip Island - Local surfer Sophie Fletcher and former event champion Cahill Bell-Warren have claimed round two of the Victorian Open Series presented by HIF at Cape Woolamai on Phillip Island today.
Tricky conditions were on offer throughout the day, with a solid 4-5ft swell and increasing cross-shore winds and the famous beach break.
A star-studded Men’s final saw former state champion and Qualifying Series (QS) surfer Jack Perry (Jan Juc) go up against fellow QS competitors Cahill Bell-Warren, Harry Mann (Torquay) and Caiden Fowler (Mornington Peninsula).
Cahill Bell-Warren came out on top of the high scoring final with a heat total of 15.00 (out of a possible 20) after claiming the same Phillip Island Round last year. “It feels special to go back to back at Phillip Island in fun conditions and get the chance to surf the final with a some of my best mates.”
Placing in second was Harry Mann on 14.90 points who had the opportunity on the siren however fell on the final turn. Caiden Fowler placed in third on 14.44 points with Jack Perry in 4th on 13.16 points.
Bell-Warren will now have an opportunity to take the state title at his home break of Bells Beach and win the prize of a 7-day Boat Trip to the Maldives. “I have won the Bells Beach round 5 times now, so I feel comfortable competing there and am hoping to get another win to claim that trip to the Maldives.”
Local surfer Sophie Fletcher was in form all day in the Open Women’s division. Utilising her local knowledge at Woolamai, Fletcher finished in the final with a heat total of 12.20 points, her third event victory in recent weeks.
“I feel like I’m on a bit of a roll at the moment. I don’t feel like I have any pressure and I am just surfing,” said Fletcher. “Surfing at home is great, I am used to surfing when it is big and shifty like this.”
Placing in second was Round 1 winner Bella Wilson (Jan Juc) who finished on 8.36 points. Sage Goldsbury (Phillip Island) placed in third on 7.03 points with Daisy Corbett (Phillip Island) in fourth on 2.80 points.