Phillipa Anderson won the women’s event ahead of young talents Jasmine Sampson, Ellie Clayton-Brown and Madi Poole. Source: Surfing Newcastle

Merewether’s Philippa Anderson may have confirmed back-to-back titles at the Mattara Surf Classic titles at South Bar Beach last weekend, but the emergence of a class of young talents from across the region was just as major as the silverware.

Anderson, who is currently preparing for the final event of the WSL qualifying series – the 6000-point Port Stephens Pro, ousted fellow locals Jasmine Sampson, Elle Clayton-Brown and Madi Poole to claim her first place victory.

The Merewether surfing star scored a come-from-behind victory over Anna Bay’s Sampson after final priority on the final wave of the day gave her a heat-high 6.9 wave, moving her ahead of the competition with an 11.13 overall score.

Sampson ran second with 9.73 in the end, while Clayton-Brown tallied 8.27 to place third and Poole rounded out the top four finishers with 7.16.

Anderson is currently 11th place in the qualifying series, and will be gunning for a high point haul in Port Stephens in the coming weeks to confirm her place on the championship tour for the very first time.

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