Elle Clayton-Brown placed second in her hometown Open Women’s Pro-AM. Source: Surfing NSW

Port Stephen’s Elle Clayton-Brown and Anna Bay’s Jasmine Sampson may have been two of the best competitors on the waves at the Open Women’s Pro-AM last weekend, but they were no match for Japan’s Amuro Tsuzuki as she charged through the competition rounds.

The Japanese star, who used the open tournament to prepare for the upcoming 2018 Port Stephens Toyota Pro World Surf League Qualifying Series, secured the top spot with a massive 16.5 two-wave heat in the final, waving away Clayton-Brown and Sampson’s challenges.

Lily Macdonald, a regular opens entrant, represented the Northern Beaches at the event, and ran fourth behind the two Hunter locals and Tsuzuki.

The Kaos Surf PRD Cadet Cup and the Open Women’s Pro-AM events gave amateur women and promising junior stars the opportunity to rub shoulders with some of the biggest names in women’s surfing.

The elite World Surf League (WSL) QS competitions – which will run from the 8 – 13 November – will comprise of Women’s 6,000 and Men’s 1,000 rated divisions and provide the women with a healthy boost of points to finish their 2018 QS campaigns.

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