Merewether’s Philippa Anderson has kicked her 2019 QS campaign off with a strong victory at the Carve Pro in a day of small waves at Maroubra Beach in Sydney.
Anderson, who saw her tour aspirations take a tumble again last season after a disappointing quarter-finals finish at the season-ending Port Stephens Pro last year, said the win gives her the platform she needs to take another run at tour qualification.
“To walk away with a win in the first event of the year feels really good,” Anderson said. “I’ll be giving the QS a good go again this year.”
“To start the year in NSW and get my feet in the wax in my own state is awesome. To get so close to qualifying last year and then to start this year with a win, confirms in my head that I can surf these events and you’re doing the right thing.”
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The 27-year-old dominated the relatively wave-starved final, posting an impressive 13.66 two-wave heat total to get the edge over Holly Wawn for an array of powerful, flowing frontside turns.
Anderson finished 13th last season to miss out on making the CT. It was the fifth time she has finished inside the top 13 without making the main tour.