Team Australia have finished the UR ISA World Surfing Games with a silver medal after captain Sally Fitzgibbon’s first place finish, and thanks to Phillipa Anderson’s deep run in the repechage rounds.
Fitzgibbons defeated Paige Hareb, Bianca Buitendag and Summer Macedo in the tournament’s final, posting a massive 18.64 point total to secure the individual gold and team silver.
Newcastle’s Phillipa Anderson started strongly in the tournament, bagging top spot in heat 23 in the opening round with a respectable 6.47, beating out second placed Summer Macedo on 5.13.
She then grabbed second place in the next round, collecting an 8.24 score haul to beat out Ana Llior’s 7.6, but it wasn’t enough to clear Camilla Kemp on 8.57.
Anderson was then dropped to the repechage rounds in the third heat, as a third place point score wasn’t enough to move on to the final twelve.
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Port Stephens’ surfing star started well, posting 10.13 for her best collection of the tournament up to that point, but a 13-point score for the United States’ Caitlin Summers and an 11.07 heat for Peruvian champion Sofía Mulánovich was enough to cut Anderson’s run at Long Beach short.
Aussie teammate Wawn had an extremely strong campaign, falling just one heat short of the final and taking out the tenth repechange round ahead of Anderson.
Team Australia finishes
– Sally Fitzgibbons – Gold Medal
– Holly Wawn – Round 6 main draw
– Philippa Anderson – Repechage round 10