Australia’s best amateur surfers took to the water at Light House Beach in Port Macqaurie to open the second week of the Australian Surf Festival supported by Essential Energy.
One of Victoria’s most prominent and powerful female surfers, Georgia Fish (Flinders, VIC), lead the charge in the open womens. Looking to add an Australian Title to her very successful junior career, the 19-year-old was off to a flying start in her opening round of the Australian Surfmasters.
“The past few times the Aussie Titles have been on I haven’t been able to make it so it’s really good to be here. It’s my first time in Port Macquarie, the waves were small this morning, but in my heat I was lucky, they seemed to pick up a little,” said Fish.
Fish’s final 8.35 wave, (out of a possible 10), pushed her in front of her competitors to move straight through to round 2 with Naomi McCarthy (Palm Beach, QLD).
“I was stressing a little bit because I only got a got a couple of average 5s so I needed to get the ball rolling,” said Fish. “So I swung around and sat further on the inside and it popped up and ended up running off.”
Avoiding the requalifying rounds and going straight to round two with Fish, is defending champion Brittani Nicholl (NSW), Philippa Anderson (NSW), Mikaela Greene ( WA) and Brodie Doyle (QLD).
The Australian Surf Festival event website is LIVE at www.australiansurffestival.com and during the event will feature live scores, heat by heat results, photo gallery and event news.