Tully Wylie and India Robinson Win Australia's First Ever Wave Pool Comp

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Tully Wylie Photo: Surfing Victoria

Tully Wylie Photo: Surfing Victoria

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The All Vicco Comp at URBNSURF Melbourne Went Off

Surfing Victoria and URBNSURF made history last night with the first ever wave pool event run in Australia – the 2020 Melbourne Pool Party presented by URBNSURF.

Bringing together over 60 of Victoria’s best surfers, the event was held at the newly opened UBRNSURF Wave Park and showcased the depth of Victorian surfing with divisions in Shortboard, Longboard and Bodyboard.

Due to the emerging issues around COVID-19, the event was unfortunately held with no spectators.

Exhibiting an innovative format that mimics a snowboard style leaderboard, surfers were given multiple rides on each side of the pool in a test of overall surfing ability.

Coming down to the final two waves of the men’s final, the Surf Coast’s Tully Wylie and Xavier Huxtable were in a duel to become the first ever wave pool event champions.

Needing a 5.40 on his final wave, the pressure was on Wylie to get the score and leapfrog Huxtable into the lead. With a big turn followed by a short barrel and finishing maneuver, Wylie was able to claim a 6.17 and the lead.

Huxtable had one more wave to better his previous ride (an 8.97) however fell short.

“That was so nerve-wracking” said a jubilant Wylie. “That’s what is so good about this format though. It puts pressure on you to perform and its super exciting to watch as a spectator.”

“I’m just stoked to get a win and have a day of surfing perfect waves at URBNSURF.”

Other finalists in the Mens division included Harry Mann (Torquay), Joe van Dijk (Phillip Island), Codie Jeffery (Phillip Island) and Todd Rosewall (Jan Juc).

Inda Robinson. Photo: Surfing Victoria

Inda Robinson. Photo: Surfing Victoria

Fellow Surf Coaster India Robinson was the stand out performer in the Women’s division. After returning the night before from competing on the QS, Robinson was in electric form and showed why she is one to watch in 2020.

Making her return from retirement, Georgia Fish (Flinders) showed that she can still match it with the best, finishing in second place behind Robinson.

However, it was Robinson in the end that threw down some of the biggest turns of the event on the right hander.

“This was such a sick event. It was amazing to be a part of” said Robinson.

“The waves are so fun at URBNSURF, everything from turns to tubes. Im looking forward to competing here again!”

Sage Goldsbury (Phillip Island), finished in third place with Ellie Harrison (Barwon Heads) in fourth. Mia Huppatz (Jan Juc) and Bella Wilson (Jan Juc) rounding out the final in fifth and sixth place.

The other divisions saw Australian Champion Longboarder, Ben Considine (Barwon Heads) take top honors. His combination of stylish surfing and footwork put him ahead of the powerful Will Cousins (Torquay).

Angela King (Torquay) was impressive in the Open Women's Longboard, mixing traditional and performance longboarding with ease to come out on top. Eglantine Balland (Carrum) finished in second place behind King.

Guy Drerup (Mornington Peninsula) was in top form in the Men’s Bodyboard taking out the division with some deep tubes. He was closely followed by former Australian Champion Justin Kirkpatrick (Jan Juc).

The Women’s Bodyboard saw Melissa Fitzwilliam (Mornington Peninsula) take the win ahead of Sally Wells.

Laurie Hamshere and Isla Huppatz took home biggest manoeuvres in the Expression Session and saw them claim a voucher for an hour session at URBNSURF.

Harry Mann. Photo: Surfing Victoria

Harry Mann. Photo: Surfing Victoria

Ellie Harrison. Photo: Surfing Victoria

Ellie Harrison. Photo: Surfing Victoria

Xavier Huxtable. Photo: Photo: Surfing Victoria

Xavier Huxtable. Photo: Photo: Surfing Victoria

India Robinson.Photo: Surfing Victoria

India Robinson.Photo: Surfing Victoria

Sage Goldsberry. Photo: Surfing Victoria

Sage Goldsberry. Photo: Surfing Victoria

Todd Rosewall. Photo: Surfing Victoria

Todd Rosewall. Photo: Surfing Victoria

Mia Huppatz. Photo: Surfing Victoria

Mia Huppatz. Photo: Surfing Victoria


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