Phillip Island gears up for a big weekend of Surfing

25 Feb 2014 0 Share

Article provided by Surfing Victoria

Phillip Island will see an influx of current and former surf stars this weekend with the TOLL Victorian Open Titles and the Be the Influence Victorian Masters Titles Presented by HIF run at Cape Woolamai over Saturday and Sunday.

The second round of the TOLL Victorian Open Series will see the top surfers in the state battle it out for a spot in the Rip Curl Pro Pre-Trials and for the crown of Victorian Champion.

Second place on the ratings is held down by Steve Noble who has spent countless hours surfing at Woolamai growing up just down the road at Cape Paterson.

Noble has made a strong come back to competition surfing after have a year off Victorian State Rounds placing in second at Gunnamatta last week.

He will be strongly challenged by local stand out Carl Wright who has managed to overcome a serious hip injury. Wright was an outstanding junior competitor earning the Duke Award at the Australian Junior Surfing Titles for most promising surfer in 2005, however his career was derailed through injury.

Wright is now on the come back trail and will be hoping for a solid result on home turf at Woolamai.

The Women’s division will see Georgia Fish (Flinders) look to wrap up the TOLL Open Series after a massive win at her home break of Gunnamatta. Fish has experience in open ocean beach breaks and is coming off a strong showing at the Australian Open of Surfing in Manly.

She will face off against top ranked juniors, Zoe Clarke (Jan Juc) and Courtney Dunlop (Phillip Island) as well as Matilda McLellan (Pt Leo), Kelly Laity (Sandy Point) and Tabby Vockler (Mt Eliza).

The Be the Influence Victorian Masters Titles will also be run and will pit old rivals against each other for bragging rights amongst old mates.

The event will feature Victorian surfing royalty such as Gary Burns (Mornington Peninsula), Grayme Galbraith (Jan Juc) and Dave Fincher (Phillip Island).

Divisions from Over 35 to Over 55 will be run over the weekend and Victorian Champions will be crowned in each division.

Official Swell Forecaster Coastalwatch PLUS is calling for plenty of swell throughout the weekend.

“At this stage expect solid three to five foot surf at Woolamai on Saturday, with light to moderate onshore SE winds prevailing throughout the day” said Chief Swell forecaster Ben Macartney.

Head to coastalwatch.com for updates on the swell forecast during the week.

The TOLL Victorian Open Titles is Presented by Be the Influence and HIF and Supported by TeamUp, Play it Safe by the Water, VicHealth and Coastalwatch PLUS.

The Be the Influence Victorian Masters Titles is Presented by HIF and supported by TeamUp, Play it Safe by the Water and VicHealth.

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