Today the Aussie Open Of Surfing at Manly Beach presented by Hurley and Billabong saw the world’s finest female surf girls take to the water and put on an amazing show for the fans on the beach and online.
With decisive points and prize money on offer the rivalry was ferocious for the opening round of the women’s ASP 6-Star class.
Laura Enever, the Sydney Northern Beaches local demonstrated that a 6 month gap from competition has not slowed her down, staking a monumental 17.60 (out of a possible 20) in her first heat of 2012. Enever finished 10th in the world in her rookie year competing for the ASP Women’s World Title last year, and has been training hard in the off season to better that for 2012.
“These are the best waves I’ve ever had at Manly!” Enever said. “It’s been a long time since my last heat last year, so I started to prepare early this year because I remember how fast it all goes. I guess that preparation has paid off because I felt good, I had a clear mind and felt like I was surfing well, so I’m stoked to start the year off that way. It’s also great to have the hometown support with friends and family here on the beach.”
Lakey Peterson went from 4th place to 1st in the last 5 minutes of her first round at the ASP Women’s 6-Star Australian Open Of Surfing today, thanks to 2 amazing rides. This was Peterson’s 1st heat since her Runner Up finish at the US Open in August last year.
Sally Fitzgibbons, runner up to the 2011 ASP Women’s World Title was on fire for her 1st heat of 2012. Surfing with an wounded left wrist didn’t cramp her performance, as she scored the highest heat total of the day – 17.83 (out of a possible 20).
Coco Ho used her mighty and stylish approach to take an comfortable win in her first heat at the Australian Open Of Surfing today. Ho is charged to be back in Australian for the start of the 2012 ASP World Tour leg.
Bianca Buitendag caused the upset of the day eradicating Tyler Wright. Buitendag searched the line-up and grabbed the best waves of the heat and surfed fluent and sharp.
Bethany Hamilton was beat in a tight heat. Hamilton surfed hard, but was out of sync with the ocean and was unable to find the waves that offered the most scoring potential.