Merewether’s Philippa Anderson has won her second World Surf League qualifying series event of the year, taking out the Caraïbos Lacanau Pro final in France on Sunday night in a tiebreaker.
Anderson, who won this year’s 1000-point Siargao International Women's Surfing Cup, beat American 14-year-old Kirra Pinkerton in the French decider with a final-wave, last-minute score of 8.33.
The effort brought the pair level on a two-wave total of 12.66 but Anderson took the 1500-point event with the 8.33, which was the highest single-wave score in the decider.
"I'm really happy with that win, earlier in the year I was in a similar situation where I needed a nine in the last 30 seconds and I got the score," Anderson said.
"It boosts your confidence when you know you can get the score under pressure like that.
“I've been working really hard this year and it's good to see it pay off like it has."
"It's been a long few years on the QS and it seems this year I'm finally finding my groove.
“Kirra is an amazing surfer and she should really be proud of herself, I know when I was her age I was definitely not making finals like that.”
Anderson defeated countrywoman Holly Wawn in the semi-finals 14.57 to 11.23 after pulling out a buzzer-beater in the quarter-finals.
Needing a 4.44 to beat Vahine Fierro, Anderson stood up just before the siren before earning a 6.4 with the ride.
The contest win lifted Anderson three spots in the QS rankings to eighth as she chases a top-six finish to earn her first ticket onto the championship tour.
Elsewhere, Wollongong’s Nic Squiers held out dual Australia masters champion Mitchell Dawkings to win the King of the Box event in Port Stephens on Sunday.
Squiers put together back-to-back scores of 8.43 and 8.33 (16.76 total) to edge out local Dawkings, who had 8.93 and 7.73 for 16.66. Kurtis Herman (10.2) and Rowan Watts (9.1) also made the men’s final. Avoca’s Kirra-Belle Olsson won the women’s contest on Saturday.