Anderson riding crest of a wave

MEREWETHER’S Phillipa Anderson will enter the Women’s Classic at Surfest on a high after leading Australia to team gold at the China Cup for a second consecutive year.

Anderson won a drama-charged final of the women’s event on Sunday after Alessa Quizon was called for interference.

The Hawaiian was  leading  in the closing stages when she was ruled to have have dropped in on a competitor. The score on her second highest wave was halved, giving her a score out of 15.

The penalty moved Anderson into gold with a two-wave score of 15.26.

Quizon (12.56) was second followed by Australian Nikki Van Dijk (8.53) and Hawaiian Nage Melamed (6.40).

 “We didn’t really care about individuals, we just wanted to get the gold for Australia so this helps a lot,” Anderson said after the final.

Brazil’s Michael Rodrigues dominated the men’s event, recording the highest heat total for the event of 17.00 in the final in Hainan, China.

Australia’s Mitch Crews (14.64) was second from Frenchman Vincent Duvignac (12.43) and Aussie No.2 Connor O’Leary (9.10)

The Aussies were clear winners in the teams with 13,000 points, more than 1000 clear of Brazil (11,718). Hawaii were third (10,140), followed by France (9836).

Coach Martin Dunn said the Australians had adjusted well to the conditions.

“We brought a mixed bag of experienced WQS surfers and some young surfers who we think are going places in the sport,” Dunn said.

“We  came here and we  expected the waves to be similar to last year with the long left-hander and unfortunately that didn’t occur, but to be successful, you have to able to surf anything and its great that our surfers proved that.”

Anderson is seeded 15th for the six-star women’s classic at Surfest which has attracted world No.1 Stephanie Gilmore and No.2 and defending champion Sally Fitzgibbons.

The 21-year-old Merewether natural footer won her home event as a 17-year-old in 2009 when it was a two-star event.

The women’s classic starts on February 18.

Phillipa Anderson on her way to gold at the China Cup. She now turns her focus to Surfest.

Phillipa Anderson on her way to gold at the China Cup. She now turns her focus to Surfest.


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