Sunshine Coast’s best surfers toppled in California
SURFING: Sunshine Coasters Keely Andrew and Julian Wilson failed to fire on the opening day of their respective World Surf League events in California.
Andrew finished last in her round-one heat at the World Championship Tour event at Huntington Beach pier.
Her score of 11.10 was not good enough in a three-woman tussle won by Hawaii’s Malia Manuel (13.14), at the Vans US Open of Surfing.
As a result, she was pitched into a do-or-die round-two heat with Frenchwoman Johanne Defay, set to take place on Wednesday morning, conditions permitting.
Andrew is 15th in the tour standings after five of 10 events in her maiden campaign.
Wilson was a shock elimination in the men’s tier two competition there.
The world number nine exited in round two of the 10,000-point World Qualifying Series event, finishing last in a four-man round-two heat won by compatriot Ethan Ewing.
Ewing, 17, was a wildcard entry. “I’m feeling confident and just trying to stay calm,” Ewing said. “I’m just feeling really comfortable out there. Coming up against some of these guys I’m just excited to surf my heats.”
Sunshine Coast’s Dale Lovelock was knocked out in round one, when he finished third in a four-man heat won by Brazil’s Lucas Silveira but Mitch Coleborn got through his round-two heat.