11 May Anderson & callianan on fire
Novocastrian’s Philippa Anderson and Ryan Callinan have reaffirmed their status as the Hunter’s best surfers after both posted solid results overseas in the past month. Anderson took out the Siargao Pro in the Philippines last week while overnight Callinan finished 9th in the QS10000 at the Quiksilver Pro in Brazil.
Philippa Anderson has taken out the Siargoa Pro at The Philippines Clould9 today, notching up her first win for the year.
Conditions had been near perfect for during the women’s competition but a drop in size after the mornings semi-finals meant that the decider was going to be a battle of wits and skill.
It was Anderson’s first win at the event in three attempts.
She had previously finished second and third at her two previous campaigns.
‘I’m so stoked to get the win.’ She said
‘The waves dropped heaps and it was inconsistent which was not great as my semi this morning was so much fun, but I’m super happy to come out on top.’
‘All the ladies this week were ripping.
‘The local girls were charging in the bigger days and it was amazing to see so many more locals enter this year than previous years.
‘I’m very happy with my heat, the barrels had dropped off to I had to look for waves that allowed more than a few manovours and it paid off.
Newcastle’s Ryan Callinan has continued his strong start to the 2015 Qualifying series with a solid performance in the Quiksilver Pro at Saquarema, Brazil.
A world-class field contested the QS10,000 at Itauna Beach including CT surfers Matt Wilkinson, Keanu Asing, Jadson Andre, Brett Simpson, Freddie Patacchia, Matt Banting and Jeremy Flores.
Callinan run was halted in a thrilling man-on-man round 4 heat by former CT surfer Tom Whitaker.
Whitaker taking the win by .5, with a two wave total of 14.00 to Callinan’s 13.50.
Whitaker posting a 9pt ride on his third and final wave of the heat to steal the win.
Brazilian Alex Riberio was the eventual winner, getting the better of Flores in a close final.
The 9th place finish moved Callinan up six spots to 7th on the QS rankings after his semi-final finish at the Australian Open and another strong showing at the Lowers Pro in California earlier this month.
A clearly disappointed Callinan posted ‘I hate losing’ on Instagram after his round four exit, but the Novocastrian is finally getting his chance to have crack at the QS injury free for the first time in years.
The goofy-footer has been plagued by injuries in recent seasons and if he can stay in the water it’s only a matter of time before he takes a QS win!
Pics courtesy of WSL