03 Sep Anderson surfs into semis in Spain
Newcastle’s Philippa Anderson is closing in on her maiden 2015 QS win after smashing her way into the semi-finals at the Pantin Classic in Spain overnight.
She is now guaranteed of a top three finish and will push her closer to her dream of qualifying for the World Championship Tour next year.
The QS6000 resumed in clean surf at the iconic “wave factory” of Pantin to decide the final four women remaining in contention for the event crown.
Spanish surfer Leticia Canales Bilbao took down CT surfer Alessa Quizon in a thrilling opening Quaterfinal.
Bilbao posted a two-wave total of 11.00 to edge out the Hawaiian’s 10.56.
The second Quaterfinal was a high-scoring affair with Hawaii’s Malia Maneul too good for young Australian Isabella Nichols – 17.74 to 13.33.
Anderon went head-to-head with France’s Pauline Ado in the third Quaterfinal.
Anderson’s grabbed some big scalps in her way into the final four, coming up against CT surfers and some of the most experienced QS surfers on tour.
Conditions were small and tricky but the 23-year-old Merewether natural footer won all her heats.
She took down Coco Ho in Round 4, then the well-travelled Alize Arnaud.
CT surfer Ado was having a similar run through the event and was awarded her fourth Eurpoean Surfer of the Year crown after her Round 5 victory over Coco Ho.
Anderson was very selective in her heat, riding only four waves in the 25 minute Quarter.
She opened her account with an excellent 8.50 and quickly backed it up with a 6.67 to control the match-up and ultimately take the win.
‘I’m stoked to get through.’ Said Anderson after her win.
‘I’m super lucky with those two (scores).
‘Malia dropped a nine in the heat before so I was just really happy to get high scores of my own.
The conditions are tricky for sure but my boards work really well in those conditions and I was quite confident paddling out.’
The final match-up of the day between the US’s Tia Blanco and Barbados’s Chelsea Tuach didn’t disappoint either, with numerous lead changes despite lower scores dropping on the incoming tide.
Tuach took the win a combined score of 10.40.