13 Apr anderson takes out nsw open title
By GRANT SPROULE
Newcastle’s Philippa Anderson is riding high after taking out the NSW State Open titles held on the Central Coast.
Organisers were forced to move the event from Soldiers Beach to North Shelly Beach due to the massive swell.
Anderson won the tight final with a combined wave score of 9.94, edging out Skye Burgess (9.90), Jess Grimwood (8.56) and Codie Klein (7.40).
It was Anderson’s first competition win since she claimed the 2013 JPA title at Newcastle Beach early last year.
Understandably, she was pretty stoked.
‘I’ve made a few finals in the Open Women’s State but never come away with the win.
‘I have had a pretty avarage start to the year and its been hard to keep up the positive vibes,’ Anderson said.
‘I was sick this week with a gastro bug so to only surf today, in challenging big conditions, against some top NSW girls and to win, it’s actually means a lot.
‘It’s a huge confidence boost and some prizemoney which will help me buy my next ticket to a qualifying event.’
Anderson was cut by Roxy at the end of last season, despite a top 17 finish in the rankings.
It was a bitter blow and something that seems to be getting more commonplace in today’s surfing with sponsors cutting the number of surfers in their stables and pouring the money saved into keeping their big name tickets.
Anderson has managed to find some small sponsorship dollars through local companies but is still searching for more support to help her compete on the Qualifying Tour this year.
The battle to get sponsorship is a tough one, but not one that she is ready to walk away from.
‘It’s hard finding sponsors, the search is not going all that great.
‘I’ve had some local companies give me some one-off cash donations which is so amazing, but it doesn’t quiet cover the cost for this year.’ she said yesterday after her win.
‘I’ve applied for a job so fingers crossed.’
‘It’s always good to get a win and get the reassurance that you can surf and deserve to be at that CT level.’
For now, Anderson will stay at home and prepare for the third WQS which is held in New Zealand in two weeks time.
The Open Men’s division of the NSW State titles was won by Cronulla’s Jared Hickie.
The goofy footer claimed the come-from-behind win in the dying seconds of the final, grabbing the title from the grasp of Newcastle’s Jesse Adam.
The in-form Adam was out in front for the majority of the final, only to have Hickie get the score he needed to get the win on his final wave of the heat.
‘The waves were tricky, but if you could find one with a little bit of wall then you could definitely get a decent score.’ Hickle said.
“I’m so stoked to have claimed this title. It was my goal to make it to the finals and get into the Australian Titles, so to take it out is a dream come true.
‘I can’t wait to surf in the event in August.’
All finalists and semi-finalists received an invite to attend the Australian Surf Festival in Coffs Harbour in August.
1 – Jared Hickle (Cronulla) – 12.34
2 – Jesse Adam (Merewether) – 11.23
3 – Hayden Blair (Mollymook) – 6.70
4 – Nic Squires (Corrimal) – 2.97
1 – Philippa Anderson (Merewether) – 9.94
2 – Skye Burgess (Lake Heights) – 9.90
3 – Jess Grimwood (Bateau Bay) – 8.56
4 – Codie Klein (Kingscliff) -7.40