20 Jun locals shine on world stage
locals shine on world stage! Merewether surfers Ryan Callinan and Philippa Anderson are flying the Hunter flag in Mexico.
The local pair have both made it deep into the Men’s and Women’s 6-Star event in Los Cabos, part of the ASP QS series.
Callinan has progressed through to the non-elimination Round 4 after strong performances in his two previous heats.
A win in his next heat will see him go straight through to the quarter-final stage.
If he finishes second or third he will then face a sudden death Round 5 man-on-man heat.
Anderson had to wait a few days to finally get her feet in the wax, but it proved well worth it after she smashed her way through to Round 3.
Newcastle’s no.1 female surfer dominated her heat producing the event’s highest two-wave total (18.10) and the highest individual wave score of 9.43.
Understandably she was stoked after her win.
‘It feels really good, so happy to finally get through a heat,’ Anderson said.
‘The last few QS events I’ve been feeling great, with boards and my surfing but I just couldn’t put a heat together and not to mention the waves were pretty horrible in Manly and NZ, but today was good.
‘The waves were a bit slow and bumpy, but i managed to get a few, stay calm and with this new four women priority system it was great.
‘I didn’t do anything different, things went my wa and I was kinda stoked. It was a fun right hander.
Anderson scored the 9.43 with the final wave of the heat and was unaware of her score until she was on the beach.
‘My 9.43, I didn’t even actually know I scored that until the webcast interview.
‘It feels really good to just know that I can lock in a few solid scores. I don’t really remember the wave but I hit the lip a few times and just didn’t fall off.’ she laughs.
With that solid performance under her belt she will go into the next heat knowing she can get the job done.
‘My confidence is good, always after you make your first heat or a win is always good for you, so I’m feeling really good now.
‘First heat’s always pretty nervous, you travel all this way and want to do well,’ Anderson said.
‘We’re getting treated really well here and made to feel that we’re at home.
‘It’s really good to feel comfortable and it puts you in a good frame of mind.’
She will be up in heat 2 of Round 2 against Nage Melamed, Leticia Canales Bilboa and Silvan Lima.
Anderson, who was dropped by her sponsor Roxy at the start of the season, is attempting to qualify for the women’s world tour.
She currently sits no.30 in the ASP QS after a relatively slow start but will be buoyed by this performance.