09 Feb Young stars set to shine in Women’s Classic
Burton Automotive Women’s Classic
By TED BASSINGTHWAIGHTE
In the women’s event the Burton Automotive Women’s Classic the loss of a six star rating down to a one star WSL rating was very hard for the Surfest team to come to terms with.
Warren Smith has, and always will, do everything humanly possible to promote and encourage female surfer participation.
Because of the enormous generosity of Kim Burton the 2015 event has attracted a very strong field of young rising stars.
One of the top seeds will be Newcastle’s Philippa Anderson who started the year with a strong finish in the ISA World Titles and a disappointing result in the first WSL event in Hainan, China.
The top seed for the women’s event is the winner of the 2014 Hunter Business Boardriders Pro Jnr women Bronte Macaulay from Margaret River (Western Australia). Who can forget Bronte being chaired up Merewether beach by her father, former professional surfer Dave Macaulay after winning the 2014 Hunter Business Boardriders Pro Junior?
Although only a one star event entries into the contest were overflowing.
There is a real buzz this year about some entries especially teenage sensations Macy Callaghan from Avoca (NSW) and Jalessa Vincent and Alyssa Lock from the Queensland.
One of the most exciting international surfers to compete in this year’s women’s classic is 2015 WSL Tour rookie, the Hawaiian Mahina Honoka Maeda.
Mahina arrives in Newcastle having won the first WSL qualification event of the year, the Samsung Galaxy Hainan Pro in China.
Enhancing the international field of 29 surfers from the starting line-up of 64 is the Tour veteran Maud Le Car of France who missed out on qualifying for the 2015 WSL Women’s World Tour by a whisker. Also returning to Newcastle is a young women from Barbados, Chelsea Tuach who finished 3rd in China behind Maeda and the Kiwi Paige Hareb.