Girls Gunning for a Crack at the 2015 Roxy Pro
This weekend will see the first event of the 2015 HIF Masters & Women’s series. The two-event series will crown Queensland Masters State Champions across the O/35, O/40, O/45, O/50, O/55 and O/60 Men’s divisions as well as female competitors across the Open Women’s and O/35 divisions. The second event will be held on the Sunshine Coast in June, but with only two events counting for the series, whichever division a surfer is contending for a title, a good result this weekend is vital.
Queensland’s Open Women’s champion will receive a coveted spot in the trials of the 2016 ASP World Tour Roxy Pro event at Snapper Rocks. Competition will be fierce for this spot in the trials and there will be plenty of ladies having a go, trying to get a chance to have crack at the World’s best women surfers.
The Open Women’s Division will be really one to watch, with a dearth of talent here on the Gold Coast. Sure to be competing will be the Coffey family, with Holly Sue and Ellie Jean, but always in the mix and surfing well will be the Coolangatta surfing twins, Amiya and Brodie Doyle. The girls have represented at State and National level before, and have been surfing the Superbank since at least 10 years of age. There is plenty of competition from the up and comers in the junior ranks as well. Alyssa Lock has been in the trials a few times as the sponsors Wildcard and the main event as well, and had some great form as late. Ellie Brooks has form on the board as well as Burleigh Heads surfer Lucy Callister. There is definitely plenty of talent in the women’s ranks, and this is without including the contingent from the Sunshine Coast.
It looks to be a favourable forecast, event officials anticipate a high calibre of competitive surfing in epic conditions. Ugly weather conditions predicted for Thursday and Friday are predicted to clear leaving a large swell and light offshore winds for the event on Saturday and Sunday.
The HIF Masters & Women’s series offers the exclusive qualification pathway for competitors aiming for selection into the Queensland Surfing Team set to compete at the Australian Open Surfmasters Titles, to be held in Coffs Harbour later this year. The event is mobile from The Spit to Duranbah, depending on prevailing conditions.