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Anderson progresses in WSL Challenger Series


Merewether’s Philippa Anderson remains in the hunt for glory at the US Open of Surfing Huntington Beach presented by Shiseido.

The local star finished second in her heat of the World Surf League (WSL) Challenger Series this morning (23 September).

Hawaiian Bettylou Sakura Johnson took the honours from Anderson, scoring 8.80 and 8.03 respectively.

Those results eliminated Aussie Sophie McCulloch (7.80) and Brazilian Summer Macedo (5.27) from the event.

Anderson’s top-two placing comes after Newcastle-based Sarah Baum also advanced to the next stage of the competition.

The South African-born boardrider dominated the two-to-three-foot swell, accounting for France’s Pauline Ado and Australia duo Holly Wawn and Ellie Brooks.

Baum registered 9.97, pipping her French rival by a mere .43 of a point.

Wawn and Brooks could only manage 8.73 and 7.63 respectively.

Unfortunately for the Newcastle contingent, Merewether youngster Jackson Baker bowed out of the tournament in his first outing.

US Open of Surfing Huntington Beach pres. by Shiseido Women’s Round 1 (H11-16) results:

  • Heat 11: Caitlin Simmers (USA) 12.50 DEF. Sara Wakita (JPN) 9.40, Eveline Hooft (NLD) 6.40, Lakey Peterson (USA) 5.87
  • Heat 12: India Robinson (AUS) 11.40 DEF. Zoe McDougall (HAW) 8.77, Hinako Kurokawa (JPN) 5.13, Leticia Canales Bilbao (ESP) 4.97
  • Heat 13: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 7.13 DEF. Amuro Tsuzuki (JPN) 6.63, Rachel Presti (DEU) 6.10, Brianna Cope (HAW) 2.24
  • Heat 14: Bettylou Sakura Johnson (HAW) 8.80 DEF. Philippa Anderson (AUS) 8.03, Sophie McCulloch (AUS) 7.80, Summer Macedo (BRA) 5.27
  • Heat 15: Shino Matsuda (JPN) 12.93 DEF. Brisa Hennessy (CRI) 8.60, Makena Burke (USA) 6.80, Freya Prumm (AUS) 5.84
  • Heat 16: Alyssa Spencer (USA) 9.17 DEF. Nadia Erostarbe (EUK) 8.83, Molly Picklum (AUS) 6.97, Ella McCaffray (USA) 6.33

US Open of Surfing Huntington Beach pres. by Shiseido Men’s Round 2 (H1-8) results:

  • Heat 1: Shun Murakami (JPN) 12.64 DEF. Vasco Ribeiro (PRT) 11.63, Jack Robinson (AUS) 11.50, Michel Bourez (FRA) 8.54
  • Heat 2: Mihimana Braye (PYF) 12.66 DEF. Imaikalani deVault (HAW) 10.40, Barron Mamiya (HAW) 10.07, Joshua Moniz (HAW) 9.97
  • Heat 3: Jake Marshall (USA) 14.50 DEF. Callum Robson (AUS) 12.77, Dylan Moffat (AUS) 11.66, Carlos Munoz (CRI) 8.67
  • Heat 4: Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 12.77 DEF. Hiroto Ohhara (JPN) 11.50, Sheldon Simkus (AUS) 11.10, Jordy Maree (ZAF) 9.76
  • Heat 5: Nolan Rapoza (USA) 12.74 DEF. Alex Ribeiro (BRA) 10.64, Alejo Muniz (BRA) 10.33, Thiago Camarao (BRA) 5.66
  • Heat 6: Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 13.63 DEF. Kolohe Andino (USA) 11.17, Adin Masencamp (ZAF) 10.07, Conner Coffin (USA) 9.30
  • Heat 7: Lucca Mesinas (PER) 13.26 DEF. Griffin Colapinto (USA) 12.70, Luke Gordon (USA) 11.14, Rio Waida (IDN) 10.90
  • Heat 8: Billy Stairmand (NZL) 12.40 DEF. Cam Richards (USA) 10.93, Ruben Vitoria (EUK) 9.43, Gaspard Larsonneur (FRA) 8.33

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