Clean Sweep For FCS II At OZ Open

by Chris D | Feb 17, 2015
The first event of the WSL Aussie leg kicked off last week with Manly Beach hosting the Hurley Australian Open of Surfing. In classic summer conditions FCS team riders dominated all divisions of the event to make it a clean sweep for the now undisputed world standard FCS II system.

In the men’s division World Tour sensation Kolohe Andino took the victory from the relatively unknown Tahitian Mateia Hiquily. Kolohe brought his amazing air game and a solid backhand attack to the peaky beach breaks of Manly, and was unmatched riding his FCS II Signature KA template and the new Acid Yellow FCS II plug.

In the women’s final a fitter and stronger Laura Enever upset title contender Tyler wright with an impressive carving rail approach. Having spent the off-season training hard and surfing some heavy reef breaks, Laura looked unstoppable from the opening rounds riding the FCS II Julian Wilson signature JW Medium template

USA’s Kanoa Igarashi not only won the Junior division of the event riding the FCS II AM Medium template, he was also a standout in the men’s divisions. Kanoa utilised his progressive air game on the punchy rights and vertical backhand snaps on the left handers to outclass a talented field that included last year’s winner Jacob Wilcox.

The future of women’s surfing in Australia is in good hands as Isabella Nichols looks to be following in the footsteps of champions like Stephanie Gilmore. Isabella came close to netting a perfect score in the final and showed power and finesse well above her years riding prototypes of Darren Handley’s new signature template which will be released to market in the near future.

The WSL World Tour now heads to Newcastle for another QS6000 event offering crucial qualification points, and from there the first Championship Tour event kicks off at Snapper Rocks.