Great day for Oney at the Hurly Australian Open of Surfing
The ASP 6-Star Hurley Australian Open of Surfing charged through smaller surf today, completing half of Round 2 of the men's as well as the opening round of the women's event.
Indonesia's Oney Anwar equaled the event's highest single-wave score when he posted a an excellent 9.50 for a rapid-fire series of forehand blasts, making the most of the smaller conditions.
"I knew that surfing against the WCT guys like Adam Melling was going to be hard," Anwar said. "It was a good chance for me to give it my best and see how I go against those guys. The waves were tough, but still super fun, my board went amazing out there. Getting a 9 gave me so much confidence."
Julian Wilson, the event's No. 1 seed after finishing 6th on the elite ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) last season, started the day with an impressive win in the difficult conditions. Wilson scored an 8.50 (out of a possible 10) for two explosive backhand turns, advancing through to the next round.
"It's tricky out there this morning," Wilson said. "I wanted to go left, it's easier to go backside when it's small. That 8.50 was easily the best wave that came through during the heat, it was only two manoeuvres, but you have to make the most of the opportunities out there. I'm ready for a big year, my equipment feels good and I'm feeling healthy. I just want to keep the momentum that I had through the end of last year."
The Hurley Australian Open of Surfing is being webcast LIVE via www.AustralianOpenofSurfing.com
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