Published on January 31st, 2012 | by Jack Perry0
Wright and Laity get off to a flying start at Gunnamatta in the Victorian Open Titles
(Gunnamatta, VIC – Sunday January 29, 2012): Carl Wright (Phillip Island) and Kelly Laity (Sandy Point) have taken out the first round of the Toll/IPEC Victorian Open Series in amazing surf at Gunnamatta.
With a pulsing 4ft swell and light offshore winds, the competition was hot from the beginning.
Standout surfers in the men’s were Jack Perry (Jan Juc), Lincoln Eather (Jan Juc), Steve Noble (Cape Patterson) and Adam Morris (Mornington Peninsula).
Morris took out the VB Wave of the day for an amazing left hand barrel, which saw him, net a 9.77 (out of a possible 10), the highest wave of the day.
The final saw Wright get off to a flying start with a 6.33 however was only able to find a 5.00 back up ride.
In the shifting conditions, Perry placed second and was unable to find the scoring rides needed to over take Wright, scoring a heat total of 7.50 (out of a possible 20). Cahill Bell-Warren (Bells Beach) placed in third with Morris in fourth.
Wright was happy with the win considering the tricky conditions.
“It was pretty hard to find the right waves all day. I didn’t get much at all in the first two heats; I was really lucky to get through. I got a bit of luck (in the final) and got a couple of waves that allowed a few moves.”
In the Women’s, it was Kelly Laity (Sandy Point) who found the waves needed to get the win.
In a wave-starved final, Laity was able to find two average scoring rides to score a total heat score of 11.93.
Jan Juc’s Zoe Clarke was hot on the heels of Laity all heat scoring a 7.50 (out of a possible 10) on her final wave, however it was not enough to put Clarke in front. Clarke finished on a total heat score of 11.17.
Matilda McLellan (Pt Leo) finished in third with Tabby Vockler (Mornington Peninsula) and Lucy Ruffy (Melbourne) in fourth and fifth respectively.
The next round of the Toll/IPEC Victorian Open Series will be held at Phillip Island on the 18th and 19th of Febuary. For more information please contact Surfing Victoria (52612907).
The Toll/IPEC Victorian Open Series is presented by VB and Supported by Play it Safe by the Water and Surfing Victoria