Surfest: Philippa Anderson into fourth round

Surfest: Philippa Anderson into fourth round DAY 3: Maud Le Car waxes up for heat 9. Picture: Darren Pateman
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Maud Le Car paddles out for Heat 9.17th February 2015 pic Darren Pateman

DAY 3: Warming up. Picture: Darren Pateman

DAY 3: Philippa Anderson. Picture: Darren Pateman

DAY 3: Philippa Anderson gets ready for heat 7. Picture: Darren Pateman

DAY 3: Jess Grimwood gets ready for heat 7. Picture: Darren Pateman

DAY 3: All the action from heat 6. Picture: Darren Pateman

DAY 3: Georgia Fish. Picture: Darren Pateman

DAY 3: Georgia Fish. Picture: Darren Pateman

DAY 3: Philippa Anderson on her way to win Heat 7. Picture: Darren Pateman

DAY 3: Philippa Anderson after winning Heat 7. Picture: Darren Pateman

DAY 3: Macy Callaghan on her way to winning heat 8. Picture: Darren Pateman

DAY 3: Macy Callaghan. Picture: Darren Pateman

DAY 3: Macy Callaghan. Picture: Darren Pateman

DAY 2 Dixon Park Beach: Joel Parkinson. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

DAY 2 Dixon Park Beach: Joel Parkinson. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

DAY 2 Dixon Park Beach: Joel Parkinson. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

DAY 2 Dixon Park Beach: American surfer Kanoa Igarashi. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

DAY 2 Dixon Park Beach: American surfer Kanoa Igarashi. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

DAY 2 Dixon Park Beach: American surfer Kanoa Igarashi. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

DAY 2 Dixon Park Beach: Jackson Baker. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

DAY 2 Dixon Park Beach: Jackson Baker. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

DAY 2 Dixon Park Beach: Jackson Baker. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

DAY 2 Dixon Park Beach: Jake Sylvester. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

DAY 2 Dixon Park Beach: Jake Sylvester. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

DAY 2 Dixon Park Beach: Brazilian surfer Michael Rodrigues. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

DAY 2 Dixon Park Beach: Brazilian surfer Michael Rodrigues. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

DAY 3: Laura Poncini. Picture: Darren Pateman

TweetFacebookMEREWETHER’S Philippa Anderson kept her cool to progress to the fourth round and French top seed Maud Le Car again dominated her rivals in the Surfest Women’s Classic on Wednesday.

Anderson recovered from last spot at the halfway point of her four-woman, round three heat to post scores of 8.00 and 7.57 to win with a total of 15.57.

Avoca 14-year-old Macy Callaghan earned 6.47 and 5.83 early to lead with 12.30, which was enough to defeat Laura Poncini (11.77) for the other place in round four from heat four.

Le Car racked up the highest total of round two with an 18.6 in the morning and was again the best in the afternoon with 18.70 in round three.

Le Car is the top seed after the late withdrawal of West Australian Bronte Macaulay.

Coolum’s Isabella Nichols was the other standout of round three, scoring 9.70 and 8.60 to win her heat with 18.30

Merewether’s Philippa Anderson stamped her class on the Surfest Women’s Classic with an opening-heat blitz at Dixon Park Beach on Wednesday.

The 2009 Surfest champion put together scores of 8.83 and 8.50 to easily win her round two heat with 17.33.

Central Coast’s Jess Grimwood, who won the Australian amateur title last year, survived a late scare from Portuguese Carol Henrique to take second place and progress 12.77 to 12.03.

Palm Beach’s Kiani Dobbyn was also close, scoring 11.76.

Anderson, 23, was pleased with the start in the one-star world qualification series contest.

‘‘It felt really good,’’ Anderson said.

‘‘Two eights, and it’s always really good to start off an event with scores like that.

‘‘It gives you confidence that the judges like your what you were doing out there.’’

Anderson capitalised on local knowledge and a morning of study at the site.

‘‘I was watching all morning and it was a choice of two breaks,’’ she said.

‘‘I surf here a lot and I chose the right break and it paid off, so that was lucky.’’

Frenchwoman and topseed Maud Le Car was the standout performer of the morning, scoring 9.43 and 9.17 for a 18.60 total. Palm Beach’s Ellie Brooks (12.63) also secured a round three berth from the heat.

Pro Junior champion Macy Callaghan, from Avoca, won her heat with a 12.50-point total.

Round three of the women’s contest will also be held to fill the rest of the Wednesday schedule.

Anderson is due to surf again at 3.20pm and will face Callaghan, Brazilian Karol Ribeiro and Sunshine Coast’s Laura Poncini.