Boardmasters Quicksilver open gets underway

THE Boardmasters Quiksilver Open launched in wind-affected three-to-four foot surf at Fistral beach with the opening two rounds of the men’s event and the opening round of the women’s Boardmasters Roxy Open getting underway.

Competitors made the best of the conditions on offer and put on a good show for the Newquay locals and tourists coming to enjoy the beach at Fistral.

Bude surfer Jobe Harriss, 21, opened his account with a solid heat to rack up a 14 points total and advance into the third round of competition. The long time WSL competitor had to put his surfing career on standby following the loss of his main sponsor this season and was extremely happy to put the competition jersey back on, on home turf.

Fresh off a victory at the Murasaki Shonan Open in Japan, Lliam Mortensen from Australia, 20, managed to keep his momentum going also made his way into round three of the competition. Currently sitting right outside the Top 100 on the Qualifying Series, the Australian is after a few more ranking points to access the prestigious QS10,000 events later this season.

Other notable results include the successful starts of British surfers Liam Turner, Angus Scotney, Gearoid McDaid, Alan Stokes, Luke Dillon, Jay Quinn, Harry Timson, Joss Ash, Reubyn Ash and Seth Morris. Capitalising on conditions on day one, the women then entered the arena to complete their opening round of competition in the Roxy Open. Argentina’s Lucia Cosoleto belted the day’s highest combined heat total for the women, with a solid 13.17 to advance into the top seeds’ round two.

Longboarder and current No.3 in the world Honolua Blomfield, 18, decided to enter the QS event as well and marched right through the opening round. The Hawaiian surfer jumped on the opportunity to visit a different part of the world she was yet to explore and will be a force to be reckoned with in both the short and longboard events.

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