Former event champion Jacob Willcox (Margaret River, WA) and Sunshine Coast surfer Sophie McCulloch have been crowned champions at the Phillip Island Pro presented by Bass Coast Shire in playful clean surf at Cape Woolamai.
The event’s inaugural champion in 2017, Willcox returned to Phillip Island and looked unstoppable throughout the early rounds in the raw southern ocean waves.
On finals day he continued that form despite a rapidly decreasing swell locking in a 6.75 and a 4.75 in the final against Joel Vaughan (Central Coast, NSW) to finish with a heat total of 11.50 points (out of a possible 20).
Vaughan was building throughout the event and in the semi finals put on an incredible display of aerial surfing. However, he was unable to find the waves in the final finishing behind Willcox on a heat total of 11.00 points.
“Phillip Island reminds me a lot of home with the raw coastline energy and all the wind here” said event champion Willcox. “I feel very comfortable here and it’s a good way to get the year started. This was the perfect way to begin the year and get ready for some of the larger events in a few months and hopefully qualify for the Championship Tour by the end of year. I’ve been working with a Victorian coach “Moose” who works with a lot of tennis and golfers and it’s been great to hang out with him and enjoy the week.”