Sunshine Coast Daily - - SPORT - — Steele Tay­lor

SURF­ING: Mooloolaba’s Keely An­drew has proved she’s a gen­uine star of surf­ing, claim­ing a ca­reer-best re­sult on the world Cham­pi­onship Tour in Cal­i­for­nia.

The 23-year-old was run­ner-up at the Swatch Pro at Tres­tles, behind Brazil’s Sil­vana Lima.

It was a break­through per­for­mance for An­drew, who beat many of the globe’s best board rid­ers en-route to the de­cider.

“I was just happy to get into the semis but to make it back out there for one more heat and surf Low­ers with just one other per­son out was pretty special,” she said.

“Hav­ing it against Sil­vana was great. She’s one of my favourite surfers on tour. She’s just so tena­cious.”

An­drew is in her sec­ond sea­son on the 10-event world tour.

She earned rookie-of-the-year hon­ours last year af­ter a promis­ing cam­paign, but her lat­est re­sult is some­thing else.

She beat then-world num­ber one Tyler Wright in a non-elim­i­na­tion open­ing round and knocked out the likes of Sage Erick­son and world ti­tle con­tender Court­ney Con­logue in the lat­ter stages.

“I was just happy to as­sert my­self on the tour fi­nally,” An­drew said.

“I got two of the best waves of my life at Tres­tles. I’m feel­ing good with some good boards un­der my feet and I just want to keep mak­ing heats and be in that top-10 (over­all) by the end of the year.”

She’s 11th in the stand­ings – one place out­side the au­to­matic re-qual­i­fi­ca­tion – af­ter seven of 10 events.

But she’s also in­side the top-six on the Qual­i­fy­ing Se­ries, which means she could get back on to the world tour any­way.

Sally Fitzgib­bons is atop the stand­ings.

Sun­shine Coaster Ju­lian Wil­son has moved from fifth to third in the men’s world tour rank­ings af­ter a ninth plac­ing in Cal­i­for­nia.

It was the eighth of 11 events. The men’s leader is Jordy Smith.


BEST EVER RE­SULT: Keely An­drew got to the fi­nal of the Swatch Pro Tres­tles.

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