ANDREW REVELS IN SURF OF TRESTLES
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.