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Telstra Drug Aware Pro surfing Championships underway in Australia
(Margaret River /West Australia): DEFENDING Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Telstra Drug Aware Pro women’s champion Chelsea Hedges (AUS/Gold Coast) survived a very tight round three heat to advance through to the final 12 surfers.
Hedges was in third place in her heat with just a minute remaining but remained cool, caught a good wave in the final 30 seconds and posted the required 6 point wave score to jump to first and advance ahead of local surfer Claire Bevilacqua who advanced in 2nd while South Africa's Sarah Baum was the unlucky one to be eliminated.
”That was a close call,” said Hedges after the heat.
“We were all getting good waves and I knew I needed a good score to advance and fortunately I found the right wave in the end – I don’t want to leave it that close in future heats because the wave generally doesn’t come to you in the final seconds.”
While Hedges managed to survive a close heat, fellow Australian Jessi Miley-Dyer dominated by posting the event’s top scoring heat to date after she attained two excellent scores of an 8.97 and an 8.33 for a tally of 17.30 to comprehensively thrash her opponents.
“It worked out well for me but that’s not how I planned the heat,” said Miley-Dyer.
“I actually paddled out looking to surf the lefts off the break but I caught an early right peeling wave and was surprised just how good that wave was – after that I stuck with the rights and had a great heat.”