Coast’s surf talent on display in Mexico

Wade Carmichael (Photo by Tony Heff/World Surf League)


The Central Coast’s surfing talent has been on display at Barra De La Cruz in Mexico for the World Surf League’s (WSL) Corona Open Mexico, from Tuesday to Friday, August 10 to 13.

Macy Callaghan (Photo by Tony Heff/World Surf League)

In the Men’s competition, Avoca Beach’s Adrian Buchan and Wade Carmichael each advanced to the Round of 32 before being eliminated, whilst Avoca’s Macy Callaghan reached the Round of 16 in the Women’s event.

After a week of three-to-seven-foot waves for this seventh stop on the WSL’s 2021 Championship Tour (CT), Australians Stephanie Gilmore and Jack Robinson emerged victorious, but not before  Sally Fitzgibbons, Stephanie Gilmore and Morgan Cibilic were announced as entrants into the upcoming inaugural WSL Final Five.

For both Buchan and Carmichael, the competition concluded on Wednesday after their respective losses to America’s Conner Coffin and Brazil’s recent Olympic Gold winner, Italo Ferreira.

In fact, Carmichael came exceptionally close to overcoming the Olympian, in the end losing by 14.00 to 13.30.

On his third wave, Carmichael earned the contest’s highest score of 7.33, a quality that Ferreira then equalised on his second last attempt to secure passage to the next round.

Adrian Buchan (Photo by Tony Heff/World Surf League)

For Callaghan, the competition ended the next day in the Round of 16 after losing to Fitzgibbons by 13.00 to 10.43.

Fitzgibbons then moved on to defeat America’s Courtney Conlogue in the Quarter finals and thus earn her spot in the WSL Final Five, a result that provides a small silver lining to Callaghan’s elimination.

With the cancellation of the CT’s final pit stop in Tahiti, the tour has come to an end ahead of this Final Five showdown scheduled for September at Lower Trestles in California, USA.

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