Ball and Cedar Leigh-Jones win Volkswagen Cronulla Open.
BEACH, SYDNEY November 2020): Kalani Ball (Stanwell Park) and Cedar Leigh-Jones
(Avalon) have taken top honours at the Volkswagen Cronulla Open, the first
NSW stop on the 2020 Australian Open Surf series after an array of exciting
heats in playful two-foot conditions.
Kalani Ball (Stanwell Park) capitalised on his opening day momentum taking
out the Open Mens division. The lightning-fast natural footer shone
over the entirety of the event, eliminating top seed and fellow Scarborough
Boardriders member Nic Squires (Corrimal) in his opening heat and then
backed it up with massive scores in his following heats. Ball finished
the final with a gigantic 18.04 two-wave heat total to sneak ahead of
event standout Dylan Moffat (Narrabeen) in the dying moments of the heat.
is the first event Ive done this year so to get the win feels awesome,
said Ball. I think the win ahead of Nic yesterday helped give me
the confidence to keep getting through heats. That final came right down
to the wire but I knew I had to get those rare waves that would dish up
two steep sections. Im stoked I found them.
Leigh-Jones (Avalon) surfed a smart heat en route to her victory, striking
in the final minute of the heat with an 8.33 to get the jump on Sarah
Baum (Wallsend) who held down the lead for a giant portion of the final.
The 16-year-old natural-footer nailed an array of beautiful snaps and
carves to claim the win ahead of some fancied opposition.
Im so stoked to have won this, especially against some of
the girls in this final, said Leigh-Jones. I look up to all
the girls in the final so much, so to get a win against them feels incredible.
It was quite hard to find a good wave out there, but my whole game plan
was to just find the best wave I possibly could and hope it would link
right through to the inside shorebreak.
scores and results can be seen on liveheats.com
The next event on the 2020 Australian Open of Surfing series will take
place at Port Macquarie this coming weekend.
The Volkswagen Cronulla Open was the first of six NSW based Australian
Open of Surfing events.
The entirety of all surfing action were broadcast via the Surfing NSW
webpage and Facebook page.
The Volkswagen Cronulla Open saw a total $7000 prize purse, with $1500
going to the winner of the Mens and Womens divisions.
The 2020 Australian Open of Surfing events were created for Australias
best surfers in iconic Australian surf locations.
The events will take place in the latter months of 2020 and provide professional
and aspiring surfers with the opportunity to win prize money and gain
momentum going into 2021.
NSW leg of the 2020 Australian Open of Surfing will see events in:
Cronulla 8th 9th November, 2020
Port Macquarie 14th 15th November, 2020
Kiama 22nd 23rd November, 2020
Coffs Harbour 29th 30th November, 2020
Far South Coast 5th 6th December 2020
Northern Beaches 13th 14th December, 2020
All events adhered to strict COVID-19 policies and regulations outlined
by the NSW Government and council protocols.
The NSW leg of the 2020 Australian Open of Surfing series is proudly supported
Destination Kiama, Coffs Harbour City Council, Sutherland Shire Council,
Port Macquarie Hastings Council, Eurobodalla Shire Council and Northern
1 Kalani Ball (Stanwell Park)
2 Dylan Moffatt (Narrabeen)
3 Aidan Lewand-Parsons (Ulladulla)
4 Joel Vaughan (Bateau Bay)
1 Cedar Leigh-Jones (Avalon)
2 Sarah Baum (Wallsend)
3 Philippa Anderson (Merewether)
4 Tru Starling (Narrabeen)