NewsVissla Great Lakes Pro pres by D'Blanc

Shane Holmes and Holly Wawn Raise the Bar at Boomerang

Big turns and big scores were the order of the day at the Vissla Great Lakes Pro pres by D'Blanc as competition mowed through its second day.

Holly Wawn winning Heat 9 of Round 1 at the 2018 VIssla Great Lakes Pro pres. by DBlanc. Holly Wawn was pretty chuffed with her performance on the second day of competition. WSL / Ethan Smith

As a previous event champion - taking out the Vissla Great Lakes Pro back in 2016 - Holly Wawn showed that she still possesses the skills to post impressive heat wins, taking out her opening heat. Wawn found a handful of little left handers, to notch up a respectable 13.25 two-wave heat total and move onto the second round.

"It's always a nice feeling to get the first heat out of the way," said Wawn. "There were a few fun little rights out there and while they didn't have an insane amount of power, they were still fun. I'm looking forward to the next round."

Holly Wawn winning Heat 9 of Round 1 at the 2018 VIssla Great Lakes Pro pres. by DBlanc. Holly Wawn won the Great Lakes Pro in 2016 and is in the hunt for another victory in 2018. WSL / Ethan Smith

Central Coast native and 2016 WSL Australasian Qualifying Series champion Shane Holmes made his intentions clear when he demolished his Round Two heat, posting a giant 18.35 two-wave heat total, the highest of the event so far. Holmes' score consisted of two excellent scoring waves (eight and above), including a near-perfect 9.60 for a combination of giant snaps and carves. Holmes will now meet Timothee Bisso, Kyuss King and Toy Tanaka in Round Three.

"That felt really good," said Holmes. "I spent a solid chunk of 2017 injured so it's a really nice to get back into the rhythm of surfing heats again. The right-handers out there were actually really fun, so hopefully, they continue over the next day or so."

Shane Holmes winning Heat 11 of Round 2 at the 2018 VIssla Great Lakes Pro pres. by DBlanc. Powerhouse Shane Holmes posted an 18.35 heat total in his Round Two heat. WSL / Ethan Smith

Having been in Australia since the World Junior Championship in January, South African Ford Van Jaarsveldt, has taken a liking to the punchy east coast beach breaks. Van Jaarsveldt made a solid impression in the second round when he performed an array of frontside snaps, carves and aerials to post a decent 14.25 two-wave heat total and take the heat out.

"I'm pretty stoked to get that win. I had a pretty tough loss when I was in the Carve Pro in Maroubra, so it felt good to turn it around," said Van Jaarsveldt. "I've just been loving my time in Australia and how nice the water is. I live in Cape Town and the water is usually freezing, so it feels good to compete in the warmth with fun waves."

Madisson Poole was eliminated in Heat 14 of Round 1 at the 2018 VIssla Great Lakes Pro pres. by DBlanc. Madisson Poole finding some shade from the harsh Aussie summer sun. WSL / Ethan Smith

Fresh off a runner-up finish at the recent Mothernest Tweed Coast Pro, Luke Hynd carried the same confidence into the second round at Boomerang today. Hynd synced his backhand attack with the playful right-handers on offer to post a series of solid scores, which allowed him to take out the heat with a 14.40 heat total.

"You're only as good as your last heat, so I knew I needed to get another heat win under my belt," said Hynd. "My gameplan was to just catch two sets and make sure they counted and thankfully it worked. My boards feel great at the moment so it's filled me with a bit of confidence. Hopefully I can keep the ball rolling."

winning Heat 2 of Round 1 at the 2018 VIssla Great Lakes Pro pres. by DBlanc. Luke Hynd winning Heat 2 of Round 1 at the 2018 VIssla Great Lakes Pro pres. by DBlanc. WSL / Ethan Smith
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