NewsVissla Central Coast Pro pres by Slimes

Ladies Take Centre Stage at Vissla Central Coast Pro pres By Slimes

The second day of the Vissla Central Coast Pro pres by Slimes Boardstore saw the seeded rounds of the women's division hit the water as they attempted to book themselves a spot into round three.

Sophia Fulton winning Heat 5 of Round 2 Vissla Central Coast Pro pres. by Slimes Sophia Fulton WSL / Ethan Smith

Sarah Baum continued to build on her incredible round one performance, throwing down one of the biggest snaps seen all event. Baum nailed one giant fins free snap on a left-hander rip-bowl to post herself an excellent 8.00 wave score and take out her heat convincingly.

"It feels good to get a second heat win on the trot," said Baum. "I was going to surf on the bank straight out the front of the event structure, but I noticed it backed right off just before my heat, so I changed my approach and surfed to the north slightly. It worked in my favour as there was no one there with me and I could get a few waves to myself. Being a goofy-footer I'm always going to prefer the lefthanders."

Sarah Baum Sarah Baum WSL

Local threat Kirra-Belle Olsson showed her local nous as she went to town on a punchy left bowl. The strong goofy-footer executed a chain of mammoth snaps to lock in an 8.00 wave score and take out her heat ahead of fellow event standout Tarnea O'Meara.

"That little left rip-bowl has been really fun on the right tide, so I knew I wanted to try and post a decent score or two out there," said Olsson. "It's always great having an event in my own backyard as you're super comfortable with the break and you don't need to break the routine. It would definitely be a goal to post a good result here."

Kirra-Belle Olsson Kirra-Belle Olsson WSL

Hailing all the way from Western Australia, Mia McCarthy made her cross-country voyage worthwhile, taking out the final heat of the day. McCarthy put on a decent display of power, style and grace as she posted a respectable 11.20 heat total. McCarthy will meet Japanese duo Amuro Tsuzuki and Natsuki Suda as well as Olsson when the women's division recommences.

"There are some really fun waves here and everyone is surfing so well, so I'm stoked to get through," said McCarthy. "It's a good feeling to make it into round three and keep the momentum going. I just want to keep having fun and getting as many good waves as I can."

Mia McCarthy Mia McCarthy WSL
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