Day Two of the Phillip Island Pro pres by Bass Coast Shire WSL Qualifying Series (QS) 1000 event has been hit with a large swell and strong westerly winds that forced a location change to the protected corner of Penguin Parade.
One of the most visited tourist attractions in the world, the Penguin Parade is the largest colony of Penguins in the world and is also one of the few locations on Phillip Island that can handle a large swell.
The top seeds in the Women's division hit the water this afternoon with former World Junior Champion Isabella NicholsIsabella Nichols kicking off her Phillip Island Pro campaign with a win against local surfers Lannia Fostin and Daisey Corbett. Victorian Bella Wilson progressed through along with Nichols in second place.
"This is the first time I have surfed this break so it was challenging not knowing where to sit in the lineup. Its awesome to see so many up and coming girls from Phillip Island and Victoria" continued Nichols. "They were all ripping so I was a bit nervous heading into the heat, but I am glad to make it into the next round."
Other surfers in the Women's division progressing through to the Quarter Finals included India Robinson who scored the events highest single wave score, a 9.40 (out of a possible 10) and earned the Air Asia Wave of the Day.
Zoe Clarke, Bella Wilson, Sophia Fulton, Angela Ball and Lauren Poor also progressed.
On the Men's side of the draw, Sandon Whittaker was outstanding in his Round 3 heat besting Victorians Xavier Huxtable and Codie Jeffery. Chris Zaffis progressed through in second place alongside Whittaker.
"That was a super tough heat," said Whittaker. "It had a lot local guys in it and there was a lot of water moving around which made it tricky to find the good ones. The waves are so raw and powerful down here. Its nice to put on a thick wettie and surf in the elements."
Quarter Finals have also been set in the Men's with Dean Bowen, Kehu Butler, Thomas Cervi and Morgan Cibilic headlining the round.
The event is expected to stay at the Penguin Parade tomorrow with the large swell continuing and moderating winds. A call will be made for all divisions at 7:30am for a possible 8:00am start.