Ethan Ewing (North Stradbroke Island, QLD) and Macy Callaghan (Avoca, NSW) have continued their success in 2016 taking out the fourth stop on the Subway Surf Series on South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula. Todays competition was held at Middleton Beach in challenging two-to-three foot Peaks with a moderate on-shore breeze.
Ewing had had looked in control all day, even when he was behind, a situation he found himself in during the final against Tane Bowden (NZL), Quinn Bruce (Coolangatta, QLD and Kyuss King (Byron Bay, NSW). Holding a 7.75 (out of a possible 10) and a couple of throw away scores, Ewing showed total composure in the final minutes taking a left-hander which he unleased two huge back-hand hits on to drop a near perfect 9.75 and move into the lead and win the event.
“I had a few close heats this contest so I was never totally relaxed,” Ewing said. “I didn’t really want to let that happen in the final but it sort of did, luckily I snagged that left at the end. It was super hard work out there all day. The waves are tough out there so I feel confident heading into the next events, hopefully I can keep this role going.”
At the same time as Ewing posted his 9.75, Kiwi ripper Tane Bowden was on a right-hander down the beach going to town on it. Bowden posted an excellent 9.15, which wasn’t enough for the lead but enough to secure second position.
“I only just made it through the semis so I felt lucky to be in the final,” Bowden said. “The conditions were tough out there today but it was still pretty fun. I’m used to the cold water so I enjoyed competing ion these conditions.”
Callaghan came up against Allyse Cooper (Coolangatta, QLD), Sofia Fulton (VIC) and Kiara Meredith. Callaghan came pouncing out of the gates posting a 9.00 ride of the bat with two huge vertical re-entries. She then backed it up with an 8.85 for a heat total of 17.85, the highest of the entire Women’s event.
This left the other three finalists needing a combination of two scores each to take the lead, a feat none were able to achieve, leaving Callaghan to take the win.
“I’ve had a few average results recently so I’m so stoked to take the win,” Callaghan said. “The waves were really tricky today, I’ve never surfed here and it was really windy and tricky so I’m glad I found a few good ones.”
Callaghan now takes the leas of the Subway Summer Series from Lucy Callister who was eliminated in the Quarterfinals.
“Lucy is a good friend of mine so when she was knocked I felt bad for her, but obviously it’s great for me. As long as I can stay in the top two and get into the World Junior Championships that would be sick.”
Sophia Fulton used her experience surfing on the South Coast of South Australia to move from fourth into second place with an excellent 8.00-point ride in the last minutes of the final, to finish runner up to Callaghan.
“I was really happy when I got that score at the end,” Fulton said. “I haven’t surfed here for ages but it was cool to come back. Macy is such an amazing surfer and a smart competitor so she really deserves the win.”
The fifth and penultimate stop of the Subway Surf Series will take place on the April 9-10 at Kiama on the New South Wales South Coast.