Nicholl stands up in big surf
TWEED surfer Brittani Nicholl has dominated in 3-5ft waves to progress to round two of the WSL Qualifying Series (QS) Komunity Project Great Lakes Pro at Boomerang Beach yesterday.
After a fourth-round appearance at last week's Tweed Coast Pro, Nicholl's comeback in February of last year due to a life-threatening battle with Crohn's Disease is gaining momentum, with the Cabarita local posting an 11.35 at Boomerang Beach, near Forster.
As her opponents looked indecisive in the big surf, Nicholl went hard, taking off on bigger waves and attacking heavy sections to blow rivals away and secure her place in round two.
Nicholl said despite her fitness being down due to consistently poor waves plaguing the Tweed region, she felt confident in attacking larger surf.
"To be honest I had so much fun out there," she said.
"I haven't been able to surf a lot lately and when I have, it has been small, so I was just stoked to get some powerful surf.
"I hope the waves stay like this as I feel really comfortable which I can use to my advantage."
Nicholl easily accounted for her rivals, with South Africa's Teal Hogg a distant second on 5.40 and Australian pair Crystal Vail (4.85) and Tru Starling (4.80) rounding out the heat.
Another surfer to embrace conditions was current Women's QS number one Macy Callaghan, who progressed to heat two with an 8.75 (out of 10) ride in Heat one.
Central Coaster Kirra-Belle Olsson pumped out the day's biggest single wave score, with a near perfect 9.35 (out of 10) ride.