IN FORM: FNC surfer Zahli Kelly made the final of the women's division at the Phillip Island Pro Qualifying Series event.
IN FORM: FNC surfer Zahli Kelly made the final of the women's division at the Phillip Island Pro Qualifying Series event. Liam Robertson

Kelly makes women's final at surf event

FAR North Coast surfer Zahli Kelly reached the women's final of the Phillip Island Pro at the Qualifying Series event in Victoria.

It was a big result for the 14-year-old who has also earned a wildcard entry into the Port Stephens Pro this week.

Zahli recently won two events on the WSL Australia/Oceania Junior Qualifying Series to become regional champion and locked herself a spot in

the World Junior Championships.

"I am so happy to just make the final,” Zahli said.

"The waves were super fun throughout the whole event and to finish in a right hand point break is awesome.

"This is my second time to Phillip Island. I love coming here. It is such a rugged area, it reminds me of New Zealand.”

Coolangatta surfer Piper Harrison proved too strong in the final in what was her first win on the QS.

Born in Victoria on the Mornington Peninsula, the 16-year-old relocated to the Gold Coast three years ago and believes honing her skills in the powerful Victoria waves helped.

Zahli recently moved to Cabarita and could surf at her new home break next year with the Tweed Coast Pro back for a second straight year on the QS.

It was announced yesterday as one of four QS events to be held in New South Wales between January and March.

Tweed MP Geoff Provest said the event would provide a significant boost to the local visitor economy.

It is estimated over 20 different countries will

be represented at the five-day event.

"The Tweed Coast Pro is part of the NSW Pro Surf Series, which this year contributed over $1.1 million to the state's visitor economy and attracted more than 800 overnight visitors across the four events,” Provest said.

"Hundreds of surfers and fans from around the world will not only enjoy our famous surf breaks, but the spectacular hospitality our region is famous for.

"I look forward to seeing Cabarita Beach packed with competitors and spectators in February.”



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