Aussie Isabella Nichols has defied the odds to win her first-ever event on the World Surf League tour and scrape above the brutal cut-line at the Margaret River Pro.
It was a day to remember all-round for the Aussies, with WA local Jack Robinson stunning tour heavyweight John John Florence to become the first Aussie man to win the event since 1989.
Nichols came into Margaret River sitting in equal 12th spot on the rankings and needed to win the entire event in order to survive the mid-season cut, which had already claimed the likes of Sally Fitzgibbons, India Robinson and Molly Picklum.
In the semis, Nichols comfortably defeated fellow Aussie Bronte Macaulay, who also needed to win the event to stay on tour. Moving into the final against Gabriela Bryan, the stakes couldn’t have been higher.
Both women started slowly but it was Nichols who was able to master the offshore wind and record scores of 6.17 and 6.77.
It proved enough to not only win the event and remain on tour but for Nichols to soar into fourth place on the rankings, meaning she’s on track to qualify for the WSL Finals.
Robinson had already done enough to avoid relegation but his win in the men’s event will give him huge confidence as the tour progresses and the competition becomes fiercer.
The win at Margaret River was Robinson’s second on the tour, following on from his triumph in Mexico last year. He now sits third in the rankings.
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