Little know Australian surfer Keely Andrew has pulled off a shock defeat to cruise through to the quarter finals of the US Open of Surfing in California.
The WSL Rookie eliminated three-time World Champion Carrissa Moore in Round 4 on Friday morning.
Moore opened up with a six-point ride to put the pressure on the rookie and backed it up with a solid 6.27 thanks to a combination of powerful back-hand snaps.
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Andrew stuck with the rights throughout the head and locked in a strong 6.50, but needed a 5.77 to combat the veteran.
Andrew found another opportunity on a right, where she landed a 6.13 for the lead over Moore who was not able to close the 0.36 point-gap to advance and will leave the contest in 9th place, her worst result of the season.
“Just having the opportunity to surf against Carissa [Moore] is insane because she has always been one of my influences growing up,” said Andrew.
“It is small and it’s kind of weak out there so similar to back home on the Sunshine Coast. I knew if I stuck to those rights, I would make it through. I watched the water for a bit before my heat and we noticed that there were a couple of rights and if you were patient they would come through. My game plan was to stay patient and be on the best waves, and it worked out.”
Andrew will now take on compatriot and world title contender Tyler Wright for a sport in the semi-finals.
Fellow Aussies Laura Enever and Sally Fitzgibbons weren’t so lucky, losing to Tatiana Weston-Webb and Sage Erickson respectively, to be knocked out of the competition.
Upcoming Vans US Open of Surfing Women’s Quarterfinal Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Lakey Peterson (USA) vs. Sage Erickson (USA)
Heat 2: Courtney Conlogue (USA) vs. Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW)
Heat 3: Tyler Wright (AUS) vs. Keely Andrew (AUS)
Heat 4: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) vs. Malia Manuel (HAW)