Perfect 10-point ride for Nichol
WITH her first perfect 10-point ride, Koala Beach's Brittani Nichol secured one of her finest victories to date at Werri Beach last week - the NSW Open Women's Surfing Championship.
The 19-year-old sensation out-classed experienced campaigners Jess Hickson, Melissa Sherringham and Paige Houden, shredding the near-perfect, two-metre swell to claim her first NSW Open Surfmasters Title.
“I'm so stoked,” Brittani said.
“It was definitely one of the biggest of my career.
“I've been surfing for seven years, and after all this time I finally claimed a perfect 10.
“I just took off on a bomb - the biggest wave of the final - and surfed according to criteria, doing five or six turns and using all of the wave. This result gives me a heap of confidence going into the rest of 2009.”
It has been an extremely successful year for Brittani, who is currently fourth on the Pro Junior ratings.
She has enjoyed podium fin- ishes at both the Arnette Pro Junior in Newcastle and the Lizzie Surf Series on the Gold Coast, however her latest win may just open up a whole new window of opportunity for the talented youngster, who will set sail for the Australian titles in Port Mac- quarie at the end of August.
“I'm looking forward to the experience and surfing against such a quality field,” Brittani said.
“I've surfed at the junior Aussies twice and finished fifth both times, but a top-five finish in the open division would be great.”
However before the trip down the coast, Brittani will first travel to South Australia to contest the latest Pro Junior event beginning in the next couple of days, before heading straight over to America for three weeks, where she will try her hand at the WQS event on Huntington Beach.
Upon her return Brittani hopes to complete a six-month Film Editing and Animation course at Kingscliff TAFE.