Klein shines in tough conditions
KINGSCLIFF surfer Codie Klein has advanced to round two in the Telstra Drug Aware Pro held at Margaret River, Western Australia.
The surfer fought her way through difficult conditions today, defeating Western Australian Laura Macaulay.
Klein said the victory at Margaret River did not come easily.
"I've never been here before, and it's proved to be a really challenging wave," she said.
"I'm really happy with my win today, and hopefully the same goes for tomorrow."
However, Klein's skills will be put to the test as she must soon pit herself against Sage Ericson, from the USA, and French surfer Joanne Defay.
"She [Sage Ericson] came second in the event last year, so she could be tough ... I just have to be smart in how I surf for tomorrow ... I'm just really excited," Klein said.
The conditions are expected to improve as of tomorrow, giving Klein the best chance to exhibit her skills.
The event has attracted the best surfers on tour, including 11-time and current World Champion Kelly Slater, and 4-time World Champion Stephanie Gilmore.