Record-breaking ride for Phillips
FINGAL livewire Jay Phillips secured his spot in Australian surfing record books with a perfect 30.00 in jaw-dropping Kirra conditions at the Jim Beam Surftag on Sunday.
With two perfect 10-point rides from two consecutive waves and each surfer's second wave doubled, the talented natural-footer blasted the highest score in Surftag history during a scintillating semi-final display.
However, his efforts were ultimately in vain, with Phillips' Snapper Rocks beaten to the Queensland's regional qualifying title by arch rivals Kirra, 88.07 to 78.54.
While the ravaging floods one hour north continue to prove devastating, the tropical cyclone spinning off the coast of Cairns sent a solid pulse of swell southwards.
Kirra's famous superbank dished out long tubes and open walls for more than 20 boardriding clubs travelling from Noosa through to Ballina to bask in the epic conditions.
Phillips was joined by a who's who of Australian surfing with Mick Fanning, Dean Morrison, Mark Occhilupo, Adam Melling and Shaun Gossman turning out for their clubs.
With six places on offer for the national final in two weeks, the shock exit of Le Ba Boardriders in the semi-final paved the way for Kirra, Snapper, Byron Bay and Cabarita to reach the final and take a shot at the coveted crown and incumbent bragging rights.