Igarashi and Nichols win the 2015 Australian Open of Surfing Pro Junior titles

February 11, 2015 | Surfing
Kanoa Igarashi: Huntington Beach power | Photo: AOS/Rod Owen

Kanoa Igarashi and Isabella Nichols conquered the 2015 Australian Open of Surfing Pro Junior titles, at Manly Beach, New South Wales, Australia.

The 17 year-old from Huntington Beach stormed the final against Harry Bryant, with a balanced dose of patience and wave strategy. Igarashi locked in a combined heat total of 16.83 over Bryant's 13.90.

"Here at Manly this week there are some of the best juniors in the world, so of course I had to step my game up to another level," underlined Igarashi.

"Congratulations to Harry, he's been killing it every single heat. We've travelled and stayed together but until today we'd never surfed a heat together so that was a pretty special moment for us, to have a final together. It was cool."

With waves breaking in the three-foot range and deeply touched by the local winds, Isabella Nichols dominated her final against Macy Callaghan. The Sunshine Coast surfer notched up the two highest individual wave scores of the entire tournament for a total heat score of 19.47 points.

"It's great to win a WSL event even though it's a Pro Junior, to take a win at this level is special to me," added Nichols.

"I started off a bit slow, but a got a few in the end so I was stoked on that. It took away the nerves, so that was good! My main focus is the QS circuit this year."

2015 Australian Open of Surfing Pro Junior | Finals

Kanoa Igarashi (USA), 16.83 def. Harry Bryant (AUS), 13.90

Isabella Nichols (AUS), 19.47 def. Macy Callaghan (AUS), 12.83

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