Anderson praises supporters

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Merewether’sPhilippa Anderson has praised Surfest for their ongoing support of women’s surfing.

TOP RATING: Aussie surfers Sally Fitzgibbons, Stephanie Gilmore, and Philippa Anderson ahead of Surfest this year. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Anderson has been trying to qualify for the women’s World Surf League for several years and concedes her hopes this year are over after being unable to continue a strong start to 2016.

But the 24-year-old welcomed the announcement last week that Surfest would again turn to crowd-funding to ensure the women’s event in Newcastle in Februaryretained itsprime 6000-point rating.

Surfest’swomen’s contest lacked a major sponsor last yearand was reducedto a 1000-point competition in the World Surf League qualifying series.

But this year, organisers used crowd-funding to restoreits top rating byofferingshares worth $1500 each to local businesses.

Next yearthey plan to include a $10,000 marketing budget for the eventual naming rights sponsor.

“This year was the first of it’s kind, of crowd-funding an event,” Anderson said.

“I wasn’t really sure how it would go because events don’t really happen like that, but it was a huge success.

“Sometimes the womenget swept under the carpet a bit and the focus is more on the big-name guys coming to town but Surfest want as much the girls to come, which is really cool.

“Last year just showed that people that come together, even just having a small input, canmake something like Surfest happen for the female event;it’s really awesome.”

The top rating also ensured the world’s best female surfers came to Surfest.

“Last year we got Steph [Gilmore] and Sally [Fitzgibbons], who right now are the best in Australia, come and surf, so it’s good to see the community come together to get the best in the world on our beaches,”Anderson said.

“There are not many cities that can say that can happen.”

Anderson, who won Surfest in 2009, is ranked 19thin the qualifying series with one 6000-point event remaining.

“Unfortunately, even if I end up winning that one I’m not going to qualify,” she said.“I started off really well but my year’s kind of fallen apart a bit towards the end.

“But I gave it 110 per cent and did everything that I could do mentally to try to get there but this year is probably not meant to be, but I think I’ll give it another shot next year.”

Surfest next yearwill be staged from February 10-26 and will form part of the opening leg of the men’s and women’s World Surf League qualifying series.

“That’s why it is just so important that the Surfestteam is trying to get the crowd-funding going again because a good result at Surfestand at the Australian Open can really kick the yearoff well and set things up for the rest of the year,” she said.

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