2012 was the busiest and most successful year of young Aussie surfer Philippa Anderson’s blossoming career. Having her first serious attempt at the gruelling World Qualifying Series tour, Anderson finished 12th in the rankings - outside of those who qualified for or who are already on the elite 18-woman World Championship Tour, Anderson was equal second. She finished the season with her best performance at a WQS event, losing to eventual winner Bianca Buitendag in the semi-finals of the six-star Azores Pro, and then took third place in the World Junior Championships in Bali. Back home, she won the Open Women’s event at the Dominelli Women’s Surf Classic at North Cronulla, and was crowned Open Women’s champion at the Australian Surf Festival. Philippa hails from Merewether Beach in Newcastle, New South Wales, a hotbed of surfing talent which has also produced ASP World Tour surfers like Mark Richards, Simon Law, Matt Hoy and Luke Egan. Able to attack waves with precision and power, she continued her rapid progress in 2013, winning gold in the Open Womens final at the ISA China Cup. She was also a member of the Australian team that walked away with the Team gold medal for the second consecutive year. Later in the year, she appeared on the World Championship Tour as a last-minute wildcard replacement for Peruvian Sofia Mulanovich at the Colgate Plax Girls Rio Pro. It was her second appearance in the sport’s elite division after her debut at the Snapper Rocks Pro in 2012.
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