The 2018 Vissla Sydney Surf Pro finalists, from left, Alejo Muniz (Brazil), Deivid Silva (Brazil), Malia Manuel (Hawaii) and Nikki Van Dijk. Photo: © WSL/Matt Dunbar.

THE Sydney Women’s Surf Pro Final saw Phillip Island’s Nikki Van Dijk come up against Malia Manuel (Hawaii) in what was a thrilling duel between the two elite Championship Tour competitors.
Along with valuable QS points and prize money there were serious bragging rights on the line as each surfer searched for a second QS6000 win at Manly.
In 2016, Van Dijk took the win over Manuel and in 2018, it was a repeat result with Van Dijk posting an excellent 8.00 point ride along with a 6.53 for a total of 14.53.
The Phillip Island native now heads into the first event of the 2018 Championship Tour, the Roxy Pro Gold Coast, full of confidence.
“This has been such a fun week,” Van Dijk said.
“Coming up against Malia was always going to be tough so I knew I’d have to rip every wave the best I could.”
“I won this event two years ago and Malia won last year so there was definitely some rivalry out in the water.
“I’m so keen for the CT to start next week at Snapper Rocks, but for now I’m going to just enjoy this win.”
In what was her third straight final appearance at Manly, Manuel looked on point posting a 14.10 two-wave total to give herself a chance at going back-to-back at Sydney’s biggest professional surfing event.
Unfortunately for the Hawaiian natural-footer she was left chasing a 7.44 to take the lead but forced to finish runner-up to Van Dijk once again.