Nikki Van Dijk is chaired through the crowd at Manly Beach after winning the Australian Open of Surfing. Photo: Ethan Smith/Surfing NSW.

Nikki Van Dijk is chaired through the crowd at Manly Beach after winning the Australian Open of Surfing. Photo: Ethan Smith/Surfing NSW.

PHILLIP Island’s Nikki Van Dijk has taken out the Australian Open of Surfing with a commanding performance at Manly Beach.
After a couple of days with gruelling conditions, mother nature turned it on for a thrilling finals day with clean three-foot waves on offer for competitors.
Van Dijk built momentum through each of her heats, even eliminating local favourite and defending champion Laura Enever in the semi-finals.
The current world No. 10 left her best performance for the final, posting two excellent scores – 9.66 and 8.33 – leaving runner-up Malia Manuel needing a combination score of 17.94 for the majority of the heat.
Van Dijk posted her scores on lefts and rights, going hell for leather on every turn she did.
“I’m so over the moon to win here at Manly,” Van Dijk said.
“The waves were really fun today. I felt like I was surfing a rip-bowl at home.
“Malia was surfing really well all event so I’m stoked to get the win.
“There are so many people down here, it’s such an amazing atmosphere on the beach. I’ve had the best week.”
Van Dijk’s attention will now turn to the opener of the World Surf League on the Gold Coast next week, where she is striving to win her first event on the World Tour.