TOP honours at the opening round of the Victorian Open Series has been claimed by Jan Juc pair Todd Rosewall and Bella Wilson.
After shifting competition to Sunday, competitors were greeted with clean 2-3ft waves at Gunnamatta before conditions deteriorated throughout the day.
A former Australian Junior Champion, Rosewall looked at home in the shifty left handers moving through the draw to the final utilising powerful carves and turns.
In the final, Rosewell took a commanding lead on his first two waves, locking in a heat total of 13.10 points. From the opening two waves, he never lost the lead on the way to taking first place.
In second was local surfer Caiden Fowler (Mt Eliza) on 12.50 points who could not find a big enough back up to his opening 7.00 point ride.
Tim Stevenson (Jan Juc) placed in third on 11.80 points with Adam Robertson (Portland) in fourth on 6.40 points.
A wave-starved final in the Women’s saw Bella Wilson jump into first place in the dying seconds with a 7.67 ride.
Wilson finished on a heat total of 12.17 points ahead of Phillip Island’s Daisy Corbett on 8.87 points.
Phillip Island’s Lannia Fostin finished in third on 8.23 points with Rikki Bell-Warren (Bells Beach) in fourth on 6.87 points.
Wilson also now leads the charge to the 7-day trip to the Maldives on the Women’s side of the draw.
The Victorian Open Series now heads to Phillip Island on March 4.
Steady start for Island surfers