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Local surfer Soli Bailey has finished in second place at the Mad Mex Maroubra Pro World Surf League Qualifying Series event held at Sydney’s Maroubra beach last weekend.

Soli was bested by Dylan Moffat in challenging 0.4 metre waves and struggled to find any rhythm. Despite looking ready to strike if provided with the opportunity, the former Championship Tour surfer was unable to find a score of substance in the wave-starved final and had to settle for second position against Moffat.

‘I felt like I built through the event and was feeling really confident going into that final, but the waves just didn’t come, and I think I might go into the history books for one of the lowest heat totals ever,’ said Bailey. ‘Dylan got the only real wave of substance that came through and he smashed it apart, so I’m stoked for him. He’s been surfing so well over this QS leg and I couldn’t be happier for him.’

India Robinson took out the women’s event over Sophie McCulloch.

The contest was the third of four that makes up the Vissla NSW Pro Surf Series. The series will conclude this weekend at a six-day WSL QS 3000 rated event to be held at Avoca Beach (Central Coast) from March 2-7.


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