Finalists, Picture – James Robinson / Surfing NSW 

Competitors Prepare For Finals Day at Mad Mex Maroubra Pro QS 1,000

Published on 05/03/2023

MAROUBRA, NSW / AUS, (Saturday, March 4, 2023) – The stage has been set for the Finals Day of the 2023 Mad Mex Maroubra Pro, World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) 1,000 after Day 2 concluded with semi-clean two-foot surf. 

North Narrabeen athlete Tru Starling (AUS) felt right at home on the open left walls, as she was able to combine a couple of big backhand manoeuvres and advance on through to the Quarterfinals.

It was Brazilian-born surfer Anne Dos Santos (BRA) was one of the standouts of the day as she scored the highest individual wave of the womens event thus far with a 7.83. The goofy-footer who now resides in Dee Why (AUS) was able to showcase her rail surfing on her way to win and progress into finals day.

“It felt nice to get some decent waves where I can really engage my rail, I feel that’s when I do my best surfing,” Dos Santos said. “The waves are tricky because you don’t know if they are going run off or open up, fortunately, I found a few that allowed me to open up on some big turns.”

In a stacked Round 16 heat between Jordy Lawler (AUS), Saxon Reber (AUS), Dakoda Walters (AUS) and Joel Vaughan (AUS), it was Walters and Vaughan who prevailed and advanced into the Quarterfinals. A packed Maroubra Beach where not left disappointed as the pair both took to the air to land big scores.

“I knew going into that heat that I had to show the judges something different, I was lucky enough to land some pretty big airs and advance through.” Vaughan said, ” I’m really looking forward to tomorrow, hopefully, the swell picks up a little overnight and it should be pretty sick.”

The Vissla NSW Pro Surf Series was developed for Australian surfers to gain ranking points and prize money in the WSL Qualifying Series. The series also creates a NSW coastal road trip for all to explore the variety of waves, visit local communities and enjoy NSW surfing culture.

The Vissla NSW Pro Surf Series 2023 is proudly supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.

The final day of the  Mad Med Maroubra Pro will be available to watch thanks to Mad Mex via the live webcast through, the WSL App, and Surfing NSW socials.

Vissla NSW Pro Surf Series 2023 Event Schedule

Event 1: Camplify Great Lakes Pro QS3000: Tuesday 21st – Friday 24th Feb

Event 2: Surfers Rescue 24/7 Port Stephens Pro QS1000 – Monday 27th Feb: Wednesday 1st March

Event 3: Mad Mex Maroubra Pro QS1000: Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th March

Event 4: Men’s Vissla Central Coast Pro presented by Mad Mex QS3000, Women’s Sisstrevolution Central Coast Pro presented by Mad Mex: Monday 13th – Saturday 18th March

The 2023 Vissla NSW Pro Surf Series is proudly supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW. The series is also proudly supported by Vissla, Sisstrevolution, Destination Sydney Surrounds, Randwick City Council, Central Coast Council, Mid Coast Council, Port Stephens Council, Barrington Coast, Mad Mex, Camplify, Storage King, Avoca Beach Hotel, Southend Hotel, PRD Real Estate, Surfers Rescue 24/7, #NoTxtNoWrecks, WSL and Surfing NSW.

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