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Walters carves a double

Dakoda Walters made every flight a winner over the past week at Maroubra Beach. Image: Ethan Smith / Surfing NSW

Angourie surfer Dakoda Walters has made Maroubra Beach a happy hunting ground after scoring two wins at the beach.

On Tuesday January 28, he won the Red Bull Airborne Qualifier; and on Saturday February 1, Walters was victorious in 2020 Carve Pro World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) 1000-rated event at Maroubra.

“This has been a bit of a fairy-tale week,” Walters said after his Carve Pro win in front of thousands of spectators.

“It was a dream to take out the airborne, but to back it up here feels incredible.

“It’s always been a dream to be able to win a QS; hopefully I can back it up when the next event in Great Lakes in a few week’s time.”

Walters’ airborne win qualifies him for the 2020 Red Bull Airborne event, which will be held in conjunction with the WSL’s first world championship event of the year at the Gold Coast, The Corona Open, from March 26 to April 5.

“I look up to so many of the guys who surf in the airborne events and I got pretty stoked seeing it all last year,” Walters said. “This is a bit surreal and I can’t describe how pumped I am to win this.”

Meanwhile, Wooli surfer Carly Shanahan posted her best WSL result to date, coming second to Sarah Baum in the women’s event at Maroubra.

“I’m so wrapped on this result,” said Shanahan. “I was stoked to just make the quarterfinals, so to get through to the final feels amazing.”

Wooli surfer Carly Shanahan was runner-up in the women’s event. Image: Ethan Smith / Surfing NSW

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