Keely Andrew wows in famed waves of Maui

CARVING UP: Keely Andrew during round one of the Maui Pro in Hawaii.
CARVING UP: Keely Andrew during round one of the Maui Pro in Hawaii. Kirstin Scholtz

SURFING: Mooloolaba's world tour rookie Keely Andrew produced a standout display amid the iconic surf of Hawaii on Thursday morning.

The 21-year-old won the opening heat of the Maui Women's Pro with a series of impressive vertical hacks.

She scored 15.83 to upset world number eight compatriot Sally Fitzgibbons (12.16) and France's world number five Johanne Defay (11.60).

Andrew surfed with freedom on the opening day of the tour's 10th and final event for 2016, having recently earned her berth on next year's elite circuit via the second-tier Qualifying Series.

"I come into this event with a bit of a more relaxed I'm just going to try and have fun with it,” she said.

Andrew was the most impressive surfer In the opening round of the event, along with Hawaii's Carissa Moore.

There was plenty of spray during her best wave, which attracted a score of 8.33.

"I could feel the power,” Andrew said.

"I went home (to the Coast) and I put a lot of work in, in the gym, a lot of strength and power (work) and it's paying off here.”

She went into the Maui Women's Pro in 14th place on the overall standings after some solid showings, including a fifth place at the US Open of Surfing.

Number one Tyler Wright looked powerful and in control in her first event since becoming world champ.

The Australian won her heat with a total of 15.33 to automatically advance to round three.

"I've just been taking it all in and enjoying it since France, but I've been very busy,” she said.

"I haven't had a lot of time to surf coming into this event. I'm happy to be back in the water and definitely feeling more relaxed now.”

Results in sport detail.

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