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Jano Belo defeats all-star field to claim King of the Point




Corsaire Aviation King of the Point
presented by the City of Stirling

Surfing Western Australia
Trigg Point, Western Australia
21 - 22 May, 2017

Mia McCarthy wins Queen of the Point title

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 22 May, 2017 - Former Brazilian Surfing Champion Jano Belo has defeated an all-star field of West Australian surfers to be crowned the 2017 Corsaire Aviation King of the Point presented by the City of Stirling.

After pumping waves blessed competitors on Saturday, conditions changed dramatically overnight with bone crunching 4-6 feet (2.5 metres) surf and squally onshore winds providing a true test for surfers at the metropolitan beaches biggest and most prestigious surfing event.

Proving his mastery in all kinds of conditions former World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series event winner, Jano Belo took down an in-form Kael Walsh (Yallingup) to claim his maiden King of the Point title.
Belo etched his name alongside some of WA’s greatest surfers to have won the iconic event since it’s inception in 1982 including; Mike McAullife, Dave Macaulay, Jake Paterson, Luke Campbell and Jacob Willcox.

Using his sharp and snappy repertoire of forehand and backhand manoeuvres in the blustery afternoon swells, Belo posted a two-wave combined total of 14.97 (from a possible 20), which included an excellent 8.33 and a back up score of 6.64.

“I’ve competed all over the world, but I’m so happy to now be doing all the Western Australian events, competing in really good waves and making really good friends,” said 35 year old Belo. “I’m really happy to be the King of the Point and to be surfing against really good surfers, I can tell the new generation here in WA will have a great future.”
Despite some excellent surfing of his own, Yallingup’s Kael Walsh was left chasing an 8.31 (from a possible 10) to steal victory away from Belo.

Mia McCarthy © SurfingWA/Majeks

Mia McCarthy (Margaret River) wasn’t hampered by the conditions surfing with poise and aplomb to claim victory in the Queen of the Point division, taking down some of the best up and coming female surfers in the state in the process.

McCarthy drew from her memories of growing up and learning to surf along Trigg Beach, posting a combined total of 13.67 (from a possible 20) to take down young guns Maddie Cawood (Margaret River), Bailee Hastie (Gracetown) and Pemba Spargo (Albany).

"It means a lot to be crowned Queen of the Point," said McCarthy. "I caught my first waves here along this stretch of coast and despite the conditions I still really enjoyed myself out there."
Current Under-18 Boys Australian Champion Jack Thomas (Yallingup) claimed the win in the hotly contested Prince of the Point division, taking out some of his closest friends on his way to triumph.

Using his lightening fast backhand attack, Thomas posted a combined two-wave total of 14.76 (from a possible 20) to oust Moses Le Grice (East Fremantle), Felix Leaver (Yallingup) and Jake Edwards (Cottesloe).

"The waves were so good yesterday that today’s conditions don’t even matter," said Thomas. "All the boys were ripping this weekend and I’m just stoked to take out the win."

Paul Paterson (City Beach) dominated the lumpy and bumpy afternoon conditions to take out the Over-30 Lord of the Point division, posting two excellent scores to amass a combined total of 16.16 (from a possible 20).

Despite being challenged by Tim Fitzpatrick (Scarborough), Luke Campbell (Margaret River) and Tim McCabe (North Beach), Paterson rose to the occasion made sure he was on the best waves of the final.

"It's pretty rare you get to surf pumping waves at Trigg Point with just three people out there," said Paterson. "It's been a really great event and I'm thrilled to win ahead of some quality opposition."

Notwithstanding today’s testing surf conditions, thousands of spectators were estimated to have soaked up the festive style atmosphere on offer at Perth’s premiere surfing event over the past two days.
Surfing WA Events Manager Justin Majeks was congratulatory of all involved in the success of this years Corsaire Aviation King of the Point presented by the City of Stirling.

"It has been a really great weekend and I'm thrilled to see the commitment and support from all the surfers, a big congratulations goes out to all of our winners," said Majeks. "I'm stoked to see the King of the Point cement it’s place as one of the best events of the year thanks to our new and existing event partners."

First run in 1982, the Corsaire Aviation King of the Point is the longest running and most prestigious event along the metropolitan coastline, attracting some of the state's best competition surfers and boasting over $10k in cash and prizes.

2017 Corsaire Aviation King of the Point Final Results:

King of the Point Final:
1. Jano Belo (Margaret River) - 14.97
2. Kael Walsh (Yallingup) - 12.97

Queen of the Point Final:
1. Mia McCarthy (Margaret River) - 13.67
2. Maddie Cawood (Margaret River) - 12.67
3. Bailee Hastie (Gracetown) - 9.20
4. Pemba Spargo (Albany) - 8.57

Prince of the Point Final:
1. Jack Thomas (Yallingup) - 14.76
2. Moses Le Grice (East Fremantle) - 13.50
3. Felix Leaver (Yallingup) - 13.36
4. Jake Edwards (Cottesloe) – 11.87

Lord of the Point Final:
1. Paul Paterson (City Beach) - 16.16
2. Tim Fitzpatrick (Scarborough) - 12.50
3. Luke Campbell (Margaret River) - 11.43pts
4. Tim McCabe (North Beach) - 7.20

Justin Majeks

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