Corsaire Aviation King of the Point
presented by the City of Stirling
Surfing Western Australia
Trigg Point, Western Australia
21 - 22 May, 2017
Trigg Point in Western Australia turns on for annual event
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 21 May, 2017 - Trigg Point, Western Australia - Some of Western Australia’s very best surfers have ripped into an exciting opening day of the Corsaire Aviation King of the Point presented by the City of Stirling.
Despite some grey and overcast conditions, Trigg Point turned on some amazing autumn conditions with the metropolitan beaches biggest and most prestigious surfing event roaring to life with arguably the best waves to grace the event in recent years.
A westerly swell pushed groomed 3-4 feet (2.0metre) peaks into Trigg Point today, providing ample opportunity for the elite field surfers who converged from all surfing regions of the state.
In a marathon day of competition, it was the events top seeds who mastered the conditions best with Jack Thomas (Yallingup), making his intentions felt immediately, winning the opening heat of the day.
The reigning Under-18 Boys Australian Champion displayed some razor sharp forehand and backhand manoeuvres to post a combined total of 15.00 (from a possible 20).
"The conditions are super really fun out there," said Thomas. "You've gotta find the right ones, but it’s really clean and punchy."
Joining Thomas as round one were; Jake Edwards (Cottesloe), Jano Belo (Margaret River), Duke Nagtzaam (Yallingup), Jared Mchale (Margaret River), Alex McGuffin (Bicton), Nick Muntz (Trigg Point) and Luke Campbell (Margaret River), who all dominated their heats to progress directly to round three.
2016 Under-18 Girls State Champion Mia McCarthy (Margaret River), showed her familiarity with the waves off Trigg Point scoring a 7.00 and a 6.33 to finish with the highest two-wave total during round one of the Queen of the Point division.
"I had a great time out there this morning," said McCarthy. "I grew up surfing this stretch of coastline and this is one of the best days I remember surfing out here in ages."
The Under-21 Prince of the Point saw great performances from a host of WA’s best up and coming talent who made the most of some of the best conditions of the day.
Alex McGuffin posted one of the highest two-wave combined total of the day with two excellent scores amassing a total of 18.50 (from a possible 20).
“It’s pumping out there, Trigg hasn’t been this good in ages and never this good for a competition I’ve surfed in,” said McGuffin. “I was just more patient out there and waited for some better waves with better scoring opportunity.”
Jake Thomas, Ben Gradisen (Gracetown), Felix Leaver (Yallingup), and Connor Brown (Mosman Park) all won their opening round heats.
The Over-30 Lord of the Point division saw defending champion Tim McCabe (Scarborough), Paul Paterson (City Beach), and Ryan Wordsworth (Yallingup) all impressed in improving afternoon conditions.
Geraldton’s Ethan Barry scored the only perfect ten-point ride, threading his way through a deep afternoon tube and finishing with a strong rail turn to the applause of the strong o-beach crowd who had assembled.
“That was pretty crazy, it just kept opening up for me and I came flying through,” said Barry. “This is the best waves I’ve ever surfed in Perth hands down.”
Surfing WA Events Manager Justin Majeks was rapt with the turn out for day one.
"Today provided arguably the best competition waves I can remember at this event in recent years,” said Majeks. “It was an unbelievable start for the comp with a real festival-style atmosphere on offer down here. I'm excited to see all the finals action tomorrow."
Unfortunately today’s pumping conditions are forecast to be replaced with strong onshore winds and a bigger swell.
Competition will commence tomorrow at 7:40am. There will be plenty of action happening out of the water as well with live music from the Fungle Club DJ's, surf market stalls, surfboard demonstrations, giveaways and heaps, heaps more.