JANO BELO GOES BACK-TO-BACK WITH A BUZZER-BEATING FINISH TO THE 2018 CORSAIRE AVIATION KING OF THE POINT
Perth’s most iconic surfing event concluded today at Trigg Point, with Jano Belo (Margaret River) mastering the small and clean conditions on offer claiming back-to-back victories at the Corsaire Aviation King of the Point presented by the City of Stirling.
Belo snatched victory from the hands of two-time King of the Point champion and former Trigg local Luke Campbell (Margaret River), with a buzzer-beating air reverse earning him a 7.60 (from a possible 10) and triumph at the biggest and most prestigious surf event held along Perth’s metropolitan beaches.
Despite leading for a majority of the 25-minute final, Campbell’s two-wave combined total of 12.67 (from a possible 20) was not enough for Belo’s lightening fast approach and razor sharp turns which saw him finish on a combined total of 13.6 (from a possible 20).
“I feel so amazing, the King of the Point is such a great event and I feel so blessed to have all my family here as well as my boys who have been running around having heaps of fun,” said Belo. “Luke and I are good friends and we used to compete on the World Qualifying Series together so to be in the final with him was a special moment.”
Campbell fell just short of adding a third King of the Point Title to his name, after last winning in 2015. “I knew as soon as Jano saw that wave with 30 seconds remaining that he’d take to the air,” said Campbell. “It’s been so fun to surf the Point with just a couple of other people all weekend and I’m stoked to have made the final with Jano.”
Holly Thomas (Dunsborough) proved she’s a force to be reckoned with making a triumphant return to competition surfing, winning the Queen of the Point division ahead three of the WA’s rising female surfing stars.
Thomas used her smooth flowing style and strong backhand attack to post a combined total of 15.00 (from a possible 20), which included an 8.00 (from a possible 10) and a 7.00 (from a possible 10), leaving Coral Durant (Carnarvon), April McPherson (Mandurah) and Taiana Duncan (Kalbarri) all chasing excellent scores to knock her off the throne.
“It feels pretty good, it’s been a while since I’ve won an event so I’m pretty happy,” said Thomas. “I was a bit rattled when I saw the size of the waves today, but I kind of surprised myself and well done to all the other girls they were ripping this weekend.”
Jed Mattinson (Margaret River) took down an all-star field of young surfers to win the Under-21 Prince of the Point division.
Using competition smarts earned whilst competing on the World Qualifying Series over the past 12 months, Mattinson used priority superbly and caught only the best waves on offer during the 25-minute final.
Mattinson scored a heat high 8.50 (from a possible 10) and backed it up with a 5.83 (from a possible 10) to finish on a combined total of 14.33 (from a possible 20).
Mattinson left Jack Thomas (Yallingup), Ben Gradisen (Gracetown) and Alex McGuffin (Bicton) all chasing good to excellent scores for the win.
“I’m so stoked, I usually struggle on the waves in Perth, but to have priority and some really nice shaped waves on offer I couldn’t be happier,” said Mattinson. “I’m pretty much working on filling my bank account and bailing to as many events as I can for the rest of the year and this win is a good confidence boost.”
Luke Saranah (Scarborough) was the only metropolitan based surfer to taste success this weekend, taking victory in the Over-30 Lord of the Point division.
Saranah looked on song from the opening minutes of the final and used an impressive array of forehand and backhand manoeuvres to amass a combined total of 16.26 (from a possible 20).
Notwithstanding some great surfing from Mark Clift (Trigg), Tommy Trigwell (Yallingup) and Tim McCabe (North Beach), Saranah did all the right turns on all the right waves to be crowned champion of an event he grew up watching as a grommet.
“It was great to have a couple of those older boys that I looked up to as a grom in the final,” said Saranah. “To be in the final with them is one thing but to beat them is even better.”
Surfing WA Events Manager Justin Majeks congratulated everyone involved in the success of this years Corsaire Aviation King of the Point presented by the City of Stirling.
"It was a big call to move the event forward into March, but the call has turned out really great and I'm thrilled to see the commitment and support from all the surfers involved,” said Majeks. “A big congratulations goes out to all of our winners and I’m thrilled to see the King of the Point cement it’s place as one of the best events of the year."
Surfing WA was thrilled to again partner with Corsaire Aviation for this iconic cult event.
“Corsaire is a proud supporter of the King of the Point,” said company director Luke Wyllie. “We love working with Surfing WA and being part of the community lifestyle that this event represents.”
City of Stirling Mayor, Mark Irwin said it was a treat for the City to play host to Surfing WA’s King of the Point contest where the state’s surfing royalty were today crowned.
“Surfing is such an exciting sport and he prestige of the King of the Point has attracted some of the state’s best surfers to the City this weekend,” Irwin said.
As well as the red-hot surfing action on offer over the weekend, there was plenty of activities and entertainment to keep the whole family entertained. Amazing food and refreshing drinks were on offer at Canteen and Island Market, there were surf market stalls, live DJ's, interactive gaming, daily Firewire Surfboards expression sessions as well as skateboard mini-ramp on site.
First run in 1980, 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.
For more information on this or any other WA event be sure to log onto www.surfingwa.com.au and check out all the Surfing WA social media platforms for event updates and information.
2018 Corsaire Aviation King of the Point Final Results:
King of the Point:
1. Jano Belo (Margaret River) - 13.60
2. Luke Campbell (Margaret River) - 12.67
Queen of the Point:
1. Holly Thomas (Dunsborough) - 15.00
2. Coral Durant (Carnarvon) - 11.83
3. April McPherson (Mandurah) - 10.37
4. Taiana Duncan (Kalbarri) - 9.27
Prince of the Point:
1. Jed Mattinson (Margaret River) - 14.33
2. Jack Thomas (Yallingup) - 13.80
3. Ben Gradisen (Gracetown) - 12.94
4. Alex McGuffin (Bicton) - 11.46
Lord of the Point:
1. Luke Saranah (Scarborough) - 16.26
2. Mark Clift (Trigg) - 13.10
3. Tommy Trigwell (Dunsborough) - 11.84
4. Tim McCabe (North Beach) - 10.83
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