LUKE CAMPBELL REIGNS SUPREME WITH VICTORY AT THE CORSAIRE AVIATION KING OF THE POINT PRESENTED BY CITY OF STIRLING
The 2019 edition of Perth’s most iconic surfing event, the Corsaire Aviation King of the Point presented by City of Stirling concluded with arguably one of the best days of competition in the event’s illustrious history.
Under sunny skies and with a pulsing 2-3 feet swell on offer, thousands of spectators piled into Trigg Point be part of a true celebration of West Australian surfing along the metropolitan beaches.
Luke Campbell (Margaret River) mastered conditions and overcame some of WA’s best and most exciting surfers to capture his third King of the Point title with victory over Jake Molloy (Yokine) in a thrilling 25-minute final.
It was third time lucky for Campbell, who finished second in the past two King of the Point finals. Growing up surfing the waves at Trigg Point, Campbell drew upon his years of experience to claim a record equalling third King of the Point win.
Campbell caught just three waves in the final but was able to amass a combined total of 14.10 (from a possible 20) that included an 8.43 and a 5.67.
“I’m so stoked right now, words can’t describe what this event or this wave means to me,” said Campbell. “To have all my family and friends here to support me and cheer me on was incredible and it’s nice to finally get one after two consecutive runner up finishes.”
Campbell picked up $1,250 prize money for his efforts as well as a return flight to Indonesia thanks to Air Asia.
Despite his best efforts all weekend, which included taking down former World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour surfer Taj Burrow (Yallingup) in the quarterfinals and Jay Davies (Yallingup) in the man-on-man semifinals, Jake Molloy (Yokine) was left chasing a 7.81 to snatch victory from Campbell when the siren sounded.
“It’s been a sick event and we really scored today,” said Molloy. “Luke knows the line up better than anyone and I’m stoked to have been able to reach and surf a final with him.”
Emma Cattlin (Yallingup) proved she’s one of WA’s best female surfers by winning her maiden Queen of the Point title, taking down Madi Ratcliffe (Scarborough), Coral Durant (Carnarvon) and Chloe Weir (Ocean Reef).
Cattlin used her strong forehand attack to post a combined total of 12.33 (from a possible 20), which included a heat high 6.50 (from a possible 10) and a backup 5.83, leaving her opponents chasing either excellent scores or a combination of scores to knock her off the throne.
“I feel really honoured to win this prestigious event,” said Cattlin. “The set up, the format, equal prize money, everything about this event has been special and I’ll remember this moment for a long time to come.”
Alex McGuffin (Bicton) took down an all-star field of talented WA surfers to win the Under-21 Prince of the Point division. Displaying the competition smarts earned whilst competing on the WSL World Qualifying Series over the past 12 months, McGuffin used superb wave and manoeuvre selection to post an imposing total of 14.63 (from a possible 20).
“I couldn’t be happier,” said McGuffin. “I surf a lot out here and I’m stoked that all the hours, days, weeks and years I’ve spent out there paid off for me today.”
Dylan Vernon (Yallingup) was too good in the Under-16 Jester of the Point final, taking out the biggest victory of his short but promising career. Surfing with a great mix of flair and style Vernon finished on a two-wave combined total of 12.77 (from a possible 20), to edge out Jack Mickle (Trigg), Macklin Flynn (Cowaramup) and Lawson Thomas (Willagee).
“It has been a super fun weekend, the waves were really good today,” said Vernon. “I’m going to use my prize money to order a new step up for this winter.”
Tommy Trigwell (Yallingup) used his polished backhand repertoire to claim victory in the hotly Over-40 Lord of the Point final. Trigwell looked on song from the opening minutes of the final, posting an excellent 8.17 (from a possible 10) and finished combined total of 13.67 (from a possible 20).
Trigwell left Ian Ainsworth (Yallingup), Luke Hayter (Doubleview) and Mark Clift (Trigg), in second, third and fourth place respectively chasing solid numbers in order to snatch victory.
“I’ve surfed for years and years against guys like Mark (Clift) and to now be introducing my son to the Surfing WA competition scene is really rewarding,” said Trigwell. “It’s been a great weekend and thanks to everyone involved in making it such a success.”
Surfing WA Events Manager Justin Majeks congratulated everyone involved in the success of this year’s Corsaire Aviation King of the Point.
"This event first ran back in the early 80’s and to be here at Trigg Point all these years on is a testament to it’s importance,” said Majeks. “A big congratulations goes out to all of our winners and I’m thrilled to see the King of the Point truly cement it’s place as one of the best events of the year."
Surfing WA was thrilled to again partner with Corsaire Aviation to delivery this iconic cult event.
“Corsaire couldn’t be prouder to support the King of the Point,” said company founder and director Luke Wyllie. “We love working with Surfing WA and being part of the community lifestyle that this event represents.”
Fletcher Llanwarne (Sorrento) picked up a new Firewire Surfboard for taking out the Air Asia Expression Session, while Macklin Flynn (Cowaramup) was awarded the Air Asia Wave of the Day for threading a deep tube which earned him a perfect 10 point ride.
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 amused. Amazing food and refreshing drinks were on offer at Canteen and Island Market, live DJ's, surf and skate demonstrations, interactive art as well as skateboard mini-ramp on site.
The Corsaire Aviation King of the Point presented by City of Stirling 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.
2019 Corsaire Aviation King of the Point Final Results:
King of the Point:
1st. Luke Campbell (Margaret River) - 14.10. $1,250
2nd. Jake Molloy (Yokine) - 12.07. $750
Equal 3rd. Jay Davies (Yallingup) & Ben Spence (Margaret River)
Queen of the Point:
1st. Emma Cattlin (Yallingup) - 12.33. $1,250
2. Madi Ratcliffe (Scarborough) - 6.13
3. Coral Durant (Carnarvon) - 6.00
4. Chloe Weir (Ocean Reef) - 2.70
Prince of the Point:
1. Alex McGuffin (Bicton) - 14.63. $500
2. Cyrus Cox (Margaret River) - 12.07
3. Ben Spence (Margaret River) - 11.23
4. Mose Le Grice (East Fremantle) - 10.93
Jester of the Point:
1. Dylan Vernon (Yallingup) - 12.77. $500
2. Jack Mickle (Trigg) - 12.16
3. Macklin Flynn (Cowaramup) - 7.37
4. Lawson Thomas (Willagee) - 7.14
Lord of the Point:
1. Tommy Trigwell (Yallingup) - 13.67. $500
2. Ian Ainsworth (Dunsborough) - 7.10
3. Luke Hayter (Doubleview) - 5.96
4. Mark Clift (Trigg) - 4.74
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