SUMMER SWELLS HIGHLIGHT AN EXCITING OPENING DAY AT THE CORSAIRE KING OF THE POINT
Surfers from all corners of Western Australia tore into classic summer conditions at Trigg Point, on the opening day of competition at the Corsaire Aviation King of the Point presented by the City of Stirling.
Small, cleanly groomed 1-2 feet peaks along Perth's metropolitan beaches made for an exciting start to the 2018 edition of the King of the Point, which first ran way back in 1979.
It was local surfers that looked most comfortable in the tricky waves on offer. Highlighting round one heats of the blue-ribbon King of the Point division were Moses Le Grice (East Fremantle) and Marc Lee (Trigg), who impressed at every opportunity.
Arguably one of the best surfers at Trigg on any given day, Marc Lee used his superior wave selection and powerful rail game to post the high scores with ease. While Moses Le Grice drew from his recent World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) experience to make the most of the scoring opportunities available.
“It’s definitely not all-time out there, but I was just stoked to find a couple with good shape that allowed me jam a couple of turns,” said Lee. “I haven't competed in a few years so it feels good to pull a jersey on again.”
Le Grice posted one of the highest individual scores of the day, with a massive air reverse earning him an excellent 9.00 (from a possible 10).
“It’s great to see all the guys travel up to Perth for an event for a change,” said Le Grice. “It levels the playing field a little bit when it’s this size and probably gives us the advantage to be honest.”
Regional surfers Max Marsden (Geraldton), Ben Gradisen (Gracetown), Jed Mattinson (Margaret River), and Jed Gradisen (Gracetown) also stamped their authority, winning their round one heats.
Conditions improved as the Queen of the Point division hit the water with April McPherson (Mandurah), Holly Thomas (Dunsborough) and Coral Durant (Carnarvon) the standout surfers, all dropping excellent scores on their way to tomorrow's semi finals.
McPherson finished with a combined total of 12.67 (from a possible 20), Thomas with a combined total of 14.43 (from a possible 20), but it was the 14 year old Coral Durant with a 14.50 (from a possible 20) that stole the show.
“This is my first time competing at the King of the Point and I’m stoked to be here,” said Durant. “I just wanted to wait for a good one and I was lucky that two good waves came through to me in that heat.”
Some of WA’s most experienced surfers fronted up in the Over-30 Lord of the Point division.
Tim McCabe (North Beach), Luke Saranah (Scarborough) and Mark Clift (Trigg) dominated their heats, surfing with great flow and flair.
“It’s been about 15 years since I’ve surfed in a King of the Point competition,” said Clift. “Sure it's small, but the conditions are really nice and it’s rare to have the Point with just three other guys out.”
Ethan Barry (Geraldton), Finn Cox (Margaret River), and Alex McGuffin (Bicton) were the best of the Under-21 Prince of the Point division and will be ones to keep an eye on tomorrow.
As well as the red-hot surfing action, there was plenty of activities and entertainment for the whole family. A combination of amazing food and refreshing drinks on offer at Canteen and Island Market, surf market stalls, live DJ's, interactive gaming, the Firewire Surfboards expression sessions and skateboard mini-ramp on site all added to the excitement of Perth's most iconic surfing event.
Summer-like conditions are forecast for finals day tomorrow, with small but clean swell set to greet surfers from 7:00am, with event champions to be crowned by 2:00pm.
Surfing WA will be streaming live heat scores and results from the King of the Point so people can to follow the event anywhere on the planet. Be sure to check out www.surfingwalive.asn.au
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