Trigg Point, Perth/WA (Sunday, March 20, 2017) – Kehu Butler (Mount Maunganui, NZL) and Alyssa Lock (Tweed Heads, NSW) have claimed victory at the fourth stop of World Surf League (WSL) sanctioned Subway® Surf Series at Trigg Point in Western Australia.
After testing surf yesterday, WA’s metropolitan beaches turned on great finals day conditions, with competitors relishing in clean and powerful 3-4 feet peaks at Perth’s premiere wave location.
Butler and Lock made the most of the improved conditions, notching up their maiden wins on the Australasian Junior Qualifying Series (JQS).
In the 30-minute men’s final, Butler used his powerful frame and strong rail game to post a combined total of 15.75 (from a possible 20), defeating local West Australian Kael Walsh (Yallingup), who was left chasing a 9.00 for the win.
Despite a strong aerial performance from Walsh, it was Butler who cut through the afternoon lump and bump with ease and obliterated any section that came his way.
Butler was a popular winner and was chaired up the beach to a rapturous applause, as his friends and family performed a ‘Haka’ for him, a traditional Maori ceremonial dance that brought the crowd on the beach to it’s feet.
“I’m super stoked to have won, the waves were really pumping this morning,” said Butler. “I had some special luck on my side at this event and it’s a dream to win my first Pro Junior event.”
Despite his best efforts in the final, Walsh finished in second and as the highest placed local surfer in the event.
“This is really good conditions for Perth standards, so to make the final and take home some prize money and good points is a good thing so I’m stoked,” said Walsh.
Alyssa Lock kept her momentum rolling from a massive week, which saw her win the trials and compete at the WSL Roxy Pro before flying straight to Perth to compete. Using her razor-sharp backhand attack, Lock took down Sophia Fulton (Cabarita, NSW) in the 30-minute women’s final.
Showing signs of a future champion of the sport, Lock scored an 8.25 and a 7.25 to finish on a two-wave combined total of 15.50 (from a possible 20).
“I love these events, it’s amazing hanging with the girls and travelling around the country competing,” said Lock. “This is my first time to WA and I can’t wait to come back here again.”
Caption: Alyssa Lock wrapped up a massive week of competition with a win at the Subway surf Series Trigg.
Credit: © WSL / Woolacotti
The runner-up finish was the best result for Fulton in 2017, who will be sure to move up the rating after her strong performance in WA.
With a total prize pool of $7,000 and valuable WSL ratings points on offer, a stellar field of surfers came from far and wide, representing six different nations including Indonesia, New Zealand, Barbados, France, Canary Islands as well as Australia.
Surfing WA’s Contest Director Tom Dickson was complimentary of everyone who competed so well at Trigg Point on the weekend.
“It was great to see such a high standard of competition from surfers from right across the Australasian region,” said Dickson. “Congratulations to all our winners, especially our local talent who really stepped it up on home turf.”
The next event of the Subway® Surf Series heads to Kiama in NSW in April.
The WSL sanctioned Subway® Pro Junior events, which includes 18 and under boys and girls divisions, form part of the 2017 WSL Australasian Junior Qualifying Series (JQS), providing the winning athletes with an opportunity to win a coveted world title at the World Surf League Junior Championships in 2018. The Subway® Surf Series is proudly supported by WSL, Surfing Australia, Billabong and Surfing Western Australia. Entries have opened via the World Surf League website – www.worldsurfleague.com