It’s Paterson’s purse as veteran takes Point crown

Kael Walsh in action at the King of the Point surf comp.
Kael Walsh in action at the King of the Point surf comp.

Yallingup-based Patersonwon every heat on his way to the Open division finals, where he came up against multiple Margaret River Classic winner, Dunsborough’s Tom Innes.

Paterson’s experience and power came to the fore in the final, with his superior wave selection giving him the edge over Innes in the choppy conditions.

Born and raised in Cottesloe, Paterson said he had fond memories of the King of the Point competition.

‘I’m originally from Cottesloe and growing up as a kid this competition was the biggest thing ever,’ he said.

‘To join a list of guys that have won here means a lot.’

Paterson didn’t have things entirely his own way, however, with the local knowledge of Trigg surfer Marc Lee proving too much for Paterson in the Over-30 Masters division.

Lee surfs Trigg almost every day but luck has not been on his side in the Open division.

The battle for Queen of the Point proved enthralling, with former ASP World Tour competitor Claire Bevilacqua dominating.