Swell Times: WA surfer Jack Robinson wins Pipe Pro

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ONE of the State’s most impressive surfing talents, Jack Robinson, has taken out the Pipe Pro on Oahu’s North Shore, earning him a commanding position on the World Qualifying Series (WQS) ratings.

The 21-year-old navigated the most famous wave in the world in far-from-perfect conditions last week to earn himself the win with a dominant performance in all of his heats, primarily using the right-handed barrels of Backdoor to score a bag of good-to-excellent range scores.

Surfers compete on the WQS throughout the year in an attempt to qualify for top-tier competition on the World Championship Tour, with the most recent WA addition being Gracetown’s Bronte Macaulay, qualifying in the 2016 WQS season on the women’s side of the competition.

With such a great start to the season, 2019 could be the year that Robinson earns his spot on the premier tour in competitive surfing.

This weekend, the Australian Boardriders Battle final is set to take place in Newcastle, New South Wales.

WA is represented well by both the Margaret River and Trigg Point clubs, who qualified in the fifth event of the series at Trigg Beach in October last year.

MATT BOWEN,

Rip Curl Scarborough