Swell Times: WA surfers impress overseas

Jacob Willcox. Picture:  WSL/Conner
Jacob Willcox. Picture: WSL/Conner

THERE has been no shortage of surfing news in WA recently, with talks of relocating our World Surf League (WSL) event dividing opinion and ruffling a few local feathers to the north and south.

Dissatisfaction with the Margaret River location among certain World Tour competitors saw this year’s event halted and moved to Bali midway through the competition, spurring mixed reactions from pros and spectators alike.

It seems like the WSL may be considering a move to Kalbarri or Gnaraloo as early as next year in an attempt to keep a WA stop on the tour.

It will be interesting to see how the local surfing communities react if one of these locations is confirmed for 2019.

Our state has had solid representation on a global scale recently, with Jack Robinson taking the win at the prestigious Rip Curl Cup, Padang Padang, towards the end of last month.

Robinson posted an impressive 19.90 out of a possible 20 points early in the final, virtually sealing the victory in the large left-hand barrels.

Jacob Willcox (pictured) also turned in an epic performance, making it into the semi-finals, where he was beaten by two Indonesian competitors despite a healthy 18.15 heat total.

A little closer to home, Rip Curl Scarborough casual and all-round nice guy Mark Matisons is in New South Wales this week for the Australian Longboard Championships as part of the Australian Surf Festival.

Good luck, legend!

• Matt Bowen is from Rip Curl Scarborough