Big names rule the waves

Luke Campbell, of Trigg, competing at his home beach.
Luke Campbell, of Trigg, competing at his home beach.

The day began with the man-on-man skins divisions, in which each club’s best surfer went head-to-head in an exciting match-up.

Local Trigg Point boardrider Luke Campbell set an early standard in the event, scoring a nine-point ride in the small conditions.

Yallingup local and world No. 5 Taj Burrow dominated in the man-on-man heats, posting a perfect 10 and leading Yallingup to victory in The Be The Influence Australian Boardriders event and qualifying them for the National Final.

Burrow said he enjoyed the small conditions and was happy to be competing for his local club.

‘I love surfing waves like this to be honest,’ he said.

‘While I haven’t had to do it in a coloured vest for a while, it’s really great to be part of today and a great club like Yallingup.’

Yallingup team captain Paul Paterson said the team was happy with the win and the new event format.

‘We were very lucky with the conditions today, the waves were very surfable and it was quite good for this time of year,’ he said.

‘It was great to have Taj Burrow back, he made all the difference and I think he’ll step it up another notch when he comes up against the big dogs (like Joel Parkinson) in the National Final,’ he said. In close second was Margaret River with Jacob Willcox, Dave and Bronte Macaulay, Matt Baldock and Jerome Forrest, who pushed Yallingup throughout the event.

Margaret River team manager Andrew Sheridan was happy with his team’s performance.

Finishing second earned Margaret River an opportunity to represent WA at the National Final and take home $1500 cash.

‘We have so many talented surfers so are stoked to go over and be able to show what we’ve got,’ Sheridan said.

Trigg Point boardriders |narrowly missed out on the National Final with great performances from Luke Campbell, Mitch Taylor, Denver Young, Kerry Whitford and Mick Jardine.