Surfing with precision and flair, he snatched first place from former national champion Justin Redman, of Yallingup. Using his repertoire of new and old-school manoeuvres, Clark edged out Redman by less than half a point.
‘It’s been a long time away from competitive surfing for me, but the break has done the trick I guess,’ Clark said. ‘We’ve been so lucky this weekend and I can’t wait for nationals.”
Redman finished ahead of the ever-stylish Mark Mattisons, of Cottesloe, and youngster on the rise Hugh Mitchell, of Lancelin, in fourth.
Redman made up for his open loss by winning the over-35 masters and his first State title since 2002, while Hugh Mitchell, of Lancelin, won the under-21 pro junior division and the State title.
In the junior divisions, two surfers better known for their short board skills took the wins, namely Jack Medland, of Marmion, and Emi Campbell, of Denmark.
Cameron McKay, of Bibra Lake, won the Battle of the Paddle State title ahead of Richard Du Preez, of Ocean Reef.