17.6 C
Byron Shire
April 15, 2024

Mikey rides high and wins WSL tournamnet in big WA waves

Latest News

Bangalow retaining wall damage

The wall supporting the western end of Deacon Street has failed – opposite the Roman Catholic Church. Fortunately, this...

Other News

Oceans 12 ready to compete at state level

A dozen swimmers from the Ocean Shores Aquatic Swim Team are Sydney bound, having secured places to compete in state finals after battling through schools,  district, zone and regional eliminations.

Israel

It is difficult in the current situation to see Israel as anything but a malignant force in the world....

Understory: a theatre show connecting kids to nature

Understory is a magical, interactive theatre adventure created for children by Roundabout Theatre, springing to life in the Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens this April school holidays.

Beady-eyed miner

As I sat for a coffee in Brunz the other day, sharing my table with a beady-eyed miner, I...

Mullum refugee support group formed

A new group in Mullumbimby has formed to help settle a Syrian refugee family in the area within the next few months.

Bangalow Chamber Music Festival relocates to Qld 

After two decades, Bangalow Chamber Music Festival organisers have announced they will be moving the event to Mount Tamborine, Qld, after ‘increased costs and lower than average ticket sales’.

Mikey McDonagh working at Yallingup.

Crystal Cylinders

Lennox Head’s Mikey McDonagh has won his first ever WSL QS event, the Cape Naturaliste Pro, when he mastered the powerful surf of Yallingup in Western Australia.

On the fourth and final day of competition a powerful groundswell combined with clean offshore winds to provide an exciting conclusion to the Western Australian Pro Surf Series for 2019.

The men’s final of the World Surf League Qualifying Series 1000 event was an all Australian match-up between Noosa’s Cooper Davies and McDonagh.

The whole south-west coastline was being pounded by swell and Yallingup provided groomed 1-1.5 metre waves that McDonagh tore to pieces on his way to victory.  

Opening with a near-perfect 9.00 (from a possible 10), McDonagh was in sync with the ocean and his equipment.

After threading a deep tube McDonagh posted a backup 8.65 to amass a whopping combined heat total of 17.65 (out of 20). 

Mikey’s maiden WSL QS win comes off the back of a tough 2019 season plagued with injuries and poor results.

‘I’m lost for words, I don’t really know what to say,’ he said. ‘These conditions suited my surfing and I can’t remember ever having a final in waves as good as these. I love Yallingup so much this place is amazing, and getting my first QS win here – obviously it means even more to me now.’


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

We wonder why

Living in Byron Shire the majority of people continue to ask why is this organisation continuously letting this community down as far as representing...

Aid workers killed

I along with the Israeli and Jewish community in general mourn with the rest of the world for the tragic loss of the seven...

Rains, drains, floods

The ABC news and Guardian recently published reports of the potential return of La Niña in 2024 bringing similar rain to 2022. We just experienced...

Peace

Elimination by people-power voting is necessary to remove dictators from Russia, Israel, China, Iran, wannabe (again!) North Korea, to avoid what is heading toward...