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Mikey rides high and wins WSL tournamnet in big WA waves

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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.’


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