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Airborne: Kyuss King at the Vissla NSW Pro Surf Series last week. Photographer Ethan Smith/Surfing NSW

Byron Bay’s Kyuss King has finished in equal ninth position at the 2020 Mothernest Great Lakes Pro, a QS 1000 rated event held at Boomerang Beach.

Early in the event King looked like becoming one of the first top seeds to be eliminated from the event as he waited until the final five minutes to strike in his round three heat.

Up against the ropes, King needed a solid score to move off last, and he was able to find a lengthy and powerful right-hander that allowed him to perform a multitude of impressive forehand hits and earn himself a 7.00 wave score that shot him to first. 

‘That was a nerve-racking heat,’ said King. ‘It definitely gets the butterflies going in my stomach when I leave my charge to the final minutes, so I’d like to get an earlier start in the next one. I just need to remember to stay positive in situations like that and just focus on my game plan.’

Byron Bay’s Sasha Baker finished in equal 17th place in the women’s event, and Lennox Head’s Mikey McDonagh finished in equal 25th in the men’s.

The elite five-day World Surf League Qualifying Series event forms the second of three stops on the Vissla NSW Pro Surf Series. 

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