Local pros miss chances in Newcastle

Matt Wilkinson getting a deep tube at Merewether Beach at Surfest Newcastle. Photo Tom Bennett/WSL

Crystal Cylinders

Down at Newcastle, the QS 5000 Surfest Newcastle Pro event saw many of the world’s best surfers competing with two of the top Championship Tour surfers, battling it out in the man-on-man final. 

Julian Wilson won in a count back following tied scores against Ryan Callinan.

The Shire’s local pro surfers showed some flashes of good form, but still didn’t achieve their full potential. Stuart Kennedy was the best, with an equal 25th finish, Soli Bailey and Kyuss King finished in equal 37th, Wilkinson in equal 49th while Mikey McDonagh was eliminated in his first heat. 

Wilkinson and King had some good news when they received last minute wildcard spots into the very first of the Challenger Series events at Manly Beach in the Sydney Surf Pro. With the Challenger events each carrying 10,000 points, it may prove very important to them to move into the top 100 of the QS ratings and qualify for the following events in the series. 

Wilkinson will start in round one, while King is seeded into round two. He will be joined by Owen Wright, Bailey and Kennedy in the round of 96 surfers.  

‘Board meeting’

Lennox Head will be hosting the annual ‘Board Meeting’ event on Sunday, March 22.

The surf charity event features teams of four, covering all ages and levels. 

Since 2004 the event has raised over $1,000,000 for local kids and their families in need. For more info call Kim 0417 702 239.  

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