Perth’s premier metropolitan coast surfing tournament, the Corsaire Aviation King of the Point presented by the City of Stirling, came to a close on Sunday, with six new champions claiming crowns in harsh conditions off Trigg Beach.
First raced in 1979, the King of the Point is one of WA’s most iconic events, with an impressive track record of past champions including Mike McAuliffe (Margaret River), Dave Macaulay (Gracetown), Jake Paterson (Yallingup) and Jacob Willcox (Margaret River).
This year, it was the surfers of Yallingup who stole the show by winning the six crowns on offer.
It was such a big event, it’s got the groms foaming and I’m thrilled to add my name to a list of epic past winners.
Duke Nagtzaam and Claire Bevilacqua of Yallingup have booked their places for next month’s trials event for the Margaret River Pro, after claiming victory in the Blue Ribbon King and Queen of the Point divisions respectively.
Nagtzaam mastered the 1-2ft waves on offer, proving he is one of Western Australia’s best underground surfers, displaying mastery of his fiberglass blade and landing some of the event’s best scores on the way to his first King of the Point victory.
Nagtzaam dominated the event, winning all of his heats before defeating another impressive performer in Cyrus Cox (Margaret River), in a thrilling man-to-man final.
Using his razor-sharp repertoire of forehand maneuvers, Nagtzaam posted a two-wave combined total of 14.53 (out of a possible 20) that included a perfect 7.53 and a 7.00 save.
Despite excellent surfing on his part on the way to and during the final, Cyrus Cox was left chasing a 7.21 (out of a possible 10), to steal the win.
“I haven’t won an event in a long time, so that’s amazing,” Nagtzaam said.
“I might be able to get a wave over there at the Point now.
“It was such a big event, it’s got the groms foaming and I’m thrilled to add my name to a list of epic past winners.”
Bevilacqua claimed her fourth Queen of the Point crown, with a performance inspired by the former World Tour competitor.
Her victory makes her the most successful queen to ever surf at Trigg Point, knocking out 2022 Open Women’s State Champion and big wave loader Felicity Palmateer (Yanchep).
In a wave-hungry finale, Bevilacqua found the best waves on offer and launched a series of high-speed vertical maneuvers that saw her post a combined two-wave total of 10.90 (out of 20 possible).
“I’m so grateful to be here and to continue to compete against these legends,” Bevilacqua said.
“Thank you for always pushing me Flick [Palmateer]we always have a good time and it’s good to have one against her after she beat me on my home break at Injidup last month.”
Yallingup surfer Tommy Trigwell was a popular champion in the Over-40 Lord of the Point division, throwing away some of his best surfers when it came to beating Luke Wyllie (North Fremantle), Paul Paterson (City Beach) and Oscar Pellizzon (North Beach ).
Trigwell’s win came on strength of 6.33 and 5.77, finishing on a two-wave total of 12.10 (out of a possible 20).
“It’s my second Lord of the Point title and it’s always a treat to surf against these guys,” he said.
“It’s been a great weekend here competing with my boy, he’s foaming and getting better which helps me surf too.”
Maverick Wilson (Dunsborough) won the Prince of the Point Under-21 Division.
After returning from competition in the Melbourne wave pool last week, Wilson looked in sync with his gear, catching some great waves and connecting the series of smooth, clean forehands to claim another major feather in his cap for 2022.
Wilson kept busy during the final, catching nine waves and finishing in 13.80 (out of a possible 20), leaving his competitors chasing great numbers or a combination of scores to steal victory.
“The waves were actually pretty fun, a bit small and slow, but I had a great time,” Wilson said.
“All the boys were ripping this weekend and I’d like to congratulate the whole Yallingup team for smashing it.”
Another Yallingup runner, Emma Cattlin, won the first-ever Princess of the Point Under-21 Division, dominating the final by 25 minutes and joining an illustrious list of winners in 2022.
Cattlin sliced and diced on his backhand and forehand, amassing an impressive 13.83 in two waves (out of a possible 20), which included a 7.50 high heat and a 6.33 save.
Cattlin was too strong against Skyla Tothill (Sorrento), Ruby Berry (Augusta) and Indie Siedmiogrodzki (City Beach), as she took victory in the new king of the point division.
“I haven’t earned a comp in a while, so it’s pretty unreal right now,” Cattlin said.
“I grew up surfing this part of the coast so I knew I had to keep busy there, all the girls surf so well so this is a win I won’t forget for a while.”
Otis North, also from Yallingup, continued his winning ways in 2022, with victory in the thrilling Under-17 Boys Jester of the Point division.
Arguably one of the most consistent surfers in the event, North beat out Jake Scott (Swanbourne), Phoenix Wilson (Dunsborough) and Ben Scott (Swanbourne), finishing over a two-wave total of 12.10.
“It was a really fun event and well done to the whole Yalls team,” North said.
“This is my first King of the Point event, but I don’t think it will be my last.”
Surfing WA Events Director Justin Majeks was thrilled with the outcome of this long-running and iconic event, congratulating everyone involved.
“A big shout out to everyone who went in the water this weekend,” Majeks said.
“I’m thrilled to see the King of the Point establishing itself as a ‘must see’ event on the Surfing WA calendar.
“A big shout out to all of our champions, finalists, participants and supporters, we simply can’t run events like this without you all.”