KIAMA SURF BEACH, KIAMA (Sunday, September 1st, 2019): HUNTER NICHOLLS TAKES PRO JUNIOR TITLE FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW. CASTILLO IN RED HOT FORM. HUGE NUMBERS ENJOY THE FIRST DAY OF SPRING AT SURF BEACH.
Mens Round 2
Heat 1: Hayato Enokido 1st, Dudu Pedra 2nd, Liam Lucas 3rd.
Heat 2: Michael Ostler 1st, Mike Stewart 2nd, Blake Tabone 3rd.
Heat 3: Maxime Castillo 1st, John Cruickshank 2nd, Nathan James 3rd.
Heat 4: Sammy Morretino 1st, Davis Blackwell 2nd, Greg Howlett 3rd.
Heat 5: Nathan Wilson 1st, Mitch Rawlins 2nd, Manuel Cepeda 3rd.
Heat 6: Joshua B. Kirkman 1st, Travis Trigger Smith 2nd, Toby Player 3rd.
Heat 7: Lachlan Cramsie 1st, Eder Luciano 2nd, Cristobal Fernandez 3rd.
Heat 8: Tristan Roberts 1st, Miguel Ferreira 2nd, Silas Ganciar 3rd.
Pro Junior Results:
Final: Hunter Nicholls 1st, Declan Clough 2nd, Sam Giddy 3rd, Tobey Ring 4th
1st Danicelly Vallejos (CHILE)
2nd Kaylah Pisani (AUSTRALIA)
Kiama Surf Beach provided another great day of competition at the Kiama Bodyboard King Pro presented by Stojo. A cleaner east swell buffeted the coastline, providing some classic conditions at one of Australia’s most famous wedges. The day’s competition included the Pro Junior event, Round 2 of the Pro Men’s division and a women’s expression session.
HUNTER NICHOLLS TAKES OUT THE PRO JUNIOR TITLE FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW
For the second year in a row, the Kiama Bodyboard King Pro included a Pro Junior division comprising around 20 young competitors from the Kiama region and beyond. These riders took to the water early in the day and put on some impressive displays in the lead up to the Pro Men’s Round 2.
The early standout and eventual winner of the day’s event Hunter Nicholls was in strong form from the very beginning of the day, posting consistently high heat score totals, finding the bigger waves and air sections. Despite Nicholls being in dominant form throughout the day, the final was a much tighter battle, seeing him fend off Declan Clough to win with 10.58 to Clough’s 9.62.
Nicholl’s was visibly stoked with his result, remarking little more than that he was ‘frothing’ about the result. For his efforts, Nicholls was awarded a 500 dollar travel voucher from Finlayson and Kirkman Personal Travel Managers for the second year in a row. With his voucher from the previous year, Nicholls was able to attend the Pro Junior World Championship in Viana, Portugal. During his acceptance speech, Nicholl’s was unsure as to whether he would be venturing to Portugal again. Let’s wait and see if the froth levels remain high for the young rider.
A huge thanks to Steve Kirkman for making this donation for the second year in a row.
CASTILLO IN SCINTILLATING FORM TO PROGRESS TO ROUND 3
Maxime Castillo (France) had a slow start to his competitive year in 2019, struggling to lock in a strong result for much of the South American leg of the tour up until he stepped up onto the podium in Antofagasta. A rough start to the Kiama Pro for Castillo hinted that his form may have lapsed, but in Round 2 all doubt was removed as to the danger the young Frenchman poses in this event.
Castillo could seemingly do no wrong in his match up with Australian competitive stalwart John Cruickshank and Nathan James, locking in numerous back up scores that would have seen him win the heat without his aerial clinic.
Castillo launched two air reverses to finish the heat with a combined total of 17.63, which is his highest total ever in APB World Tour competition. This total was achieved with a full rotation air reverse on a larger set wave that saw the young Frenchman projected into the flats and awarded a 9.33, and which was followed up by another air reverse on a smaller wave that saw him awarded 8.25.
Castillo was stoked with the result and hoping to continue this form into the next heats:
“That first reverse was my best score in the APB ever and I was very happy to do it. Normally, I wouldn’t have needed those scores with what the other riders had, so hopefully I can do it again when competition restarts.”
Castillo also remarked that even though he holds a strong result from Antofagasta, he is not looking to the world title race yet.
“I will just take this step by step. My first priority is top ten this year. If more good results come my way, then I will think bigger. I am just loving being here and Kiama and I really love the wave. I will be happy as far as I can go.”
Rider: Tristan Roberts (STH AFRICA)
OTHER NOTABLE MENTIONS
The day’s competition also included a women’s specialty heat that saw Kaylah Pisani (AUSTRALIA) and Danicelly Vallejos of Chile enjoy the clean wedging conditions at Surf Beach. Both riders did their best in the playful conditions but it was the Chilean from Antofagasta who took out first place.
In her acceptance speech Vallejos thanked the organisers and crowd for enjoying the event and also expressed her hopes that next year the Women might be able to return for a grand slam.
The Kiama Bodyboard King Pro presented by Stojo is predicted to recommence Tuesday.
The Association of Professional Bodyboarding (APB) can run from August 31 to September 8 and will use Kiama Surf Beach as the prime event location. Shark Island in Cronulla and Mystics in Minnamurra will serve as backup locations.
The Kiama Bodyboard King Pro is the only Association of Professional Bodyboarding (APB) World Tour event in Australia.
For more information please visit www.surfingaustralia.com/nsw or www.apbtour.com/kiama.
The Kiama Bodyboard King Pro is proudly supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW. Destination Kiama is a proud sponsor of the annual event. The event is a collaboration between Surfing NSW and APB to run and host Australia’s largest bodyboard event.