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HIF Pro Am Series champs crowned in pumping surf

Women's champion at Rottnest Claire Bevilacqua © Surfing WA/Majeks
Claire Bevilacqua © Surfing WA/Majeks


HIF Pro Am Series

Surfing Western Australia
Rottnest Island, Western Australia
29 - 30 April 2017

HIF Pro Am Series champs crowned in pumping surf

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 30 April, 2017 - Strickland Bay - Luke Campbell and Claire Bevilacqua have shown their class and experience in pristine conditions on Rottnest Island, to claim exciting victories at stop two of the Health Insurance Fund of Australia (HIF) WA Pro Am Series presented by SunSmart.

Displaying great skill and ability in the powerful reef break off Strickland Bay, Campbell and Bevilacqua mastered the 4-6 feet (2 metre) swells to confirm their status as two of WA’s most successful competitive surfers.

The opening weekend of the Rottnest Surf Festival saw nine State Champions crowned, as surfers from across WA went 'all-out' in hopes of representing the state at the Australian Surf Festival in the Tweed Region, NSW in July. 

“We’ve been treated to classic autumn waves at one of WA’s most iconic locations,” said Surfing Western Australia Events Manager Justin Majeks. “There’s a lot of surfing history on Rottnest Island and I feel like we’ve etched another thrilling chapter to that story this weekend."

The 25-minute Open Men’s finals saw Campbell draw from his years of experience at the elite level to take down some of the best surfers in the state in a one sided match-up. 

Wielding an amazing array of high-speed backhand manoeuvres, Campbell opened the final with an excellent 8.83 (from a possible 10) and backed it up with a solid 7.0 to finish on a combined total of 15.83 (from a possible 20).

Despite glimpses of excellence from Jerome Forrest (Margaret River), Jolan Bonelli (Margaret River) and Pascal Hutchinson, Campbell was on the best waves on offer and made the most of his opportunities.

“That’s about as good as it gets,” said Campbell. “This is my first event back from a pretty serious injury, and to score great waves and epic weather is exactly what you come to Rottnest for.”

Despite the second place finish, Jerome Forrest captured his fourth consecutive Open Men’s State Titles after winning in Margaret River in February.
“I’m stoked to have captured the State Title,” said Forrest. “I’ve been able to defend it for a couple of years now and this 2017 series has been by far the best as far as waves and conditions go, so it definitely feels like I’ve earned it.”

Former World Championship Tour surfer Claire Bevilacqua, showed the form that has her currently sitting in 5th position on the World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) ratings. 
Surfing with great speed and power, Bevilacqua scored excellently every time she hit the water, taking down Denver Young (Yallingup), Emi Campbell (Denmark) and Kirri Bolton (Fremantle) in the Open Women’s division.

“I love Rottnest Island, it’s probably one of my favourite places in the whole world,” said Bevilacqua. “It’s clean, the waves are good, and it’s like a paradise island right here in WA.”
The win sees Bevilacqua secure the Open Women’s State Title for 2017.
“These events mean so much to me and I’m going to be chasing all the QS events for the remainder of the year to see where it takes me.”
Cyrus Cox (Margaret River) was amongst a group of young first-time surfers on Rottnest Island, but he found the waves at Strickland Bay to his liking, dropping some massive scores on his way to a closely fought win in the Under-21 Pro Junior division.
Just 0.07 separated the Cox and his close friend Jolan Bonelli (Margaret River) when the final siren sounded, but it was Bonelli who captured the State Titles with the runner-up finish.

Margaret River’s Andrew Sheridan made a welcome return the HIF Pro Am Series in 2017, capturing his first State Title in almost a decade in the Over-35 Masters division.
Sheridan was unstoppable in the Masters final, scoring the ‘HIF Wave of the Weekend’ for a near perfect 9.50 (from a possible 10) on his way to the win.
Sheridan defeated Neil Thompson (Scarborough), Simon Hughes (Waterman’s Bay) and Peter McCallum (Scarborough) and was stoked to be back on Rottnest.
“I can’t remember the last time I was here on Rotto,” said Sheridan. “The waves have been really fun and it’s been a great series with pumping waves here and in Margaret River.”
Paul Paterson (City Beach) won the hotly contested Over-40 Senior Masters State Title, scoring the highest two-wave combined total of the event, 17.66 (from a possible 20).
Tommy Triggwell (Yallingup) was too good in the Over-45 Grand Masters division, claiming his maiden State Title in the age group with some razor sharp backhand surfing.

In other results from the weekend, Margaret River’s Brad Cowan won the Over-50 Legends State Title, while North Beach’s Ian Darby won both the Over-55 Kahuna’s and Over-60’s Dukes division.
The Rottnest Surf Festival will continue next week with the Stand Up Surf Shop Rottnest Classic & WA SUP Titles, which will commence on Thursday.

“After such a great event this weekend, we’re excited to welcome some of Australia’s very best stand up paddleboarders to Rottnest Island later this week,” said Surfing Western Australia’s Justin Majeks.

Open Men:
1. Luke Campbell (Margaret River) - 15.83
2. Jerome Forrest (Margaret River) - 10.63
3. Jolan Bonelli (Margaret River) - 7.14  
4. Pascal Hutchinson (Sorrento) - 6.77
2017 State Champion – Jerome Forrest
Open Women:
1. Claire Bevilacqua (Yallingup) - 30.17
2. Denver Young (Yallingup) - 21.47
3. Emi Campbell (Denmark) - 18.90
4. Kirri Bolton (Fremantle) - 14.97
*Combined totals from two finals

2017 State Champion – Claire Bevilacqua
Under-21 Pro Junior:
1. Cyrus Cox (Margaret River) - 16.50
2. Jolan Bonelli (Margaret River) - 16.43
3. Anthony Spencer (Trigg) - 11.00
4. Quinn Nation (Trigg) - 8.20
2017 State Champion – Jolan Bonelli
Over-35 Master Men:
1. Andrew Sheridan (Margaret River) - 16.83
2. Neil Thompson (Scarborough) - 12.13
3. Simon Hughes (Waterman's Bay) - 11.53
4. Peter McCallum (Scarborough) - 4.83
2017 State Champion – Andrew Sheridan
Over-40 Senior Master Men:
1. Paul Paterson (City Beach) - 17.66
2. Tommy Triggwell (Yallingup) - 14.77  
3. Andrew Sheridan (Margaret River) - 11.90
4. Torryn Crocker (Claremont) - 11.86
2017 State Champion – Paul Paterson

Over-45 Grand Master Men: 
1. Tommy Triggwell (Yallingup) - 15.16
2. Shane Drew (Mandurah) - 9.83  
3. Torryn Crocker (Claremont) - 9.47
4. Darron McNab (Karrinyup) - 6.17
2017 State Champion – Tommy Triggwell

Over-50 Legend Men:
1. Brad Cowan (Margaret River) - 13.40
2. Adrian Shepherd (Albany) - 11.37  
3. Ian Darby (North Beach) - 9.50
4. Glenn Williams (Hillarys) – 7.60
2017 State Champion – Brad Cowan
Over-55 Kahuna Men:
1. Ian Darby (North Beach) – 19.50
2. Steve Williams (Karrinyup) – 17.76
3. Leon Norris (Geraldton) – 14.13
*Combined totals from two finals
2017 State Champion – Ian Darby
 Over-60 Duke Men:
1. Ian Darby (North Beach) - 19.50
2. Leon Norris (Geraldton) - 14.13
*Combined totals from two finals
2017 State Champion – Ian Darby

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