Perrow backs the Point
By STEVE SPINKS
BYRON BAY World Tour surfer Keiren Perrow has thrown his support behind surfing company Rip Curl and its bid to hold the Rip Curl Pro Search at Lennox Point.
Perrow, who spent yesterday out of the surf due to the postponement of the Quiksilver Pro at Snapper Rocks because of poor waves, said he believes the famed point break would be an ideal venue for a World Tour event.
"Definitely," enthused the 31-year-old.
"It's a great wave obviously.
"It can be kind of fickle but there is good enough waves in the area, especially through winter when we pick up those really big southerlies."
Concern of environmental damage to the Point has already been raised by some locals, and the surfers at Lennox are notorious for wanting to keep their break a secret, even though it is rated as one of the best places to surf in Australia.
"It will be interesting to see if there is any local support for it," Perrow said.
"In the past some of the guys have not been too happy about contests there."
Should Rip Curl get the OK from locals and the Ballina Shire Council, Perrow has no doubt he and fellow World Tour surfer and Byron Bay local Danny Wills would have an%advantage.
"I think so," the former World No 7 said.
"I surf it a lot and would feel very comfortable."
While Lennox has long held major surf carnivals such as the Rusty Gromfest and the All Girls Showdown off Seven Mile Beach, it's%believed a big professional event has never been held at the Point.
Should the Rip Curl Search go ahead, there is the possibility that a local surfer from either Lennox or Ballina could get a wildcard into the main event.
There are rumours that, while Lennox Head is the number one choice by Rip Curl for the Search, Angourie is also a contender to host the event.
Back at the Quiksilver Pro, Perrow will take on Australian Michael Campbell in the second round today should the surf improve, after losing to Dean Morrison in round one earlier this week.
It's Perrow's first carnival back on the World Tour after he lost his place in the top 45 in 2005.
The Byron local managed to defeat Danny Wills in the three-man heat, but Morrison comfortably claimed the heat win.
Wills will take on South African Jordy Smith in the second round.
Meanwhile, the Le-Ba Board-%riders Club claimed the Simon%Anderson Premier Club Award at the Surfing Australian awards night earlier this week at the Twin Town Services Club.
While former United States surfing champ Rusty Miller, recently in the spotlight as Elle MacPherson's surfing coach, took the Lifestyle Award home to Byron Bay.