Perrow tames Margaret River
BYRON Bay's Kieren Perrow yesterday won the six-star prime-rated Drug Aware Pro Margaret River, Western Australia, beating Portugal's Tiago Pires in testing three-metre (10ft) surf.
It was Perrow's first ASP victory and his most important career win to date, with prizemoney of $US15,000, together with 3000 points ? the highest possible points on the ASP World Qualifying Series.
The historic win sets up Perrow with his greatest chance to requalify for the Fosters ASP World Tour in 2008.
Yesterday's performance was all the more exceptional given that finalists were forced to surf five heats in seriously large and stormy surf ? a challenge which saw both finalists on the verge of exhaustion nearing the end of the final.
In a very one-sided final, Perrow opened early with a strong 7.67-point ride and backed that up shortly after with a 6.7 to put enormous pressure on his opponent. Perrow won with a final score of 14.34 to Pires on 7.36.
Perrow surfed on the elite Fosters ASP World Tour from 2002 to 2004, achieving a career-high world rating of six in 2003. After starting a family in 2004, he chose to miss a number of events.