Winner Kieren Perrow.
Winner Kieren Perrow.

Perrow wins again

FORMER World Championship Tour surfer, Byron Bay local Kieren Perrow, claimed his third Easter Classic crown at Broken Head yesterday.

After a slow start the natural-footer staked his claim to the title with eight minutes remaining, scoring a 9.17 for a right-hander on which he unleashed a devastating array of vertical re-entries, to claim his second win in the space of a week after taking out the Margaret River Masters in Western Australia last weekend.

Perrow's other wins at the Easter Classic were in 1998 and 1999. He is now the only surfer to have won it three times.

In an event dominated by Byron Bay and Lennox Head-Ballina surfers, Perrow won after a last-minute wave from another Byron local, Jarrad Sullivan, fell just short of overhauling Perrow's lead.

One- to two-metre testing conditions made it a battle of strength and wave selection, with a flurry of waves from all surfers in the final minutes leaving the result in doubt until the final siren.

Lennox Head surfer James Wood placed third, with another Byron local, Luke Stickley, fourth after leading for most of the 25-minute final. Three days of competition climaxed with the finals yesterday. The women's competition concluded on Friday, with the finals of seven other divisions from Under-12s to Over-50 years yesterday.

The surfing was of an exceptional standard, and even the wild weather could not stop competitors and spectators enjoying the 32nd annual Easter Classic.

The event is now held in memory of former Byron Bay Boardriders president Ben King.

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