Kieren Perrow inset and at the Fijian Pro in 2013.
Kieren Perrow inset and at the Fijian Pro in 2013. Asprobertson

Perrow’s career to be celebrated at the Northern

THE Byron Bay surfing community will be celebrating the successful career of recently retired surfing great Kieren Perrow at the Great Northern Hotel tomorrow night from 6pm.

The event is being hosted by Byron Bay Boardriders and the Great Northern Hotel.

Byron Bay Boardriders vice-president Neil Cameron said the event was the celebration of a successful career coming to an end.

"It's a chance for his friends and the community to come together on the night and pay their respects, not only to a great surfer, but also a great person," he said. "The main reason we made Kieren a life member was because we want young surfers to look up to people like Kieren and learn off him, and see him as a role model."

Perrow, who has been involved with the Byron Bay Boardriders since he was 13, said the organisation, and the community more broadly, had always been really supportive of his career since he was a junior.

"That's where I started my career essentially," he said. "To be able to represent Byron has been great.

"Now that I've retired, when I'm not travelling, I'd like to be more involved with the club and pass on the knowledge.

"Some of the junior kids, there's a lot of potential around here."

Perrow, who has surfed professionally for over 10 years, will be taking up the reins this year as commissioner of peak surfing body ASP - Association of Surfing Professionals.

He said the new role would involve everything from rules and regulations to judging and athlete benefits and general improvements across the board.

Money raised on the night will go towards former Suffolk Park local Mitchell Bamping, who was recently involved in an accident which left him a quadriplegic. Surfboards donated by Tyler and Owen Wright will be on auction, as well as limited-edition commemorative Kieren Perrow T-shirts and lucky door prizes to help raise funds.

Children will be allowed free entry, however there will be a $10 entry fee for adults.

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