Kyuss King placed second in the final of the Subway Surf Series Pro Junior at Cronulla.
Kyuss King placed second in the final of the Subway Surf Series Pro Junior at Cronulla. Ethan Smith

Reef takes down Kyuss in final

BYRON Bay teenager Kyuss King was beaten in the men's final of the Subway Surf Series event at Cronulla yesterday.

He came up against an in-form Reef Heazlewood who notched up the highest heat score of the event with a 16.35 (out of a possible 20)

Kyuss is only 16 years old and put up a valiant effort but was unable to find the 8.85 wave score needed to snatch the top spot from Heazlewood.

"That was great to have a heat with Reef," Kyuss said.

"I really wanted to do well in this event following a poor start at Bells, so I'm stoked to do it here.

"Hopefully, I can get a few more over the course of the year."

Lennox Head surfer Mikey Wright won the first event of the year last week and made it as far as the semi-finals.

He was made to work for it after a hard-fought quarter-final win earlier in the competition.

"I had to change my boards around to suit the conditions and rode an epoxy, which felt a bit more sparky," Mikey said.

"Whichever way that heat went, I think I would have been happy following the result I got at Bells but it's definitely nice to back it up it up here."

In other results yesterday, Macy Callaghan continued her early tear through 2017, taking out the Women's division.

Following her recent wins at the World Junior Championship and the 2017 Carve Pro QS1000, Callaghan blew her opposition with her trademark style and flair to make it a hat-trick of victories.

Callaghan is now focused on making a solid mark on the Qualifying Series as she attempts to qualify for the World Championship Tour.

The next Surf Series event is at Avoca in March.



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