Who Is King Of The Box?

22 Aug 2017 0

COASTALWATCH | EVENT

Story by Teza McKenna
Photos by Mr Mysto

The 2017 Burton Automotive King of the Box finished off with perfect 4-6 feet surf at Boxy in the NSW Hunter region on the weekend. A huge crowd braved the cold to witness the best semis and finals ever seen in the history of the event.

Nic Squires & Mitch Dawkings went blow for both with Squires squeaking past Mitch by 0.10 point to claim the title. "I have a long history with the wave" said Squires. "My Nan used to live up here when I was young so I used to sneak down and get tubed as a kid. So I feel like I have an affinity with the wave".

Mitch Dawkings wooed the crowd with his positioning and deep tube rides, but Squires ballistic backhand was just too strong in the end.

The junior finals was a see-saw affair with local surfer Josh Stretton winning his first crown.

Brent "Red Dawg" Symes won the Legends expression session.

Overall the 2017 KING of the BOX was another resounding success and organisers are already talking about a bigger and better event in 2018.

RESULTS:

Open Men: 1st Nic Squires Scarborough, 2nd Mitch Dawkins Port Stephens, 3rd Kurtis Herman Port Stephens, 4th Rohan Watts Belmont

Juniors: 1st Joshua Stretton Port Stephens, 2nd Ross Cadden Forster, 3rd Joel Buxton Norah Head, 4th Eddy Hamaty Bulli

Girls: 1st Kira-Belle Olson Avoca, 2nd Abbey Paxton Byron Bay, Tied 3rd Jas Sampson & Elle Clayton-Brown Port Stephens

Legends: Brent Symes

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