Title win for WA surfing veteran
Gracetown surfer Dave Macaulay has proved he’s still a force to be reckoned with after winning the Azores Airlines World Masters Championship in Portugal.
The father and mentor of upand-coming surfing star Bronte Macaulay had stiff competition from other legends of the sport who came out of retirement to take part in the specialty event last week.
It was the former world No.3’s first World Surf League world championship victory. The 54- year-old got off to a strong start in the final against Hawaii’s Shane Beschen, with two sevenpoint rides setting him apart early.
“It’s been an unbelievable week — we’ve had an absolute ball,” Macaulay said.
The former professional surfer changed careers from surfing in 1993, and is well known as one WA’s best surfboard shapers.
He has mentored and helped his daughters Laura and Bronte forge their surfing careers, with Bronte, 24, ranked 16th in the women’s tour standings.
“I’ve had a very fortunate life, being able to keep surfing after the tour, all my kids surf and it’s just insane,” he said.
Veteran Australian surf champion Layne Beachley won the women’s division.
Dave Macaulay celebrates his win.