Ti­tle win for WA surf­ing vet­eran

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Sport - Kate Ryan

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.

Pic­ture: @ WSL / Ma­surel

Dave Ma­caulay cel­e­brates his win.

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