10 Jun king of the box 2014
The Burton Toyota KING of the BOX was finally completed in perfect 2-3 feet surf on the long weekend after originally being postponed in May.
The infamous wedging lefthanders of Box beach dished up the goods for the surfers & bodyboarders in this unique 1-day event that features both surfing & bodyboarding.
Event director Terry McKenna was ecstatic about the result .
“ Its one of the best spots to run an event I’ve ever seen,” said McKenna.
“ It breaks so close to shore and the nature of the wave lends itself to high performance surfing” he added.
The days started with the bodyboarding and from the get-go young Hawaiian rider Tanner McDaniel looked the man to beat.
He has been staying in Port Stephens for the last few months and looked at home with the shifty peaks. Local riders Kane Brewer & Anthony Thurlow were other early standouts in the bodyboard division.
In the surfing division the field was jammed packed with talent and the locals were well represented by Chris & Luke Michalak, Brett Weston, Kurtis Herman, Mitch Dawkings and Dane Stone.
They did have their work cut out for them though with Merewether local Jesse Adam making his intentions clear from the outset. Kieran Conway and Morgan Ciblic were two other riders that travelled up to the event and showed great form at their first KING of the BOX outing
Mitch Dawkings & the Michalak brothers blazed their way through to the semi finals along with the Kieran Conway and Morgan Ciblic.
Jesse Adam also powered through his heats with smooth polished performances and along with Chris Michalak, looked the men to beat.
The KING of the BOX also offered a “Legends” division that included the o/40 locals.
Last years winner Tim Spencer couldn’t go back to back and finished 4th behind Tony Bell & Dave Ellwell with Chilli Compton claiming his maiden title.
“I’m so stoked to just surf here with all the old crew,’ said Chilli.
“Its such a cool event, and I’ll be back next year to defend the title’”
Both the Juniors and Cadet bodyboard divisions were won by Tanner McDaniel.
Tanner posted a 17.5 and a 16.4 out of 20 in finals to beat Kane Brewer, who finished runner up in both divisions.
He boosted into several high-flying inverts to show why he is considered by many to be a potential future champion in the sport.
“Super stoked to win, I love this place,’ said the Hawaiian.
The light was fading as the Open Men’s final his the water and it was a wave-by-wave fight to the end.
Kurtis Herman was ripping in the semi’s and started the final strong. Chris Michalak also made a late charge but in the end Merewether’s Jesse Adam was just too classy, and claimed his first KING of the BOX crown in 2014.
“My mate Ryan Callinan won it last year and I was determined to do better this year,’ said Jesse.
“Its such a fun wave and this is just an awesome contest, cant wait till next year. Chris and Kurtis are so good out here, I’m stoked to win,” he added.
Everyone went back to the Port Stephens Country Club for the presentation with a special award was given to longtime local Andrew Lilly.
Andrew battled and defeated nose cancer last year and despite having to wear a protective facemask in his heats, showed why he earned the name “Tube-seeker” by the locals with a few deep barrels.
All in all the 2014 Burton Toyota KING of the BOX was a huge success and will be back bigger & better in 2015.
Massive thanks to Kim Burton for the major sponsorship and to all the staff that battled the elements to deliver an incredible day for all involved.
Special thanks to Graffiti Surf shop, House of Marley, Carve eyewear, K-Stars and Surfing NSW for the support.
All results can be found here http://www.ridescoremobile.com/surf/cache/draw-ibaa.html
By TEZ McKENNA
All images courtesy of Steve Elgar.