callinan crowned king of the box


callinan crowned king of the box


Newcastle’s Ryan Callinan put on an aerial show to take out the annual King of the Box competition at Box Beach.

DESPITE a small field the inaugural surfing event at the annual King of the Box produced some amazing surfing.

The left-hand break at Box Beach, Port Stephens provided the perfect setting for a spectacular air show led by Merwether board-riders Ryan Callinan, Jesse Adam, Jackson Baker and Travis Lynch.

Callinan took out the open title winning himself a ticket to Hawaii after producing a highlights reel that any current tour surfer would be proud of.

The goofy-footer had just returned home after finishing equal-ninth at the $250,000 ASP Men’s Prime event on the Portuguese Azores islands and he was out to put on a show.

Runner-up Lynch has wound back the clock in 2013 having a stellar year.

The local surf-guard would be well out in front of the Merewether surfboard club title after some stand-out performances.

Jesse Adam made it a Merewether trifecta finishing third.

Illawarra’s Nicholas Squiers was a stand-out in his early heats but struggle to land any big scores in the final.

Northern Beaches youngster Holly Wawn took out the women’s final from Merewether’s Sarah Pehlan and Ruby Bortolus with Maddi Poole finishing fourth.

The Legends final was a closely fought affair and was eventually taken out by Tim Spencer.

Simon Hassen finished a close second with Tez McKenna and Chilli filling out the minor placings.

Jackson Baker won himself a trip to Bali courtesy of a big win in the junior division.

Illawarra’s Harry Steele put in a fine performance finishing second with Jake Constantinidis and Todd Edmund taking out the third and fourth spots respectively.

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Official results from the King of the Box held at Box Beach, Port Stephens

Open Surfing

1st     Ryan Callinan (NSW)

2nd    Travis Lynch (NSW)

3rd     Jesse Adam (NSW)

4th     Nick Squires (NSW)

Women Surfing

1st    Holly Wawn (NSW)

2nd   Sarah Phelan (NSW)

3rd    Ruby Bortellous (NSW)

4th    Madi Poole (NSW)


1st    Tim Spencer (NSW)

2nd    Simon Hassen (NSW)

3rd    Teza Mckenna (NSW)

4th    Chilli (NSW)

Pro Men’s Bodyboarding

1st    Lachie Cramsie (QLD)

2nd    George Humphries (WA)

3rd    Dallas Singer (NSW)

4th    Matt McCan (NSW)

 Pro Women’s Bodyboarding

1st    Lauren Frost (NSW)

2nd   Brooke Wood (NSW)

3rd    Eryn Leggett (NSW)

Pro DK

1st    Nathan Graham (NSW)

2nd    Jimmy Lear (NSW)

3rd    Adam Cheers (NSW)

4th    Tom Frame (NSW)

Grant Sproule
Grant Sproule

Grant Sproule has worked in Newspapers and Surf Media for 22 years and is also graphic designer and photographer. His eye for detail and deep passion for surfing has led him to develop one of Australia's leading Surf Magazines. Grant Started shooting surfing at a young age and is now regarded as an industry pro.

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