A proud win goes to Raglan’s Billy Stairmand, who has won the 2019 Gold Coast Open last Sunday taking down Lennox Head’s Stuart Kennedy in a thrilling final in peeling 2-3ft waves at Burleigh Point.
Crowds swarmed to the Burleigh Hill in the thousands to witness some world-class surfing in the natural amphitheatre that is Burleigh Point on our local Gold Coast.
Stairmand scored a combined heat total of 15.30 – enough to edge out his opponent. Kennedy required an 8.85 to take the win, but the Tasman Sea was on Stairmand’s side. The ocean stood still for the remainder of the heat, effectively depriving Kennedy of a chance to find a high score.
“It feels crazy, it feels really good,” Stairmand offered afterward. “I’ve been having a great week, staying with some friends, looking after myself and eating good food. I knew Stuey was a gnarly competitor, and the waves haven’t been too big, so it could’ve been tough.”
“I’m not too big, though, so I work well in small waves!” laughed Stairmand.
Stairmand finished third at the Mothernest Great Lakes Pro earlier in the year, then finished fifth at the Krui Pro, Sumatra a little over a week ago. His win today at the Gold Coast Open presented by Flight Centre is his first of the 2019 World Qualifying Series season. It pushes him well up the QS rankings to 47th and sets him up for an incredible run into the remainder of the season.
“I’d like to thank my mum, who passed away a couple of years ago,” Stairmand said as he dedicated his win to her. “To win the event on Mother’s Day is pretty special. I’m sure she was looking down at me.”
Cooly local Kai Tandler wrapped up a notable score in the Gold Coast 1500s, scoring 5thplace in the qualifying series. Great work!
If you wanna check out the board Billy Stairmand rides in the series, click here.