Koester Is King and Big Name Exits Down Under

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Philip Koester takes his first win with new sponsors, Severne, at the Lancelin Classic in Western Australia. Koester asserted his dominance yet again, but the shock story (to some) is who placed second and third.

WA’s Glenn Alexander took out Scott McKercher and then finished second, whilst Britain’s own Graham Woods beat Jaeger Stone to make his way to the final where he finished 3rd ahead of Ben Severne. It’s awesome to see a mix up like this, here’s the full report from the event press office and Boardseeker will have more info soon.

Scott McKercher, takes an early exit...
Scott McKercher, takes an early exit…

2 times world Wave champion Philip Koster has pulled off a remarkable double forward loop to secure victory in the final of the elite Wave competition at the Lancelin Ocean Classic on Thursday.

Runner up, WA’s Glenn Alexander actually scored higher in the wave-riding component but was overcome by the 19-year-old German’s aerial brilliance that included a gutsy one-footed back loop.

England’s Graham Woods took third place ousting Aussie Ben Severne in their final.

Mother nature delivered some of the best conditions the tournament has seen for this year’s opening event. A 20-knot breeze combined with four to six foot waves had spectators licking their lips.

The early heats saw a couple of shock results with local hero Jaeger Stone and another pre-event favourite Scott McKercher both failing to progress passed the second round. Stone was eliminated by Woods while McKercher fell to Alexander.

Tomorrow sees the elite kite surfers do battle in the waves event before Saturday’s blue ribbon event, the marathon Windsurfing race.

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