Scoot Burleigh Pro Wrap Up
While all the hype has been on the Volcom Pipe Pro in Hawaii, the past weekend also saw the Qualifying Series Scoot Pro (presented by Vissla) return to beautiful Burleigh Heads. With the competition pool consisting of some of the world’s best surfers, it was Australia’s Mitch Crews and Dimity Stoyle who took out the Pro events in small, yet fun conditions.
Crews, who surfed the World Championship Tour in 2014 was unfortunate to make it back for a second year, though his performance at Burleigh proved that he might have what it takes to qualify for next year. On the other hand, Stoyle remains on the World Tour for 2015, with this event win further solidifying her position to compete against the world’s best.
The men’s final saw Crews meet Burleigh boy Jay ‘Bottle’ Thompson, Lincoln Taylor and Adam Melling. Mitch showcased his combination skills in the dying minutes to overtake Thompson for the win, using his powerful and signature styled surfing.
“I was bummed after my first heat at this event because I didn’t feel like I surfed well enough to get through,” Crews said. “So to now be on the podium feels incredible. I had a great year on the CT last year and I leant a lot but I didn’t requalify. So to start 2015 with a win is perfect, it’s been a while since I won something and it’s feeling pretty good.”
Burleigh Heads also holds a special place in surfing history, making the Scoot Pro that little bit more incredible. It was in 1977 that Michael ‘MP’ Peterson won the first man-on-man surfing competition. Over the weekend the surfing legends ashes were spread, as the whole event watched on to honor the man himself and pay their respects.
*Imagery by WSL