Jack jumps to top of Oz
Margaret River export Jack Robinson has collected the top male prize in the 36th Australian Surfing Awards.
Commentators Ronnie and Vaughan Blakey chaired the televised event, at which WA’s Jodie Cooper was inducted to the surfing Hall of Fame, and Stephanie Gilmore was named the country’s best female surfer.
The judges singled out Robinson for wins at Pipeline and Sunsets.
“He is well and truly on his way,” Vaughan Blakey said.
“The reason why he has to be the Australian surfer of the year is because we were all glued to that last event at Sunset Beach.
“It was his last chance to qualify. He had to win the event.
“And he did it in spectacular circumstances. We might have one of the greatest vortex shamans on our hands.”
Ronnie said Robinson “delivered a performance that is going to be spoken about, in the history of surfing, for a long, long time”.
The female rising star award went to Molly Picklum, while Dakoda Walters won the men’s award.
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