Championship dream over on Tweed Coast
Albany veteran Paul Dupuy’s run at the Australian Surf Championships has come to an end, falling short of reaching the semifinals in the over-40 and over-45 divisions on the Tweed Coast in New South Wales this week.
Dupuy represented WA in two division at the Australian Shortboard Titles.
His best result was in the over-45 men’s division, reaching the third round, where he narrowly missed out on a semifinal berth.
Dupuy finished second in his opening round heat with a combined score of 6.6 behind NSW’s Col Bernasconi.
Scores of 4.25 and 4 in the second round helped Dupuy score 8.25 and he finished second to Mick Hassett.
He performed well in the third round heat but a combined score of 8.65 was not enough to progress to the semis. Dupuy automatically transferred to the second round of the over-40s, but in a highly competitive round 2 heat, he was eliminated after finishing fourth.
His best scores came late in the heat, but a combined total of 8.3 left him fourth behind Rob Hazelwood (14.5), Troy Dowker (10.25) and fellow WA surfer Ian McPherson (9.05).
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