Shepherd rides a wave of success in Pro Am Series

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Veteran Albany surf competitor and high-level coach Adrian Shepherd booked his place at the Australian Surf Festival later this year after narrowly missing out on a State title in the over-50 legend men’s division at the final round of the WA Pro Am Series at the weekend.

Held in solid conditions off Strickland Bay, Rottnest Island, Shepherd contested both the over-50 men and over-45 grand master men’s division at the second and final round of the State series.

Shepherd produced impressive results in the early heats on his way to progressing to the over-50 men’s final where he took second with a combined two-wave total of 11.37 points.

Margaret River’s Brad Cowan pipped Shepherd in the four-man final, scoring 13.4 points to win round 2 and also claim a very close State crown.

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Cowan became the 2017 State champion with 3340 points, just 160 points ahead of Shepherd (3180 points) who finished ahead of him in the opening round at Margaret River.

The pair both secured their places in the WA team that will contest the shortboard national championships in the Tweed Region in New South Wales in July.

Shepherd also finished seventh overall in the State series for the over-45 category, but failed to reach that final at the weekend.

Former Denmark resident Emi Campbell finished third in the highly-competitive open women’s final at Rottnest.

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