Victory to Albany veteran Dupuy in opening round

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Albany veteran Paul Dupuy on his way to victory in the over-50 division.
Camera IconAlbany veteran Paul Dupuy on his way to victory in the over-50 division. Credit: Surfing WA/Justin Majeks

Albany’s Paul Dupuy shrugged off some tough opposition to claim an impressive victory in his age division at the opening event of the WA Surf Masters Titles in Margaret River at the weekend.

Dupuy reached two finals and took a win in his over-50 men’s category after an outstanding score at Big Rock off Gracetown.

In one of the most competitive divisions at the event, Dupuy posted the highest heat total of any final as his score of 17.27 from a possible 20 shot him to victory.

Dupuy defeated rivals Peter Cannon (14.1), Todd Taylor (12.43) and Murray Jacob (10.54) in the over-50 final.

Using his forehand and backhand powerfully to displace large amounts of water, Dupuy was thrilled to be competing against some old rivals.

“I’ve had a blast and really enjoyed competing here,” he said.

“It was a bit of a trip down memory lane competing against a bunch of guys I haven’t seen in years.”

He also made the over-45 men’s final but a score of 13.5 was only enough to grab third place behind City Beach winner Paul Paterson (16.66) and Ian Macpherson (15.33).

Competitors in the WA Surf Masters Titles are vying to represent WA at the Australian Surf Championships in NSW in August.

The second event of the WA titles will be held in Geraldton in June.

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