Weekend wavepower at Albany Wavefest

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Veteran power surfer Paul Dupuy is expected to highlight his expertise in the water as up to 80 contestants battle for honours in the 2012 Wavefest.

The hard-turning pharmacist narrowly missed out on back-to-back open men’s titles last year when he was beaten by then teenager Callan Beltrama at Parry’s Beach.

Beltrama has other ideas though, threatening to make it two in a row when he paddles into the same line up on Saturday that won him last year’s crown.

“Everyone’s a threat – everyone’s been giving me heaps in the water before the competition,” he said with humour.

“They’ve got it in for me, I reckon it’s going to be a very serious competition.”

Albany Boardriders president Aido Shepherd backed Dupuy as one of the hottest contenders this year, alongside Riess Hunt and Denmark youngster Lachy Ross who is expected to hold his own if conditions suit his small stature.

“(Dupuy) would be the main contender I’m sure,” Shepherd said.

“But all divisions will be pretty well covered and I’d say our under-12s will be one of the biggest.”

Shepherd went on to say the bracket of young surfers competing at Wavefest continued to swell, with bigger fields entering every year.

Meanwhile Shannon Armstrong will look to claim her fifth open women’s title.

But predictions suggest Armstrong will be challenged by Denmark’s Emi Campbell, who placed third in the under-18 junior women’s division at round two of the Chill WA Junior Surfing Title at Trigg Point last weekend.

Heat draws take place on Friday at the Stirling Club and presentation of division winners and the perpetual Wavefest trophy will occur on Sunday evening at the same venue.


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