Byron Bay’s Kieren Perrow in action at Bells Beach earlier this year.
Byron Bay’s Kieren Perrow in action at Bells Beach earlier this year.

Lucky 13 for Kieren Perrow

Suffolk Park professional surfer Kieren Perrow has had a good year on the World Championship Tour (WCT), finishing equal 13th – his best result since 2003.

In the final surf event for 2009, the Pipeline Masters in Hawaii, Perrow tamed one eight-foot monster to grab a perfect 10.

“That is one of the most exciting moments of the year,” he said.

“To be able to surf Pipeline when it’s not crowded and to have thousands of people on the beach watching, it really gets you pumped.”

The 32-year-old said he had no nerves paddling out to one of the world’s biggest breaks, which provided the perfect wave for him to earn his perfect score.

“The surf was about as good as it gets that day, six to eight foot and flawless,” Perrow said.

“You can see the good waves coming and I could tell this one was going to be crazy when it hit the outer reef.

“I just managed to sneak under the lip and hold on.

“I didn’t know if I was going to make it out but when I did I really claimed it.”

Now safe and sound back in his home town, Perrow and his wife Danielle are awaiting the birth of their second child early in January.

The new arrival will have to compete for attention with five-year-old Tosh, but Perrow says there’s plenty of room for both.

“It’s a cruisy start to the year. I don’t have much on so I am looking forward to spending the summer at home with my family,” he said.

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