KING of the BOX a huge success.


The 2019 Burton automotive KING of the BOXsurfing competition enjoyed perfect waves and weather last weekend as a huge rollup of Australia’s best surfers converged on the area for the two day event.

More than $5000 was given away across five divisions with local surfer Kurtis Hermansnatching victory from experienced opponents.

Kurtis only entered the competition a few days before the cut-off when his mother paid online to give her son the opportunity to compete. Kurtis had to borrow a board and wetsuit and had no leg-rope for the entire duration of the competition making his win all that more special.

“ Thanks to everyone who helped me complete, I really never expected to win” said Kurtis.

Second position went to North Narrabeen local Dylan Moffatt,third-place Maddy Jobfrom Burleigh heads and forth position was local favourite Chris Michalak.

In the over 40 legends division Mitch Dawkingsproved too strong to take the title for a second time.

In the Junior division Foster local Ross Caddenshowed great wave selection and technique to defeat a quality field.

The women’s division was won by Elly Clayton-Brownfrom Anna Bay, and Eden Hassonwon the cadets under 16 boys final.

Competitors enjoyed two action packed days of perfect surf and some great entertainment at the Shoal Bay Country Club for the presentations.

Competition director Teza McKennasaid this was the biggest and best year of the competition thus far in its 7 year history.

This event is really gaining momentum. It’s becoming one of the most popular boutique surfing events in Australia, mainly due to the nature of the wave at box beach. People also enjoy the experience of Port Stephens in general.” said Tez.

Plans are already underway for a bigger and better event in 2020.

The event was supported by Burton automotive, Port Stephens Council and the Shoal Bay Countryclubas well as numerous small businesses throughout the bay.

Kurtis Herman – 2019 KING of the BOX