Port Stephens Locals Lighting The Beacon For King Of The Box 2020

Local Brett Weston hovering through a Boxy portal during 2018’s King Of The Box.


AS Public Health Orders around sporting competitions and outdoor activities ease further many events are starting to tentatively announce their recommencement in this new COVID world.

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This year’s Burton Toyota King Of The Box surfing event looked like it was going to be postponed indefinitely but now Event Director Teza McKenna has announced that the competition will go ahead at the end of September.

Usually scheduled to capture the tail end of the Winter swells at Box Beach in August the event will be pushed back to ensure all health and safety measures can be facilitated.

“The event looked to be in real trouble during our early planning processes but with Surfing Australia and NSW restarting competitions soon it gave us a good indication of when we can bring King Of The Box back to Port Stephens,” said Teza.

“Box Beach has one of the most unique left-hand wedges in the world that breaks super close to shore, it’s always a great spectacle.

“With being locked away for so long with the health crisis, everyone will be pumped to get back to competing and catching up in general.”

In an innovative configuration the contest will once again utilise a two-week waiting period to ensure the best possible conditions.

Organisers will call the event “on” the Tuesday afternoon prior to the first weekend once it’s established that the right amount of swell will be available.

Teza said this way competitors and spectators can be sure that the weekend delivers on all fronts.

“It’s a natural amphitheater with a high performance wave that is suited to deep tubes and huge airs,” said Teza.

“The fun doesn’t stop on the beach with a huge afterparty planned at the Country Club Hotel,” he added.

The event is scheduled to run on the 19th and 20th of September or the 26th and 27th of September with over $5000 in cash and prizes up for grabs.

Locals, Kurtis Herman (Opens), Mitch Dawkings (Legends), Elle Clayton-Brown (Womens), and Eden Hasson (Cadets) will be looking to repeat their title wins from 2019.

For more information on entry and event rundowns head to https://www.facebook.com/TheKINGoftheBOX/ and hit @kingoftheboxcomp on Instagram to absorb the stoke.


By Mitch LEES

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