George Humphreys claims the 2018 Kiama Pro Trials

July 31, 2018 | Bodyboarding
George Humphreys: he excelled in small wave conditions | Photo: Smith/Surfing NSW

The trials for the Kiama Bodyboard King Pro kicked off at Surf Beach with some of the world’s most promising bodyboarders battling for a position into the world grand slam event.

The main spot dished up a day of small but punchy surf for all trialists. West Australian bodyboarder, George Humphreys, claimed the top honors in the final to qualify for the main event.

Humphreys overcame some of Australia’s and the world’s best bodyboarders to take the win ahead of Queensland duo Jake Stone and Lachlan Cramsie who claimed second and third respectively, while South African bodyboarder Michael Ostler took out the fourth position in the final.

Ostler nabbed the best barrel of the day to make the Trials final. He posted an excellent 8.75 wave score in the earlier rounds and made his intentions known for the remainder of the event.

Japanese rider Hayato Enokido joined Ostler in the international standout circle, posting a handful of high scores en route to the semi-finals. Enokido still qualified for the main event in the fifth position.

Early swell forecasts indicate that the main event could potentially start as early as Thursday.

Kane Brewer, Davis Blackwell, Hayato Enokido, Brodey Brockman, Mack Crilley, Toby Player, Lucas Paulo, Silas Ganciar, and Wesley Fischer have also qualified for the main event.

The elite World Grand Slam contest will run from July 30 - August 9 and be mobile between Cronulla’s Shark Island and the far south coast, however, will utilize Kiama as its main hub for competition days.

Nine-times world bodyboarding champion Mike Stewart and Australian pro rider Lilly Pollard will be holding coaching clinics during the event. There will be a "Fling 4 Bling" tow-out air show if conditions permit.

Kiama Bodyboard King Pro Trials | Results

1. George Humphreys (WA)
2. Jake Stone (QLD)
3. Lachlan Cramsie (QLD)
4. Michael Ostler (RSA