Connor O'Leary wins first ever pro surfing contest in South Korea

June 18, 2012 | Surfing
Connor O'Leary: writes history in South Korea

Connor O'Leary has taken the first ever international pro surfing event in South Korea, the Murasaki Quiksilver Jeju Open of Surfing.

The contest took place at Jungmun Beach in Jeju Island, in 2-foot (1 meter) waves with sunny skies. The young Australian from Cronulla Beach defeated former elite ASP World Championship Tour surfer Nathan Hedge.

O'Leary put on a sensational performance in the final, scoring a 9.00 (out of a possible 10) on his opening ride and backing that up with a 9.50. With two solid waves under his belt O'Leary put all of the pressure on hi opponent and when the siren sounded he was crowned event champion.

"The waves were really fun at the start of the Final. Then the tide turned and got a bit more difficult, luckily I got some good scores early in the heat and they were enough to give me the win. This is a huge result for me, it’s the best I’ve ever done at a contest", said O'Leary.

Hedge put a fight in the final, posting some solid scores, an 8.00 and 8.50 for a combined heat total of 16.50 but it wasn’t enough to overcome his younger opponent.

"He’s having a blinder at this comp," said Hedge. "He was a better man on the day, congrats to Connor (O’Leary), he’s been on fire all event. Thanks to the people of Korea and Jeju island, and all the sponsors, this event has been great."

Murasaki Quiksilver Jeju Open Of Surfing | Results

1. Connor O’Leary (AUS)
2. Nathan Hedge (AUS)
3. Kaito Ohashi (JPN), Izuki Tanaka (JPN)