Jackson Baker and Macy Callaghan take victory at the Newcastle Surfest WSL QS 5000

World Surf League: MEREWETHER, NEWCASTLE, NSW/AUS (Sunday 3 April 2022) – Jackson Baker and Macy Callaghan scored epic victories at the City of Newcastle Pro and AAP Consulting Women’s Pro events presented by Burton Automotive, World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) 5000 as part of Newcastle Surfest 2022. It was a huge day of competition with the Australia/Oceania Challenger Series qualifying which was decided by pumping four to five foot surf at Merewether Beach.

In his 36th year racing, Jackson Baker became the first Novacastrian man to hoist the “Mark Richards Trophy” over his head at Newcastle Surfest, beating names like Luke Egan, Matt Hoy and Ryan Callinan to name a few. only a few, claiming the feat. The 2022 Championship Tour Rookie surfed with incredible confidence throughout the event, consistently posting high scores in every run, with judges rewarding his power hacks and impeccable wave choice. Baker saved his best performance until the final, however, posting the highest two-wave total of the entire event, a 15.50 (out of a possible 20) to claim the biggest win of his career.

“Winning this home event and being able to dedicate it to my mom and repaying the people who put on this thing every year is amazing,” Baker said. “Having my biggest win and having MR (Mark Richards) on the trophy is crazy. I had to think a lot about this event but I thought it would be a good warm up for Bells and some of those waves looked pretty like the Bells so I want to go in there with that confidence and make the cut and bring the rest of the year in. This win means so much to me, my family and my community that I couldn’t be happier.

In the final, Baker defeated former CT competitor and pro surfing veteran Nathan Hedge who, at 42, put in an inspiring performance to finish second and only missed out on CS qualifying by one spot. Local hero and CT surfer Ryan Callinan finished third with New Zealand’s Billy Stairmand finishing fourth.

After dropping from the elite Championship Tour at the end of 2021, Macy Callaghan entered this year’s regional qualifying series unsure of what direction her career might take. After a victory at the Central Coast Pro and then another victory here at Newcastle, Callaghan will leave for the Challenger Series as the regional top seed as she seeks to re-qualify for the dream tour. In the final, Callaghan rode the perfect heat, catching just two waves to post a solid heat total of 14.84 (out of a possible 20) to defeat South African Sarah Baum who now resides in Newcastle with Kiwi Paige Hareb and Hollie Williams who each locked themselves into a spot on the Challenger Series.

“I feel like I’ve worked hard over the years and to see him come back with two wins is amazing,” Callaghan said. “Especially since they’re both so close to my house, it’s really special. I have been participating in Surfest since I was 15 years old. I won the Cadet Cup back then, then I won my first Pro Junior and now Newcastle have been good to me. It’s a great way to end the QS season and I’m looking forward to heading into the Challenger Series feeling positive and eager to give it a good shot.

Being the final event of the Australia/Oceania Regional Qualifying Series and offering 5000 points, the City of Newcastle Pro and AAP Consulting Women’s Pro presented by Burton Automotive have decided which surfers will represent the region in this year’s Challenger Series. It was a stressful but exciting week for all competitors with nine men’s and seven women’s places up for grabs as well as a men’s and women’s regional wildcard. As the competition concludes today, the Australia/Oceania Challenger Series qualifiers are next.

Australia Oceania Challenger Series Men, playoffs in order:

Joel Vaughan
Kalani ball
Kyuss King
Billy Stairmand
Te Kehu Kehu Butler
Jacob Willcox
Mikey McDonagh
Chris Zaffis

Sheldon Simkus

Australia Oceania Challenger Series Women qualifiers in order:

Macy Callaghan
Dimity Stoyle
Sophie McCulloch
Paige Hareb
Philippa Anderson
Holly Williams

Zahli Kelly

Men’s and women’s regional wildcards to be confirmed

The City of Newcastle Pro 2022 and AAP Consulting Women’s Pro as part of Newcastle Surfest will run from March 28 to April 3.

Newcastle Surfest would not have been possible without the support of the City of Newcastle, AAP Consulting, Burton Automotive, Destination NSW

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