Mt Maunganui surfer Kehu Butler scores breakthrough win in Perth
New Zealand surfer Kehu Butler has scored a breakthrough win on the Australian Pro Junior series.
Butler recorded his maiden victory in the fourth event of the seven-contest series which was surfed at Trigg Point in Perth.
In the 30-minute final, Butler used his powerful frame and strong rail game to post a combined total of 15.75 (from a possible 20) in the one-metre waves, defeating local West Australian Kael Walsh (Yallingup), who was left chasing a 9.00 for the win.
Butler was a popular winner, being chaired up the beach from the water where his friends and family performed a haka.
"I'm super stoked to have won, the waves were really pumping this morning," Butler, from Mt Maunganui, said.
"I had some special luck on my side at this event and it's a dream to win my first Pro Junior event. I really needed the points."
The win lifted Butler to third on the ratings in the World Surf League sanctioned series that features under-18 aged surfers from Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Barbados, France, and Canary Islands.
The top four surfers qualify for the WSL World Pro Junior finals.
The next event is at Kiama in New South Wales on April 8-9.