Hurley Winter Classic Wrap Up

Solid: Brilliant conditions enabled surfers to put on a fantastic show at the Hurley Winter Classic over the June long weekend. Photo: Che Chorley.
Solid: Brilliant conditions enabled surfers to put on a fantastic show at the Hurley Winter Classic over the June long weekend. Photo: Che Chorley.

With Mother Nature threatening to blow the event away mid week, it was a pleasant surprise when Saturday morning finally came around and all were treated to a glorious sunrise, light offshore winds and some solid swell.

The opening wave of the first heat set the tone for the day with Blake Levett (NSW), last year’s winner, dropping an excellent score with a solid barrel ride.

The surfers battled 4 – 6 foot swell and a strong sweep, testing their paddle endurance to make it through the early rounds.

Four surfers were left when we got to the semi finals and they were about to battle it out with jelly arms for a spot in the final.

Local Khai Adams got off to a blistering start getting a 10-point-ride in the opening seconds of his semi.

Tim Macdonald (QLD) and Darcy Crump (NSW) battled it out for the final spot in the final, both delivering high-level surfing before Tim took the win.

Hoping to beat his second place finish from last year he did just that with solid backhand surfing defeating local ripper and twice former champion Khai Adams.

Tim Macdonald said he was so pumped to take the win after being beaten on the buzzer last year.

Khai Adams was awarded best local surfer of the event and took home a brand new twin fin donated by shaper Lee Stacey.