With Mother Nature threatening to blow the event away mid week, it was a pleasant surprise for the Hurley Winter Classic organisers and participants when Saturday morning came around and they were treated to a glorious sunrise over Newland Head Conservation Park, 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 4-6ft 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 and didn’t look back and eliminated Blake Levett.
Tim Macdonald (QLD) and Darcy Crump (NSW) battled it out for the final spot in the final, continuing to put on a high level display of surfing that spectators had witnessed all day.
It was Tim that got the win over Darcy and and moved into the final for the second year running and hoping to go one better.
That he did with rock 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 and took home a brand new twin fin donated by shaper Lee Stacey.