Corrimal’s Nic Squires has walked away with $2000 after taking out the 2015 DP Battle Royale at Thirroul Beach last weekend.
Squires defeated Cronulla’s Shane Campbell in the final, with a display of his customary power surfing, both above and below the lip.
Best air and 3rd place went to former NZ surfing champion Jay Quinn, who was the runner up in 2014.
Louis Gallic from Culburra Beach tied for 3rd.
The invitation-only surf event boasted 32 of the best surfers from Botany Bay to Bateman’s Bay. Plus, young local talent was showcased into a 4-man under 16’s junior final, which was won by Cronulla dynamo Jay Brown.
As spectators flocked to Thirroul, they were treated to explosive surfing, and perfect 2-3 foot waves.
An early stand-out was 17 year old Stanwell Park air-specialist Joel Wood who made it through to the event as a wildcard.
He defeated current Australian titles champion Nic Squires int he opening four-man heat, and eliminating another favourite Kalani Ball along the way, after posting a 9.5, which was the highest wave score of the event.
Wood’s run proved short-lived as he was eliminated by Nic Squires in Round 2 as the comp switched to a man on man format.
The team from DP Surfboards was backed up by Surfing NSW accredited judges, a small army of volunteers from Scarborough Boardriders Club and a team from the Illawarra Sports High Talented Surfing Program.