A shark attack at Manly last weekend has sent Australia’s best surf sports athletes into a feeding frenzy for points and the Murphy Homes Maroochy Classic has been the big winner.

After the Summer of Surf’s 10,000 point premier event on Sydney’s northern Beaches was cancelled last weekend; tomorrow’s 7000 point Murphy Homes Maroochydore Classic has even more significance in the race for the $750,000 overall prize purse. 

Defending Summer of Surf Ironman and Board Champion Matt Bevilacqua says the Maroochy Classic is one he never misses and this year it’s going to be even bigger.

“I love the event, its iconic on the Australia Day weekend, I’ve been here almost 9 straight years now, but this year might be the most important,” Bevilacqua said.

“ I won the ironman at Maroochydore last year and then won the overall series by only 10 points over Matt Poole, so with 7000 points up for grabs this weekend will be crucial.”

“I’ve made it tough on myself with a poor result at the Hayden Kenny Classic at Alex, but if there is a place to turn it around for me, its at Maroochydore.”

“Everyone does such a great job organising the event, the vibe on the beach is good, the fields will be some of the best we will see all year and I’m pumped for it to kick off.”

The Maroochydore Classic has drawn some of the biggest names in the sport to the Sunshine Coast chasing both points and the $60,000 prize pool; Australian Champions Ali Day and Georgia Miller will headline the all-star line up but its Maroochydore local Tiarnee Massie who’s carrying the weight of expectation on her home stretch of sand.

“You always want to win, but to do it at the place where I started in nippers would make it just that little bit more special” she said.

“After Manly was cancelled last week, everyone will be desperate to put on a good show, that will make racing so much tougher, but it’ll also mean this will be one of the best events of the season.”

Massie sits 11th on the ironwoman standings but only has 2 results, and with the top 4 events counting towards the overall pointscore, she knows a good performance is vital. 

“Every race counts for me now; I have some good finishes so far, but I need two more big performances to be any chance of winning the overall iron title plus the $10,000 and the Subaru”

The 2022/23 Shaw and Partners Summer of Surf Season includes 12 events across Australia and New Zealand; with athletes from u14 to opens racing for a potential prize pool of $750,000. 

Racing begins Friday 27th January at 3pm with Ironman and Ironwoman heats; racing continues Saturday with Junior, beach and traditional surf events from 7.30am; The live-streamed finals package including all junior iron finals, open individual finals and the exclusive to Summer of Surf ‘Mixed 6 person Taplin Relay’ begins at 1pm. All Results are available at Liveheats.com and Summerofsurf.tv

Ben Cochrane 0432295257