Key points:
    – Shaw and Partners Hayden Kenny Classic ran in postcard conditions
    – Outstanding performances from both Sunshine Coast & Gold Coast athletes
    – VNR & Race Imagery below
    – Full event results are available here
    – Full finals package live stream is here

    The Shaw and Partners Hayden Kenny Classic has seen a rebirth of surf sports racing with some of the most exciting racing in surf sports history. 

    Athletes were greeted with picture perfect conditions with a punchy shore break at Alexandra Headlands with ski, swim, board, ironman and team races contested across the Under 15, 17 & open divisions. 

    It was Burleigh Headlands Ben Carberry who fended off young gun Auden Parish (Northcliffe) in the ironman race to claim the $10,000 ironman purse which was well deserved having led the race from start to finish meanwhile Tiarnee Massie (Maroochydore) celebrated an emotional win ahead of her hero Georgia Miller (Northcliffe) and Harriet Brown (Northcliffe) who is fresh from injury in the open ironwoman.

    “I have always looked up to Georgia and she is my inspiration. To win against such an amazing field means the world to me. I am seriously so happy right now!”

    Olympic duo Riley Fitzsimons (Northcliffe) had a duel with Loccy Tame (Avoca) is the ski race with a sprint finish going in favour of Fitzsimons. The pair had celebrated multiple Australian ski relay victories under the Avoca cap before Fitzsimons relocated to Northcliffe this winter, feeling a friendly but fierce rivalry. 

    Matt Belivacqua (Northcliffe) has further cemented his spot as the worlds best board paddler with a complete domination against a worlds class field while Hannah Scully (Northcliffe) made it the Northcliffe board quinella. 

    The event concluded with the mixed taplin relay where each club puts their best male and female swimmer, board paddler and ski paddler into battle with $25,000 of prize money for the newly innovated event. 

    It was neck and neck with host club Alexandra Headland taking on World Champion power house Northcliffe with the 6 leg race coming down to a sprint finish.

    It was Alexandra Headland’s Cam Guthrie who out-sprinted Matt Bevilacqua (Northcliffe) in a picture perfect ending to the weekend with one of the greatest claims ever see in surf sports history. 

    The Shaw and Partners Summer of Surf Series heads to North Bondi in the new year with the next stop the 7th & 8th of January for the Shaw and Partners North Bondi Classic.  

    2021/22 Shaw and Partners Summer of Surf Series Schedule


    4th December 2021 – Wanda Tradies ‘One Club’ Carnival, NSW – 7,000*

    4th December 2021 – City of Perth Shaw and Partners Summer of Surf, WA – 5,000

    10th & 11th December – Shaw and Partners Hayden Kenny Classic, QLD – 10,000


    7th & 8th January 2022 – Shaw and Partners North Bondi Surf Club Classic, NSW – 10,000

    9th January 2022 – Sorrento Shaw and Partners Summer of Surf & Dash-4-Cash WA – 5,000

    21st & 22nd January – Murphy Homes Maroochy Classic, QLD – 7,000

    22nd January – “Perfect Weekend” Manly Open, NSW – 5,000

    23rd January – “Perfect Weekend” Freshwater Open, NSW – 5,000

    29th January – Battle of the Bay Warrnambool, VIC – 5,000


    11th & 12th February 2022 – Shaw and Partners Shannon Eckstein Classic, QLD 10,000

    20th February 2022 – Burnie State Wide Carnival, TAS  *exhibition event- no points allocated*

    * In the event the QLD borders are not open to NSW competitors for the Shaw and Partners Hayden Kenny Classic, the Wanda Tradies ‘One Club’ carnival will become a 10,000 point score. 

    Summer of Surf would like to thank its partners, Shaw and Partners, We Are Feel Good Inc, LSKD, Mr Strange Eyewear, The Sports Hub, Ryan Softboards, BMD Northcliffe Surf Club, Alexandra Headlands Surf Club, North Bondi Surf Club, Sunshine Coast Council, Major Events Gold Coast, Waverley Council, FINIS & Jolyn Swimwear.