Cooks Hill Classic attracts elite surf athletes to Bar Beach

THE region welcomed the inaugural Cooks Hill Classic over the weekend, with many of the state's top surf athletes descending upon Bar Beach.

The carnival attracted under-9s through to the opens to race for more than $25,000 in cash and prizes, with the elite field fighting for the largest prize pool for a stand-alone event.

In Sunday afternoon's open finals, Newport took the spoils in the blue ribbon men's taplin relay race, edging out Redhead A and B in second and third.

In the women's taplin relay, Northcliffe stormed to victory over local teams Swansea-Belmont and Cooks Hill.

Jay Furniss, from Wanda Surf Club, won the ironman final, while Krystal Smith won the ironwoman race. Smith also won the ski and board crowns, while finishing second behind former Swansea-Belmont athlete Eliza Smith in the swim race.

Swansea-Belmont competitor Troy Ham took out the board title in a sprint finish, while Terrigal's Tim Schofield won the men's surf race.

Former Australian ski champion Peter Scott comfortably won the men's ski final.

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