Macy Callaghan and Reef Heazlewood have won the second event on the Subway Surf Series, taking out exciting Finals in punchy two-foot conditions at North Cronulla Beach.
Lightning-fast goofyfooter Reef Heazlewood capitalized on his solid early round performances, notching up a giant 16.35 heat total (out of a possible 20 points) to take out the men's division. Heazlewood turned the heads of judges and spectators in the Final, executing an array of critical turns to claim the top spot.
"I'm so stoked to take this out and that there was a pulse of waves in the Final," said Heazlewood. "Kyuss was definitely in form all event and I knew I'd have to fight hard to beat him. Overall, that was really fun."
Despite falling short of the victory, Kyuss King is walking away from the Subway Surf Series with his head held high following the exciting battle with Heazlewood. Kyuss put up a valiant effort in the Final, but was unable to find the 8.85 wave score needed to snag the top spot from Reef.
"That was great to have a heat with Reef," said King. "I really wanted to do well in this event following a poor start at Bells, so I'm stoked to do it here. Hopefully, I can get a few more over the course of the year."
Macy Callaghan continued her tear through 2017, winning the women's division. Following her recent victories at the World Junior Championship and the 2017 Carve Pro QS1000, Callaghan continued to blow away her opposition with her trademark style and flair to make it a hat-trick of victories. Callaghan is now focused on making a solid mark on the Qualifying Series as she attempts to qualify for the elite Championship Tour.
"It feels great to take this out," said Callaghan. "This win really hasn't sunk in yet, but I'm sure I'll be elated when it does. The start of this year is all a bit of a blur, I'd love to keep the roll going. The goal now is to qualify for the Championship Tour."
Bodhi Leigh-Jones opted to stay busy over the duration of the Final, racking up an impressive 13 waves over the course of the 30-minute battle. And although she displayed a variety of maneuvers, she struggled to find the necessary 7.60 needed to knock Callaghan from the top position.
"I'm stoked with this result," said Leigh-Jones. "My previous best result was a Quarterfinal finish in a Pro Junior, so this has definitely beaten that and to share it with a World Champion is an amazing feeling."