Matt Holman turned Shane Warne, pulling off a full spinner manoeuvre to clinch first place in the open final of the October pointscore, held in excellent waves.
Matty, with plenty of big gouging turns and full-tilt slashes, was already pushing frontrunners Matt Mulder and Jarrod Horner with three minutes of the 30 minute showdown to go.
But never one to take prisoners, the hulking naturalfooter boxed a big floater-360 combo to get the edge.
Mulder and Horner both pushed the limits to come in second and third respectively, and those results coupled with reigning champ Jack Irvin’s semi-final loss has thrown the 2010 open title race into sharp relief.
David Halyard finished 4th, Matt Cook 5th and Jordan Lumb 6th.
After nine events, Mulder has a grand total of 141 points, followed by Horner (128), Irvin (111), Cabo (91), Matt Cook (78) and Drew Kelly (75).
But remember that the Top Six (for all divisions) is based on each surfer’s top eight results. If there is no November event, one lowest result will be deducted. If there is a November event, two lowest results get deducted.
Jesse Horner claimed the Junior final from Harrison Martin, Tyler Barnes and Nathan Hatheier to grab a commanding lead on the points table – 85 points versus 71 for Nathan and 65 for Reece Moffat.
The Supergroms made the most of the heavy wave conditions, with Dion Earle edging out Ben Boylan, Nathan Martin and Eathan Jackson. Jackson has a two point buffer from Nathan on the leaderboard, followed by Dion and Ben.
Matt Holman earned the Puresea Surf Shop voucher for his inspired surfing performance. The Skullcandy headphones award has been held over to next month.
See all the great photo action on the Gallery page, courtesy of sharp shooting Leah Maclean.
Next dates are 6-7 and 20-21 November.
Remember the Big Preso Night is Saturday 27 November. And the Ron Inman Memorial Teams Showdown is 4-5 December.
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John Murray Dental Surgeon, Northies, WJ Partners, KJN Surfboards, PCC Surfboards, Puresea Surf Shop, Skullcandy, Gando Signs, Leo Payne Sausage King, Cronulla Surf Design, Greg Ferrow Plumbing.