Avoca Boardriders clinched the all-important National Final of the 2017 nudie Australian Boardriders Battle, giving the small Central Coast club huge bragging rights for the next year.
The 24-team field was narrowed down to four for Sunday's grand Final, which pitted Avoca against reigning champions Narrabeen, as well as high-powered clubs from Snapper Rocks and Bondi.
Avoca, anchored by Matt Wilkinson and Adrian "Ace" Buchan, reigned supreme notching up a giant 35.40 heat total.
The huge lead was enough for Avoca to overcome a five-point deduction they were dealt due to Wilkinson catching more than the allocated wave limit.
"That was so much fun and it has made for such a sick weekend," said Wilkinson. "There's been so many good surfers in this club for so long and if it wasn't so hard to get us all together we could maybe win more of these events, but once we all come together I think it really displays how much depth we have."
Fellow Avoca surfer and CT surfer Adrian Buchan relished the chance to give back to the club that has supported him for several decades.
"For me personally it feels amazing to give back to the club that supported me since I was a grommet," said Buchan.
"This club provided for me financially when I went to Nationals and World Titles in my early days," he continued. "They have always had my back and they continue to when they get up in the middle of the night to watch our heats online when we're away competing. To be fair, I think the Central Coast rivalry we have with the North Shelly guys has really inspired the entire club and pushed us to expand the depth of our own club and given us the spark to win. To also surf with people like Sam Chell, who I've looked up to for a long time and maybe inspire the younger members is an incredible feeling."
Representing Snapper Rocks, 6x World Champion Stephanie Gilmore said the camaraderie in the club really helped drive them into the runner-up position.
"This is a great event for team culture and helps grow the camaraderie between all the members," said Gilmore. "It was certainly nerve-racking to be put under that pressure to perform but it's also the perfect practice for a World Tour event."
2012 World Champion and Snapper Rocks surfer Joel Parkinson echoed similar sentiments.
"We're all passionate about this club and our local beach, which is something every surfer in this event shares," said Parkinson. "The waves we got here and the venue truly provided the perfect amphitheater for all the clubs. I already can't wait for next year."