AFTER a bad result in round 1, defending champion Shannon Eckstein has shown that he won’t let one bad day at the office affect him.
Today Eckstein came back as strong as ever and won the race after cashing in on a shore break wave which saw him hit the beach first in the sprint for the finish line.
Ali Day came in 2nd and Ky Hurst finished 3rd.
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“Everything has been going well for me for the last 2 years and sometimes you need a kick in the teeth to make you refocus,” said Eckstein.
“I probably came into this weekend not mentally prepared, so after yesterday I really had to regroup if I’m going to win my 9th Series and gain some ground on Ali.”
“After all these years of racing, the flat water doesn’t excite me so I found it really hard to get motivated. Ali is flying in this flat stuff. I hope we get some waves at Surfers and Newcastle otherwise he’s going to be hard to beat,” he said.
Saturday’s round 1 winner Ali Day lead from start to finish today but unfortunately for Ali in the end it was Shannon’s day.
“The eliminator is so hard and to back it up from yesterday is a real test. When that last wave came I said ‘Shannon you can have it. There’s no way I’m going to sprint you up the beach, I’ve got nothing left’,” said Day.
“I’m so happy to be back racing this year and absolutely stoked to win yesterday and finish with a 2nd today,”
Ky Hurst finished 3rd for the 2nd time this weekend proving he’s a force to be reckoned with and that it’s his amazing strength in the swim leg that continues to put him on the podium.
Debutante Jack Moyes has had a terrific start to the Series finishing just off the podium today in 4th and 6th yesterday.
Unfortunately it wasn’t a great day for Kendrick Louis who snapped his rudder in the first ski leg and Matt Poole who got seaweed jammed in his ski rudder in the 2nd ski leg.
“I’m devastated. It was just a bit of bad luck today. I jumped on the ski in first next to Ali Day on the 2nd leg of the 2nd race. I got some seaweed caught in my rudder and could feel the weight of the tail of the ski. I went from sitting beside Ali to behind him. I could barely sit on his wash and then everyone paddled past me,” said Poole.
All competitors will now go into recovery and preparation for Round 3 and 4 of the Nutri-Grain Series which continues with Surfers Paradise on 20 and 21.