Campbell takes out surf classic

Big waves and even bigger manoeuvres at the Barney Miller Classic on Sawtell Beach.
Big waves and even bigger manoeuvres at the Barney Miller Classic on Sawtell Beach. Rob Wright

MICK Campbell has taken out the 2012 Barney Miller Classic at Sawtell.

The former pro-surfer and one-time world number two was too good taking full advantage of the conditions on his way to claiming the event.

It was the biggest Barney Miller Classic in the 13 year history of the event with 130 competitors hitting the waves across eight divisions.

John Craig pulled off some great runs toward the end of the day but was not able to catch Campbell.

Organiser and event namesake, Barney Miller said Campbell was a deserving winner and really put on a great show for the fans.

"Mick (Campbell) really knows how to use the conditions to his advantage and it really stood out today," Miller said.

"It is truly awesome to have a surfer as talented as Mick to compete in this event let alone win it.

"He deserved the win and hopefully Mick will be back next year to defend his title."

While the surfing took centre stage today it was the fundraising effort of the Classic that was the big standout.

While a final count of total money raised is yet to be done Miller is hoping to raise over $10,000 for Cabarita Surfer Sam Ford who was brutally bashed and left for dead.  

 "It is always great to see the community come together to help out someone in need," he said.

"It is an honour to have my name attached to this event and hopefully we will be able to raise over $10 000 to help Sam's recovery."

In further great news for the event, chief sponsor Coca- Cola has agreed to continue its backing of the classic which will ensure a 2013 return.

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