CLASSIC MOMENT: Barney Miller Classic open division winner Shaun Ward snaps off the top of a wave in Saturday's heats.
CLASSIC MOMENT: Barney Miller Classic open division winner Shaun Ward snaps off the top of a wave in Saturday's heats. James Pfister

Ward carves up Barney Miller Classic for 2nd time

RETURNING to Sawtell's surf, Mullaway boardrider Shaun Ward made the most of the big swell to take out the Barney Miller Classic open division.

Ward sat out last year's annual charity surf competition but the big swells at the weekend were too good for him to ignore.

No stranger to the event, Ward had previously won the event a few years back and knew the competition would be strong.

"I won it a few years ago in 2014,” Ward said.

On Saturday, Ward made the most of the favourable 5-6 foot swell and progressed through the heats.

But he said it was a challenge to get the better of the Coffs Coast talent.

"It was highly contested. It wasn't easy to get through the heats,” he said.

On top of the open division win, Ward also scalped the expression session.

Ward chose to not enter the Barney Miller Classic last year because he said the surf was too small.

But with this year's win, he said would enter next year's competition to defend his title.

Ward said the Northern Beaches were well represented after juniors Sam Arvidson and Bonny Hills picking up podium finishes.

Barney Miller told NBN News the weather at the weekend had been the best it had been in a few weeks and surf conditions were the biggest in a long time.

This year's Barney Miller Classic raised funds for Jacob Tasker, who on Valentine's Day broke his neck after he leapt off a houseboat into a sand bank and broke his neck in two places.



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