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Bacardi Surf Tour Champion Blake Thornton mastered the tricky conditions to win the Hemingway's Manly Pro. Credit ā€“ throwingbuckets.com.au Bacardi Surf Tour Champion Blake Thornton mastered the tricky conditions to win the Hemingway's Manly Pro. Credit ā€“ throwingbuckets.com.au

Blake Thornton Wins the Bacardi Surf Tour

31.10.2016

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31st October 2016
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Maroubra's Blake Thornton has taken out the Inaugural Bacardi Surf Tour after claiming victory in the Hemingway's Manly Pro at South Curl Curl Beach, Sydney.

In a day full of twists and turns the overall Tour Champion was decided in the final heat of the Tour with Thornton defeating Bondi's Perth Standlick in the man on man final, 16.83 to 14.13. The stylish natural footer started strong, opening up with an 8-point ride that he soon backed up with the highest score of the day - 8.83. Standlick waited patiently for a good wave and found an 8.63 late in the final but ran out of time chasing down the 8.21 required for victory.

Before taking on Standlick in the final Thornton survived a massive Semi Final match up against Manly's Dayyan Neve. If Neve won the Semi he would have won the Tour and it all came down to Neve's last wave. Needing a 6.48 Neve executed a series of strong forehand maneuvers but fell short of the score required by less than a point with the judges locking in a 5.6. Thornton won 13.30 to 12.43.

"It's quite surreal how the whole day played out," said Thornton. "I thought Nic (Squiers) would run away with it given his lead and the conditions but when he lost early it left the door open and created a lot of exciting scenarios. In my head I was just set on winning the event and thinking that was the only way I could take the series out, I peaked in the final and surfed my best heat when it counted. It was a sick series and a top bunch of blokes to surf against all year."

Standlick was the form surfer going into the final posting the highest heat totals in the Semi and Quarter Finals. "It was rad that the whole series came down to the last heat of the five events," Standlick said. "It was a fun final to be apart of."

After competing in all five events Neve was stoked to be back in the comp rash shirt with his competitive juices re-ignited. "I was devastated losing the Semi Final to Blake as I really wanted to win the Tour," Neve said. "I enjoyed competing in all the events and it was good to surf against the younger guys as well. I was jealous of Blake winning the overall trophy but he worked really hard and deserved the win."

Avalon young gun Letty Mortensen was the giant killer on the day knocking Nic Squiers out of the event in Round 2, which really opened the door for Thornton, Standlick and Neve to take the overall Title. In his first Bacardi Surf Tour event, Mortensen powered through the draw defeating Gerard McCallum 14.10 to 9.27 in the Quarter Finals before narrowly going down to Standlick 14.33 to 13.67 in the Semi Finals.

"Pretty happy to finish 3rd in my first Bacardi event," said Mortensen. "To get an 8.67 and then not be able to get a mid range back up in the Semi was a bummer. The whole day was tricky conditions and you really just had to find those corners that were going to give you some opportunity. It was so cool to have guys like Matt Bemrose and ex CT surfer Dayyan Neve in the event, there's so many good surfers doing these events so you really have to bring you're A-Game. Next time Iā€™d love to take the win."

Thornton cleaned up on the day receiving $2500 for winning the Tour, $1000 for winning the Hemingway's Pro and a $900 G-Shock for the highest wave score of the day.

Blake Thornton Results - 2016 Bacardi Surf Tour

Triple Bull Cronulla Pro1st
Aloha Manly Style Pro7th - Retired injured in Semi Final
Stowaway Pro9th - Defeated by Dayyan Neve
Deck Bar Pro9th - Defeated by Shane Holmes
Hemingway's Pro1st

Hemingway's Manly Pro Results

1stBlake Thornton - 16.83
2ndPerth Standlick - 14.13
3rdLetty Mortensen
3rdDayyan Neve
5thGerard McCallum
5thDane Atcheson
5thBen Penny
5thMatt Bemrose

Bacardi Surf Tour Final Ratings

1stBlake Thornton2695
2ndNic Squiers2420
3rdDayyan Neve2400
4thPerth Standlic2340
5thDane Atcheson1795

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