Nic Squiers battled a painful blue bottle sting and tricky conditions, but nothing could ultimately stop the Corrimal surfer from taking out The Flight Centre Burleigh Pro over the weekend.
The talented natural footer outgunned South African rising star Adin Masencamp in the final of the Qualifying Series (QS) 1000 event.
Squiers amassed a two-wave score of 17.40 in three-to-four foot surf, beating Masencamp’s 16.00.
It provided Squiers with his first QS series victory since the Carve Pro Maroubra in 2016.
“It’s been a little while between wins so it feels really good to be back on the podium,” Squiers said.
“It was great that the waves showed up here at Burleigh, it was pretty much pumping by the end of the day. My seed has dropped a bit in the last few years so to start this season off with a win is great for the confidence.”
Squiers and his fellow competitors had to battle small conditions through the early rounds of the competition before things picked up on the final day.