Tight final sees Nick Vasicek truimph at Burleigh

Nick Vasicek with the Chiko Burleigh Classic trophy
Nick Vasicek with the Chiko Burleigh Classic trophy

SURFING talent may run in the Parkinson family, but it wasn't enough to halt Nick Vasicek's dominance at the Chiko Burleigh classic.

Vasicek, 25-years-old, used his superior board riding knowledge to beat 17-year-old Mitch Parkinson during the Queensland Championship Circuit round, walking away with this year's title.

"It was a really tight final and Mitch caught a wave just after the final that would have probably been the score he needed, which just goes to show he's got a huge future ahead of him," Vasicek said.

Despite Parkinson's runner-up status, he will join Vasicek in the Quiksilver Pro Trials next year.

"I've won through to the main event at the Quiksilver Pro before and then tore my ankle ligaments, so I really hope I can do it again, but I'll be a bit more careful leading into the event this time." Vasicek said.

Parkinson was philosophical about his defeat, disappointed by the loss but happy to lose to good friend Vasicek.

"Obviously I'm disappointed that I didn't win, I would have loved to take home that trophy, but if I could have lost to anyone, I'm glad it was Nick," he said.

"The important thing for me is that spot into the Quiksilver Pro trials; I'm stoked with that."

World tour veteran Nathan 'Hog' Hedge bowed out of the event in the semi-finals, showcasing some speedy and powerful backhand surfing before his sudden exit.

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