LOCAL taxi driver Liz Myles was the lucky recipient of one of the most sought-after prizes at last weekend's Bird Rock Surf Classic.
Myles lost her husband to cancer two years ago and was drawn out as the winner of the Bird Rock memorial surfboard which has all the names of Hastings Valley surfers that have passed away.
Despite having to work on Sunday, Myles managed to attend the memorial service at the weekend which spokesman Geoff Branch said was testament to the importance placed on the classic.
"That's what Bird Rock does," Branch said.
"Even though it's mainly for local surfers, in previous years we've had people cut short their overseas trips just so they can be participate at Bird Rock.
"This year Matt Gallagher travelled from the Gold Coast on the morning of the men's final where he finished third."
Gallagher hasn't missed a Bird Rock event for 15 years.
Former Surfing NSW CEO Greg Froud was remembered with the first Greg Froud Perpetual Trophy after he passed away following a heart attack at Middle Rock a fortnight ago.
It was presented to Jazz Yonon by Froud's young son Ripley.
"When you think you're having a tough day you think about what he's been through and it puts everything into perspective," Branch said.
Taree sisters Chelsea and Lucy Green took out their relevant divisions, with Chelsea taking out the women's division while Lucy won the cadet girls division.
"I'm sure it would have been an interesting car trip home for their parents listening to the two girls arguing over who performed better," Branch said.