7 Is A Charm. What About The 2nd Time Around?

7 Is A Charm. What About The 2nd Time Around?

Olympian Ky Hurst won his seventh DHL Australian Surf Life Saving Championship open surf race on the Gold Coast. Australia’s great claimed victory despite an uncharacteristically crooked swim course in the heavy surface chop.

Ky was behind leader Shannon Eckstein by 15 meters and simply picked up his pace. He told Ian Hanson, “I ended up way off course…and had to make sure he wasn’t that far in front when we got into the wave area. I knew I was swimming well and just had to catch him.”

Once in the surf zone, Ky proved he has the DNA of a dolphin as he caught two waves to bodysurf his way to victory.

The 30-year-old who recently qualified as Australia’s top 10K swimmer will be attempting to make his second Olympic team and win his first medal at the 2012 London Olympics. With an intense, but unorthodox training regimen that is unusual for world-class 10K marathon swimmers, Ky is looking fit and ready as the Olympic sirens begin to toll louder and louder with every new dawn.

Photo by Michael Ross.

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