Eckstein claims fourth ironman crown
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Shannon Eckstein had time to stop to kiss his wife and mum before finishing to claim his fourth national surf ironman title on Sunday.

Eckstein, who led for most of the race, said competing against one of the sport’s greats in Ky Hurst was all the motivation he needed as he matched his Kurrawa teammate’s career tally of national crowns.

Eckstein, 27, won comfortably from 30-year-old Hurst with brother Caine Eckstein (Northcliffe) third on the final day of the Australian surf lifesaving championships on the Gold Coast.

“Ky has (also) won four titles, but they were a bit before my time, and I don’t think he’s been at his peak when I’ve been racing him,” said Eckstein.

“But I heard from the state titles that he raced really well and he really wanted to win this one so I got motivated from that to race Ky at his best.”

“People said I haven’t been racing well this season but I’ve won the world and Kellogg’s series and now the Aussies (nationals)… and Caine’s got the Coolangatta Gold so it’s all in the family.”

Eckstein admitted he’d struggled at times this year but came into the championships knowing he wouldn’t have to race again until December.

Eckstein, Hurst and Grant Kenny now all hold four national crowns, but they trail Surfers Paradise legend Trevor Hendy, who won six.

“He (Hendy) was out there on one of the boats yelling encouragement at me. I don’t know if he was supposed to, but it was nice of him all the same,” Eckstein said.

Courtney Hancock (Northcliffe) won the national ironwoman title ahead of clubmate Elizabeth Pluimers and Rebecca Creedy (Metropolitan, Caloundra).

“I was just really confident in my fitness and I went hard from the start,” said Hancock, who also took out the Kellogg’s series this year.

“Since I was a little girl I’ve wanted to win the series and I’ve wanted to win the Aussies so to do this in one season at the age of 22, I’m just overwhelmed.”

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