Northcliffe’s Matt Bevilacqua and Lana Rogers have survived The Survival, finishing atop of the podium in Round 4 of the Nutri-Grain IronMan and IronWoman Series.

For defending Nutri-Grain Ironman Series champion Matt Bevilacqua it was back-to-back wins at Sydney’s Maroubra Beach.

The top 20 ironmen did battle in the gruelling Survival format, which saw six athletes eliminated in each of the first two races, before an eight man final.

The surf in Sydney’s south proved challenging for the eight men in the final, a shore dump causing havoc for round one winner Ali Day, round two winner Joe Collins and Zach Morris, who all fell off their skis in the opening leg.

Newport’s Jackson Borg led through the first two legs, but Bevilacqua was hot on his heels throughout.

In the final board leg, Bevilacqua put his foot on the gas in the board, breaking through the waves into clear water as he made his way out to the cans.

On the way home, he managed to sneak a wave, making his way into the beach to share a celebration with his handler and brother Joel, and partner Brielle, before taking out the Nutri-Grain finishing tape.

With back-to-back wins this weekend, Bevilacqua has now closed the gap in the overall season standings, with only one point separating him and four-time Series champion Ali Day.

“It’s crazy, you’re so in the zone and I still can’t believe that just happened. But that’s years of hard work, and training with these boys every day, and then it all comes down to race day. It feels so good.

“It’s a massive sacrifice [for me and Ironwoman girlfriend Brielle]. We train three times a day, we don’t really see each other a lot and when we do we’re so tired. So you just want to make it count…this is such a hard sport, one of the hardest you can do and it makes it so special when you can enjoy that with a win, they’re very rare.

“I am proud, but I just represent all the kids that aren’t naturally talented. I wasn’t that talented growing up, I had to work hard from the get go and I still do. Credit to all the guys out there grinding, it can happen,” he said.

In the women’s race, Rogers claimed her second win of the 2023/24 summer, in the grueling Survival format at Maroubra Beach today.

In the final 8-woman race, the athletes made their way out into the ocean in the opening ski leg. Rogers took advantage of an unfortunate clash around the cans, finding clean water and a sizeable wave bringing her back to the beach in first position.

Rogers extended her lead in the middle swim leg, with Burleigh Heads Mowbray Park teenage Jasmine Rayward following suit.

In the final board leg, Rogers and Rayward were neck and neck, before the former Series champion saw a swell building to the south, and managed to milk it all the way to the beach and cross the line in first.

Rogers said she’s reaping the rewards of a massive decision to move from the Sunshine Coast to the Gold Coast during the off season.

“I can’t believe it, I am just in love with my life at the moment. I’m feeling so positive, I got rid of a lot of negative and toxic energy and moved to the Gold Coast,” Rogers said.

“It’s such a good community to be part of at Northcliffe…I’m just so happy.

“It’s been a long time since I’ve had a win, other than Round 1 this season. I had Jazzy there, and she’s such an amazing, young athlete and I’m so happy she was there with me,” she said.

The win sees Rogers extend her overall Nutri-Grain Ironwoman Series title lead, with one hand firmly on the trophy, and 109 points overall.

After yesterday’s round win, New Zealand Ironwoman Olivia Corrin sits in second overall on 82 points, followed by fellow Northcliffe clubbie Georgia Miller on 75 points.

The 2023/24 Nutri-Grain IronMan and IronWoman Series will now head north to the Gold Coast’s Kurrawa Beach for Round 5 and 6 on February 3-4 2024.

IRONMAN ROUND 4: 1. BEVILACQUA, Matt (Northcliffe); 2. BORG, Jackson (Newport); 3. FLETCHER, Corey (Burleigh Heads Mowbray Park); 4. MORRIS, Zach (Northcliffe); 5. COLLINS, Joe (Northcliffe); 6. KINSELA, Ky (Tugun); 7. DAY, Ali (Surfers Paradise); 8. COLLINS, Dan (Redhead); 9. ASKEW, Finn (Surfers Paradise); 10. BROOKS, Charlie (Newport); 11. MAGGS, Conner (Newport); 12. PARISH, Auden (Northcliffe); 13. CARBERRY, Ben (Burleigh Heads Mowbray Park); 14. WILLIAMS, Cooper (Alexandra Headland); 15. HARLAND, Ryley (Northcliffe); 16. LOUIS, Kendrick (Manly); 17. TAYLOR, Cory (Northcliffe); 18. LYNDON, Tanyn (Kurrawa); 19. MORRIS, Mitchell (Northcliffe); 20. SAVAGE, Will (Burleigh Heads Mowbray Park)

IRONMAN OVERALL: OVERALL: 1. DAY, Ali (97 points); 2. BEVILACQUA, Matt (96 points); 3. COLLINS, Joe (86 points); 4. MORRIS, Zach (68 points); 5. BORG, Jackson (59 points); 6. CARBERRY, Ben (57 points); 7. KINSELA, Ky (56 points); 8. FLETCHER, Corey (54 points); 9. ASKEW, Finn (53 points); 10. TAYLOR, Cory (45 points); 10. COLLINS, Dan (45 points)

IRONWOMAN ROUND 4: 1. ROGERS, Lana (Northcliffe); 2. RAYWARD, Jasmine (Burleigh Heads Mowbray Park); 3. WELBORN, Lizzie (Newport); 4. CORRIN, Olivia (Northcliffe); 5. BROWN, Harriet (Northcliffe); 6. WOODS, Emma (Alexandra Headland); 7. SCULLEY, Hannah (Northcliffe); 8. SCOTT, Naomi (Northcliffe); 9. HALLIDAY, Tayla (Alexandra Headland); 10. MILLER, Georgia (Northcliffe); 11. MASSIE, Tiarnee (Maroochydore); 12. OUTRAM, Electra (Sunshine Beach); 13. KIBBLE, Analise (Newport); 14. DOYLE, Emily (Northcliffe); 15. O’SULLIVAN, Lily (Burleigh Heads Mowbray Park); 16. HARRISON, Piper (Newport); 17. OTTO, Grace (Burleigh Heads Mowbray Park); 18. CROSS, Charlotte (Burleigh Heads Mowbray Park); 19. COOPER, Brielle (Burleigh Heads Mowbray Park); 20. STITT, Dominique (Mooloolaba)

IRONWOMAN OVERALL: 1. ROGERS, Lana (109 points); 2. CORRIN, Olivia (82 points); 3. MILLER, Georgia (75 points); 4. WELBORN, Lizzie (69 points); 5. OUTRAM, Electra (63 points); 6. SCOTT, Naomi (58 points); 7. RAYWARD, Jasmine (54 points); 8. MASSIE, Tiarnee (51 points); 8. BROWN, Harriet (51 points); 10. DOYLE, Emily (50 points)