Sally Fitzgibbons has defied injury to join Rebecca Woods and Pam Burridge as the only three-time winners of Surfest's women's event.
The world No.6, the 2012 and 2016 winner at Merewether, downed Coolum youngster Isabella Nichols in the 35-minute Holmes Civil Developments Pro final 13.50 to 11.7 on Sunday.
The 6000-point World Surf League qualifying series event was the Gerroa 28-year-old's first since fracturing her shoulder in the season-ending Maui Pro in November. She also overcame a back injury sustained on Tuesday morning while warming up on the beach at Newcastle before a surf.
She recovered with treatment to start her Surfest run on Friday and said overcoming the setback "definitely made the win sweeter".
"I was really excited to go around for my morning surf but the body just said 'no'," Fitzgibbons said.
"I was all locked up down there on the sand thinking 'I'm in a world of pain', but I think the calm comes having a new team around me now.... but what a thrill to come back and end the week like this."
Fitzgibbons defeated Frenchwoman Cannelle Bulard 12.77 to 8.5 in the semi-final, while Nichols beat countrywoman Zahli Kelly 15.33 to 10.70.
Alex Ribeiro claimed the men's final, the Burton Automotive Pro, against fellow Brazilian Jadson Andre 15.57 to 13.77.
The win gives Ribeiro a great chance of qualifying for the 2020 championship tour, where he competed in 2016.
Andre dominated West Australian Jack Robinson 17.43 to 12.07 in his semi-final, putting together four scores over seven in an amazing aerial display.
Ribeiro had a tougher time in his qualifier, edging out Port Macquarie's Matt Banting 15.76 to 15.23.
Banting, the 2014 champion, needed a 7.44 late and looked to have challenged twice but came up short with the judges.