BRISBANE professional Josh Amberger took out the 22nd annual Byron Bay Triathlon on Saturday.
The 28-year-old finished in a time of 1 hour 54 minutes 28 seconds, ahead of Suffolk Park athlete Matt Slee and third-placed Nick Hull.
Amberger follows on from professional triathletes Sam Appleton (the 2015 winner) and Alstonville's Clayton Fettell (2016).
Both missed the event this year, while four-time women's winner Sarah Crowley was also a notable absentee.
Amberger started the year with a second place in the Ironman 70.3 in Dubai.
He competed in South Africa last month and will shift his focus to the Ironman Cairns Asia-Pacific Championship in June.
It was a big effort from Slee, who comes from a cycling background and has only recently started competing in triathlon.
He finished in 1hr57m40s while Hull crossed the finish line in 1hr59m08s.
Meanwhile, Redcliffe professional Holly Grice took out the open women's division in 2hrs12m04s.
She finished more than five minutes clear of Grafton's Celia Sullohern and Brisbane-based Flick Abram.
There were about 1000 competitors in all, with a kids' triathlon for the first time.
Some of the money raised this year will go towards the Byron Bay Lighthouse Run in October.