COOLANGATTA Gold winner Josh Minogue put on a master class to take out race four of the 2015-16 Bribie Triathlon Series with a time of 56min 50sec, but not without a little drama on the way.
Meanwhile Australian top five junior Katinka Von Elsner-Welsteed showed why she is a strong contender for World Junior Championship qualification taking out the women's in 1h 2min 30sec.
A hardly puffed, but modest Minogue said confusion at the swim to run transition worked in his favour.
"(It was) really surprising (to win the race). A little bit of drama slowed the boys down at the start and if they had had an easier run through I think they would have shown me how it's done," he said.
"A few people went one way and a few people went the other. That was pretty lucky.
"It was kind of my first one, so I had a look at the course before I went around.
"That's just life sometimes. These things happen."
Minogue said there was no chance of a comeback to surf racing, but a career in longer format triathlons was imminent.
"I've watched the ironman guys Craig Alexander and Pete Jacobs since I was a kid and had always watched them go to the Hawaiian ironman," he said.
"I thought once I finished up with the surf stuff it was always a dream of mine to go to Hawaii as an age grouper. If I can get there in the next couple years that'd be rad, but if not, I'll just enjoy the ride.
"Small steps, work takes up a lot of time. I'm in no rush - I'm not trying to win any world championships, that's for sure."
In the meantime he might need a bit more practice on his bike leg after almost coming off midrace.
"I don't mind the swim and the run because it's what I'm use to, but the bike is really stressful. I make a lot of mistakes, but every time I can improve that I'd be stoked," Minogue said.
"It's new for me, I did one half ironman (70.3), but this is about getting some skills and having some fun."
More in Friday's Bribie Weekly.