HALEIWA, Hawaii, (KHON2) — Sophie McCulloch has won one of the most prestigious surf competitions in the world, the Hale’iwa Challenger Tournament.

This win qualifies McCulloch for the 2023 Championship Tour.

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  • Winner of the Hale'iwa Challenger Tournament, Australian surfer Sophie McCulloch pictured at the 2022 Haleiwa Challenger Tournament in Hale'iwa, Hawai'i on December 2, 2022. (Photo/Erik Kabik Photography/ MediaPunch)
  • Winner of the Hale'iwa Challenger Tournament, Australian surfer Sophie McCulloch pictured at the 2022 Haleiwa Challenger Tournament in Hale'iwa, Hawai'i on December 2, 2022. (Photo/Erik Kabik Photography/ MediaPunch)
  • Winner of the Hale'iwa Challenger Tournament, Australian surfer Sophie McCulloch pictured at the 2022 Haleiwa Challenger Tournament in Hale'iwa, Hawai'i on December 2, 2022. (Photo/Erik Kabik Photography/ MediaPunch)
  • Winner of the Hale'iwa Challenger Tournament, Australian surfer Sophie McCulloch pictured at the 2022 Haleiwa Challenger Tournament in Hale'iwa, Hawai'i on December 2, 2022. (Photo/Erik Kabik Photography/ MediaPunch)
  • Winner of the Hale'iwa Challenger Tournament, Australian surfer Sophie McCulloch pictured at the 2022 Haleiwa Challenger Tournament in Hale'iwa, Hawai'i on December 2, 2022. (Photo/Erik Kabik Photography/ MediaPunch)
  • Winner of the Hale'iwa Challenger Tournament, Australian surfer Sophie McCulloch pictured at the 2022 Haleiwa Challenger Tournament in Hale'iwa, Hawai'i on December 2, 2022. (Photo/Erik Kabik Photography/ MediaPunch)
  • Winner of the Hale'iwa Challenger Tournament, Australian surfer Sophie McCulloch pictured at the 2022 Haleiwa Challenger Tournament in Hale'iwa, Hawai'i on December 2, 2022. (Photo/Erik Kabik Photography/ MediaPunch)
  • Winner of the Hale'iwa Challenger Tournament, Australian surfer Sophie McCulloch pictured at the 2022 Haleiwa Challenger Tournament in Hale'iwa, Hawai'i on December 2, 2022. (Photo/Erik Kabik Photography/ MediaPunch)
  • Winner of the Hale'iwa Challenger Tournament, Australian surfer Sophie McCulloch pictured at the 2022 Haleiwa Challenger Tournament in Hale'iwa, Hawai'i on December 2, 2022. (Photo/Erik Kabik Photography/ MediaPunch)

“I have no words. I kinda had a feeling I was gonna get in second, but I honestly had no idea [that I won]. This is, I’m speechless. I’m so grateful to be here,” said McCulloch to the World Surf League.