Athlete and Coach Workshop Scheduled with Support From IOC Olympic Solidarity Fund

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Ricardo Christie on his way to a fifth place finish at the recent Vans US Open. Image courtesy of WSL
Ricardo Christie on his way to a fifth place finish at the recent Vans US Open. Image courtesy of WSL

Athlete and Coach Workshop Scheduled with Support From IOC Olympic Solidarity Fund

New Zealand’s top surfers and surfing minds will come together this December at a high performance athlete and coach workshop. The workshop will commence preparation for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games where surfing will be contested for the first time.

The two day workshop is supported by the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Olympic Solidarity Fund after a successful application to the New Zealand Olympic Committee (NZOC).

The workshop has been developed around the availability of our top athletes who have been enthusiastic to see this collaborative initiative take place and keen to have input into the process.

Likewise, a number of New Zealand’s top surfing minds have been engaged and are looking forward to coming together and developing a high performance pathway that not only has a focus on Tokyo 2020, but also a wider pathway to international success for our country’s top surfers.

New Zealand’s two top ranked surfers Paige Hareb (Tara) and Ricardo Christie (Gis) will be back in the country to attend.  At present, both surfers have an outstanding chance at qualifying for the World Surf League (WSL) 2018 World Tour three months out from the completion of the Qualifying Series.

Hareb currently sits in ninth place and Christie sits in 11th place, the two needing to finish in the top six and ten respectively to guarantee qualification.

Hareb and Christie will be joined at the workshop by the likes of Ella Williams (WGM), Billy Stairmand (Rag) and Kehu Butler (Mnt) plus a number of New Zealand’s top surfers both current and up-and-coming.

“The inclusion of surfing in the Olympics has opened new high performance opportunities for surfing in the last twelve months since it was announced as being part of Tokyo 2020.  Opportunities include this workshop as well as funding for Paige Hareb through High Performance Sport New Zealand and we anticipate this support increasing” said Surfing New Zealand’s Lee Ryan.

“We are looking forward to the workshop and having valuable input from athletes, both past and present, plus knowledge via coaches and athletes from inside and outside the sport of surfing” added Ryan.

Speakers at the workshop to date include Dr Oliver Farley who completed his doctorate at the Surfing Australia High Performance Centre along with New Zealand’s leading surf coach, Matt Scorringe from The Art of Surfing and sports psychologist Jhan Gavala.  Drug Free Sport New Zealand will also update athletes and coaches on clean sport and the responsibilities of Olympic athletes.

The qualification process for Tokyo 2020 will be determined by the IOC and the International Surfing Association by the end of 2017.  This will provide a clear picture for our athletes in terms of what they need to do in order to qualify and what time frames they will need to observe.

A total of 20 males and 20 females will compete at the Olympic Games and New Zealand can qualify a maximum of one athlete in each division.  Once New Zealand qualifies an athlete, they will then require selection from the NZOC to represent New Zealand.

The two day workshop will take place at Raglan on the 9th – 10th December

Further Information
For further information on the workshop please contact Surfing New Zealand’s Ben Kennings on 021 2278732 or email benkennings@surfingnz.co.nz.

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Dominant Kiwi Team Arrive in Denmark For World Championship on Back of Exceptional Form

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Penelope Strickland on her way to gold in the Women's Technical Race at the 2016 event. Image courtesy of the ISA.
Penelope Strickland on her way to gold in the Women's Technical Race at the 2016 event. Image courtesy of the ISA.

The New Zealand Stand Up Paddle and Paddleboard Team have arrived in Denmark with huge momentum after team members have been successfully competing overseas in recent months.

The team of eleven athletes are competing at the International Surfing Association (ISA) World Stand Up Paddle and Paddleboard Championship which commences on September 1st (local time) with the parade of nations and sands of the world ceremony.  The competition proper kicks off with the distance races for the SUP and prone athletes on September 2nd.

The New Zealand Team has already been touted as part of the ‘Big 5’ at the event alongside Australia, France, Hawaii and USA.  This status is no doubt aided by the team’s bronze medal secured at the 2016 in Fiji.  However, this year, the team have brought in further title contenders with the likes of number one ranked Annabel Anderson (Queenstown) joining the team as well as returning athletes Jasmine Smith (Gis) and Ollie Houghton (Auck).

New Zealand has two defending champions in Sam Shergold (Mnt) in the Men’s Prone Distance Race and Penelope Strickland in the Women’s SUP Technical Race.

Strickland most recently shocked the SUP community with a win in one of the biggest races of the year – the 42km Molokai to Oahu Challenge, smashing the course record in the process.

In a similar manner, Strickland went into the last year’s World Championships well under the radar and came away with the gold medal.  The underdog tag will be nowhere to be seen after her performances over the last 12 months.

The addition of Annabel Anderson to the team this year only bolsters New Zealand’s winning stocks, Anderson going into most international races as the athlete to beat.  This year’s edition of the World Championship will be no different as she lines up for the Endurance, Technical and Sprint races.

At 15 years of age, Jasmine’s younger sister, Stella Smith (Gis), is the youngest member of the New Zealand Team.  She won the National Championships in January and her impressive performances will push the best in the world in the SUP Surfing discipline.

Australia go into the event as the defending champions while France finished second in 2016 with the highly touted Hawaiian’s in fourth.

The 2017 Denmark event is expected to attract close to 40 nations and 250 participants with ten nations expected to debut at the event.

The schedule for the event is as follows:

September 1: Opening Ceremony, Parade of Nations and Sands of the World
September 2: Men’s and Women’s SUP and Prone Distance Races
September 3: Men’s and Women’s SUP Sprint Races plus medal ceremonies (Distance and Sprint)
September 5 – 10: SUP Surf, SUP and Prone Technical Races, Team Relays, Closing Ceremony

Please see below for the full team that will compete at the 2017 ISA World Stand Up Paddle and Paddleboard Championship being held in Denmark from 1-10 September 2017.

Trevor Tunnington (AUS based) – SUP Surf, Endurance and Sprint Races
Sean Hovell (Gis) – SUP Surf
Stella Smith (Gis) – SUP Surf
Lucy Te Moananui (Kaikoura) – SUP Surf Women’s
Marcus Hansen (Whangarei) – SUP Distance and Technical Races
Oliver Houghton (Auck) – SUP Technical Race
Penelope Strickland (Auckland) – SUP Distance and Technical Races
Annabel Anderson (Qtown) – SUP Endurance, Technical and Sprint Races
Sam Shergold (Mount Maunganui) – Paddleboard Distance and Technical Races
Jessica Miller (AUS based) – Paddleboard Distance Race
Jasmine Smith (Gis) – Paddleboard Technical Race

Manager – Rosie Houghton (Auckland)
Assistant Manager – Gavin Houghton (Auckland)

Further Information
For further information on the New Zealand Stand Up Paddle and Paddleboard Team please contact Surfing New Zealand’s Ben Kennings on 021 2278732 or email benkennings@surfingnz.co.nz.

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ELLA WILLIAMS CLAIM 2017 BOARDMASTERS TITLES

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FISTRAL BEACH, Cornwall – England (Saturday, August 12, 2017) — Ella Williams (NZL), 22, and Lliam Mortensen (AUS), 20, have claimed the Boardmasters Quiksilver & Roxy Opentitles today in wind-affected three-to-four foot surf at Fistral. Competition resumed early this morning and culminated with the QS finals this afternoon in front of a packed beach.

Caption: The winners of the 2017 Boardmasters, Quiksilver & Roxy Opens. Credit: © WSL / Masurel
Caption: The winners of the 2017 Boardmasters, Quiksilver & Roxy Opens.
Credit: © WSL / Masurel

Mikaela Greene (AUS), 23, upset the defending event champion and her compatriot Claire Bevilacqua in their semifinal matchup as she belted her ticket for the final. Former World Junior Champion Ella Williams took out the second semi against Josefina Ane (ARG) to join Greene.

In a wave-starved final, both surfers built their scoreboard on mediocre waves at first, before finding better opportunities through the second half of the matchup. Eventually it was Williams who found the best scoring rides in a really difficult lineup at low tide and walked away with the win.

Williams claimed her first event win of the season and a much deserved break from a string of average results. The Kiwi surfer has been consistently placing in the Top 30 on the Qualifying Series and will need to build momentum from her Newquay win and transpose her good form on the bigger events coming right up.

“It’s such a great feeling to win an event again, I’m so excited!” Williams said. “This has been my toughest season ever so far so it’s nice to finally get back in rhythm. Winning an event makes the place all the more special and I’m excited to go back to Lacanau just like I’ll be excited to come back here next year. My mom and dad take turns travelling with me and I really like having their support, it’s really tough doing it on your own.”

Mikaela Greene placed runner-up for the second time in 2017 and adds yet another great result to her season tally. Unfortunately the young Aussie’s best finishes have only been in smaller-scale events so far and she’ll need to step her game up in the QS6,000 where the big points are.

Ella is a really tough competitor and if it was going to be anybody to lose to I’m glad I lost to her today,” Greene admitted. “Every heat is a learning curve and I definitely took away a lot from that heat. I’m pretty happy with my performance and I definitely hope I can get that first place before the end of the season. It gives you a lot of confidence when you have a good result behind you and I hope I can follow through in the next few events. This place has that real English vibe and it’s been a great experience for my first time in Newquay.”

One of the form surfers all-event, Lliam Mortensen eliminated the last British surfer in the opening semifinal, Jobe Harriss (GBR). He was joined in the final by Kairi Noro (JPN), 18, who came out on top of a tense matchup with Luis Diaz (CNY).

In the men’s final, Mortensen and Noro got off to a quicker start, with the first exchange going the Australian’s way for an early lead. Mortensen quickly put a second good score on the board to apply pressure on his opponent, eventually claiming his second back-to-back event win after the Murasaki Shonan Open in Japan last month.

Sitting right outside the Top 100 coming into Boardmasters, Mortensen is on his way to the coveted QS10,000 events and will have a chance to shine amongst some of the World’s best surfers if he can keep his momentum throughout the European leg.

“I had a super bad season last year and I couldn’t imagine turning it around with two event wins halfway through this one,” Mortensen stated. “I’ve been to England a couple of times but never here and I loved it. It’s summer time and everyone’s here, and to surf in front of a crowd is really cool. I’m definitely going to have a little celebration at the music festival now!”

Kairi Noro (JPN), 18, was the surprise finalist at Fistral, topping a stacked field to place runner-up for the first time in a Qualifying Series event. The 18-year-old from Japan will take a massive leap on the rankings where he stood in 256th position before this event.

“I’m very happy with my result today,” Noro said. “I’ve had a great time here, we had decent waves and the people were super nice, I loved the food too it was an awesome experience! It’s only my second year on the QS and this is my best result ever so I’m excited and I look forward to my next events in France and Spain.”

With Boardmasters, Quiksilver & Roxy Open completed today, the new European QS Top 5 is as follows:

Men:
1 – Gony Zubizarreta (ESP)
2 – Jorgann Couzinet (FRA)
3 – Vasco Ribeiro (PRT)
4 – Pedro Henrique (PRT)
5 – Jonathan Gonzalez (CNY)

Women:
1 – Carol Henrique (PRT)
2 – Justine Dupont (FRA)
3 – Camilla Kemp (PRT)
4 – Peony Knight (GBR)
5 – Garazi Sanchez-Ortun (EUK)

BOARDMASTERS, QUIKSILVER OPEN FINAL RESULTS:
1 – Lliam Mortensen (AUS) 13.07
2 –
Kairi Noro (JPN) 9.60

BOARDMASTERS, ROXY OPEN FINAL RESULTS:
1 – Ella Williams (NZL) 11.90
2 –
Mikaela Greene (AUS) 9.57

BOARDMASTERS, QUIKSILVER OPEN SEMIFINAL RESULTS:
SF 1: Lliam Mortensen (AUS) 14.30 def. Jobe Harriss (GBR) 12.90
SF 2: Kairi Noro (JPN) 12.27 def. Luis Diaz (CNY) 11.37

BOARDMASTERS, ROXY OPEN SEMIFINAL RESULTS:
SF 1: Mikaela Greene (AUS) 13.83 def. Claire Bevilacqua (AUS) 12.60
SF 2: Ella Williams (NZL) 10.46 def. Josefina Ane (ARG) 9.96

BOARDMASTERS, QUIKSILVER OPEN QUARTERFINAL RESULTS:
QF 1: Jobe Harriss (GBR) 13.20 def. Arne Bergwinkl (DEU) 11.07
QF 2: Lliam Mortensen (AUS) 16.83 def. Gearoid McDaid (IRL) 11.77
QF 3: Luis Diaz (CNY) 16.07 def. Jordan Lawler (AUS) 8.70
QF 4: Kairi Noro (JPN) 14.70 def. Edouard Delpero (FRA) 13.17

BOARDMASTERS, ROXY OPEN QUARTERFINAL RESULTS:
QF 1: Claire Bevilacqua (AUS) 13.10 def. Justine Dupont (FRA) 10.54
QF 2: Mikaela Greene (AUS) 10.83 def. Vahine Fierro (PYF) 10.10
QF 3: Ella Williams (NZL) 12.73 def. Ren Hashimoto (JPN) 8.97
QF 4: Josefina Ane (ARG) 11.40 def. Lee-Ann Curren (FRA) 8.26

BOARDMASTERS, QUIKSILVER OPEN ROUND 4 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Jobe Harriss (GBR) 13.34, Gearoid McDaid (IRL) 12.07, Ian Fontaine (FRA) 12.06, Jay Quinn (NZL) 8.70
Heat 2: Lliam Mortensen (AUS) 13.77, Arne Bergwinkl (DEU) 12.76, Luke Dillon (GBR) 10.56, Liam O’Brien (AUS) 10.06
Heat 3: Jordan Lawler (AUS) 12.73, Kairi Noro (JPN) 10.73, Lens Arancibia Avila (FRA) 9.40, Slade Prestwich (ZAF) 7.53
Heat 4: Edouard Delpero (FRA) 13.33, Luis Diaz (CNY) 9.40, Alex Bauduin (CNY) 9.10, Tristan Guilbaud (FRA) 8.67

UPCOMING BOARDMASTERS, JEEP MEN’S LONGBOARD QUARTERFINAL MATCHUPS:
QF 1: Antoine Delpero (FRA) vs. Jack Unsworth (GBR)
QF 2: Emilien Fleury (FRA) vs. Sam Bleakley (GBR)
QF 3: Joao Dantas (PRT) vs. Ben Skinner (GBR)
QF 4: Alberto Fernandez (ESP) vs. Edouard Delpero (FRA)

UPCOMING BOARDMASTERS, JEEP WOMEN’S LONGBOARD QUARTERFINAL MATCHUPS:
QF 1: Lindsay Steinriede (USA) vs. Emily Currie (GBR)
QF 2: Alice Lemoigne (REU) vs. Honolua Blomfield (HAW)
QF 3: Justine Dupont (FRA) vs. Mason Schremmer (USA)
QF 4: Kathleen Barrigao (PRT) vs. Rachael Tilly (USA)

INCREDIBLE OPENING DAY OF ACTION AT J-BAY

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CORONA OPEN J-BAY CALLED ON

JEFFREYS BAY, South Africa (Saturday, July 15, 2017) – The Corona Open J-Bay, stop No. 6 on the 2017 World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT), got off to an incredible start today running through Round 1 in excellent conditions at Supertubes. The world’s best surfers made the most of the overhead surf on offer and the WSL Champions dominated the day’s action and each won their opening heat and advanced directly to the third round.

Reigning WSL Champion John John Florence (HAW) was the performer of the day and commanded the lineup in his Round 1 match-up against 2017 WSL rookie Ian Gouveia (BRA)and trials winner Dale Staples (ZAF). The current World No. 2 posted three nine-point rides including a near-perfect 9.70 for two tube rides and two incredible turns. Local hero Staples looked in fine form to finish the heat in second place with a 16.03 heat total while the Brazilian rookie failed to escape combination. The World Champion sealed the win with an excellent 9.67 and a 19.37 heat total (out of a possible 20), the best of the day.

“The waves are firing right now, this is the best J-Bay I’ve surfed during the contest,” Florence said. “Being out there by yourself you can position yourself exactly where you want to take off and then you have this big open canvas in front of you, it’s crazy. My board is called the Ghost, I rode a 6’2 at Margaret River, and a 6’0 here and since we’ve started working on this board I haven’t found a wave where it doesn’t work. It just gives you so much confidence throughout the practice surfs when you’re not trading off boards.”

An impossibly deep barrel from 2014 WSL Champion Gabriel Medina (BRA) was rewarded with a near-perfect 9.93, the highest single-wave score of the day, and a confident victory over opponents Stuart Kennedy (AUS) and Caio Ibelli (BRA). With four previous Quarterfinal finishes at Jeffreys Bay, Medina is keen to post a strong result in South Africa to move up inside the top ten on the Jeep Leaderboard.

“I’ve been watching a lot of heats this morning so I really wanted to get the first big wave,” said Medina. “I had so much fun surfing here today and I’m stoked to win that heat. It’s really fun to surf out here today. I tried to make sure I found the big waves. It’s really hard on your backhand when it’s fast, so you have to choose the right waves but you never know what J-Bay is going to do.”

Round 1 Heat 5 was another huge match-up and two-time event winner Jordy Smith (ZAF)took the early advantage over Conner Coffin (USA) and event wildcard Michael February (ZAF). Coffin quickly leapt into first place with a technical barrel followed by a series of critical maneuvers and was rewarded with a 9.37. Smith, currently sitting at No. 3 on the Jeep Leaderboard, continued to scour the lineup for the 8.72 required but a final attempt with two minutes remaining wasn’t enough and he is relegated to elimination Round 2. Fan favorite February had the crowd on their feet, but didn’t have the power to challenge Smith and Coffin and was left in a combination situation.

“That was just so fun,” said Coffin. “We have so much swell coming and this morning was just pumping. Perfect conditions and just three people out – that’s the stuff I dream of. I think I’ve surfed that wave in my head so many times before. When it popped up I was just so excited so I just had to stay calm and the wave was incredible. I’ve been here for a while and there’s been waves every day so it’s been a good opportunity to surf out here. Jordy (Smith) is just my favorite surfer and I really look up to him so I knew it would be a tough battle out here and I would have to surf my best.”

Jeremy Flores (FRA) delivered another impressive performance and the first upset of the day in Round 1 Heat 4. Flores took to the lineup in against current No. 1 on the Jeep Leaderboard Matt Wilkinson (AUS) and Ethan Ewing (AUS). The Australian rookie, who has yet to win a heat on the CT in his opening season, came out battling to take an early lead but Flores stormed into first place with a 7.83 and quickly improved his scoreline with an excellent 9.17 for multiple barrels and finished with a 17.00 heat total. Wilkinson and Ewing will surf again in elimination Round 2.

“That wave was so beautiful,” said Flores. “When I was paddling I felt a bit of pressure because that was the best wave I’ve had an opportunity to be on for the past ten days so I knew I shouldn’t blow it. I don’t usually claim but I couldn’t help it – there’s so much energy in the crowd here. It’s hard to keep composed and really relaxed when conditions are so good. You need to really pace your flow and your speed out here because the rides are so long. This is what we’re on this tour for – to surf waves like this – and when we get them it changes everything!”

Three-time WSL Champion Mick Fanning (AUS) opened his Round 1 match-up with a bang and posted an 8.50 for a series of big carves. The defending and four-time event winner improved his lead with another excellent score, an 8.73, to advance easily to Round 3 over Sebastian Zietz (HAW) and Joan Duru (FRA).

“It’s really nice out there,” Fanning said. “J-Bay is one of my favorite waves and what better place to be. I was really nervous before my heat because I just couldn’t wait to get out there. The conditions are pretty ludicrous out there so you just have to calm your nerves and focus on the job at hand.”

The 11-time WSL Champion Kelly Slater (USA) powered through his first heat at Jeffreys Bay by opening with an excellent 9.10 for a deep tube ride. A back-up 7.17 sealed the win for the four-time event winner, despite a last-minute attempt from Julian Wilson (AUS), sending the Australian and Kanoa Igarashi (USA) to elimination Round 2.

“This place is so beautiful – brisk weather, great waves, long walls and a lot of speed on the waves,” Slater said. “It’s such a fantastic place. This is surprising, I didn’t think we’d be surfing today but now we’ve got four or five really good days ahead and we’ll have a great contest. Before the heat I said that if I got a good wave I would claim it, so I did.”

The opening heat of the day saw two-time event winner Joel Parkinson (USA) take on Brazilians Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) and Miguel Pupo (BRA). The 2012 WSL Champion looked hungry for his third win at Jeffreys Bay. Dantas found an incredible stand-up barrel but wasn’t able to complete the ride and the score fell short. Parkinson meanwhile used his experience to find an excellent 8.23 and take the heat win.

“I’m really glad that we’re finally underway,” said Parkinson. “Wiggolly’s barrel was amazing and I really thought he was going to get a nine but accidents happen. He’s such an amazing surfer, he’s beaten me out here before, so I’m sure he’ll bounce back. We’re lucky enough in Australia to have a lot of great point breaks so I think that really helps get a good read on this type of wave.”

An incredibly close heat between 2015 WSL Champion Adriano de Souza (BRA), 2017 WSL rookie Frederico Morais (PRT) and Jadson Andre (BRA) played out in Round 1 Heat 3 with the trio separated by just 1.26 points. De Souza opened strong with a 7.83 to build his scoreline. The Portuguese rookie chased the World No. 3 throughout the heat but his final ride fell just 0.10 of a point short of the required scored and he will have to surf again in Round 2 along with Andre.

“I’m so happy to make this heat,” said De Souza. “Frederico (Morais) and Jadson (Andre) both surfed pretty great out there. I’m stoked with the win and to be back in J-Bay. When I have the chance I always come early. This year I came two weeks early and I got a great swell so it was a great opportunity to get some practice in. Now I’m going to watch the event and try and learn as much as I can from the other guys in the lineup.”

Event officials will reconvene tomorrow morning at 7:00 a.m. local time to assess the conditions and make the next call.

Surfline, official forecaster for the Corona Open J-Bay, are calling for:

Overlapping SW to SSW swells through the weekend will provide fun to mid size surf. Light offshore flow Saturday will become strong/breezy offshore flow Sunday. Monday will see a decreasing trend for the first half of the day as offshore flow likely continues. A new, and potentially strong, SW to SSW swell looks likely to build in through Tuesday before easing Wednesday. Favorable wind looks likely. There is potential for more SW swell for the end of next week.

The event will be broadcast LIVE via WorldSurfLeague.com, the WSL app and on Facebook LIVE via the WSL’s Facebook page. Also check the local listings for coverage on CBS Sports Network in the U.S., Fox Sports in Australia, ESPN in Brazil, Sky NZ in New Zealand, SFR Sports in France and Portugal and as part of the EDGEsport Network.

For more information, check out WorldSurfLeague.com.

Corona Open J-Bay Round 1 Results:
Heat 1: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 14.32, Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) 13.60, Miguel Pupo (BRA) 10.33
Heat 2: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 13.84, Owen Wright (AUS) 11.16, Josh Kerr (AUS) 9.00
Heat 3: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 13.83, Frederico Morais (PRT) 13.73, Jadson Andre (BRA) 12.57
Heat 4: Jeremy Flores (FRA) 17.00, Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 12.27, Ethan Ewing (AUS) 9.93
Heat 5: Conner Coffin (USA) 17.04, Jordy Smith (ZAF) 14.76, Michael February (ZAF) 12.40
Heat  6: John John Florence (HAW) 19.37, Dale Staples (ZAF) 16.03, Ian Gouveia (BRA) 13.07
Heat  7: Italo Ferreira (BRA) 15.27, Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA), Kolohe Andino (USA) 7.83
Heat  8: Kelly Slater (USA) 16.27, Julian Wilson (AUS) 15.84, Kanoa Igarashi (USA) 8.77
Heat  9: Jack Freestone (AUS) 16.00, Adrian Buchan (AUS) 13.66, Connor O’Leary (AUS) 11.00
Heat 10: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 18.83, Stuart Kennedy (AUS) 14.77, Caio Ibelli (BRA) 9.17
Heat 11: Mick Fanning (AUS) 17.23, Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 9.83, Joan Duru (FRA) 6.17
Heat 12: Michel Bourez (PYF) 16.67, Filipe Toledo (BRA) 15.17, Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 10.60

Corona Open J-Bay Round 2 Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. Dale Staples (ZAF)
Heat 2: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) vs. Michael February (ZAF)
Heat 3: Owen Wright (AUS) vs. Ethan Ewing (AUS)
Heat 4: Kolohe Andino (USA) vs. Jadson Andre (BRA)
Heat 5: Julian Wilson (AUS) vs. Josh Kerr (AUS)
Heat  6: Connor O’Leary (AUS) vs. Miguel Pupo (BRA)
Heat  7: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) vs. Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA)
Heat  8: Filipe Toledo (BRA) vs. Kanoa Igarashi (USA)
Heat  9: Caio Ibelli (BRA) vs. Stuart Kennedy (AUS)
Heat 10: Adrian Buchan (AUS) vs. Joan Duru (FRA)
Heat 11: Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) vs. Ezekiel Lau (HAW)
Heat 12: Frederico Morais (PRT) vs. Ian Gouveia (BRA)

Final Day Highlights – Outerknown Fiji Pro 2017

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It required nearly every day of the two-week waiting period to finish, but the Outerknown Fiji Pro saved the best for last. In the end, Matt Wilkinson found redemption after losing in the Final last year, topping rookie upstart Connor O’Leary to take the crown in a tightly contested heat.

MATT WILKINSON CLAIMS VICTORY AT OUTERKNOWN FIJI PRO

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Matt Wilkinson of Australia advances directly to the quarterfinals of the Outerknown Fiji Pro after winning Heat 1 of Round Four at Cloudbreak.

TAVARUA/NAMOTU, Fiji (Thursday, June 15, 2017) Matt Wilkinson (AUS) has won theOuterknown Fiji Pro, Stop No. 5 on the 2017 World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT), after an action-packed Finals Day that saw the world’s best surfers battle in pumping waves at Cloudbreak.

Wilkinson’s win comes after a hard-fought Final against 2017 CT Rookie Connor O’Leary (AUS), and triumphs over 2017 World Title contenders Michel Bourez (PYF) and Julian Wilson (AUS).

The Australian came into Fiji determined to take the win after earning a runner-up finish to 2014 WSL Champion Gabriel Medina (BRA) at this event last year. Wilkinson’s incredible 2016 season saw him win the opening two events and finish the year in fifth place. Today’s win not only marks Wilkinson’s third CT victory, but sees him lead the elite World Title race heading into the next event.

“We’ve had an awesome week that started with pumping waves and then had some lay days,” said Wilkinson. “If you were going to have lay days anywhere, this is the place to do it. Happiness translates to results.”

Wilkinson will now sport the coveted yellow Jeep Leader Jersey with 26,750 points on the leaderboard. His win advances him past former frontrunner and reigning WSL Champion John John Florence (HAW), as well as Jordy Smith (ZAF), Adriano de Souza (BRA) and Owen Wright (AUS).

“I am so stoked,” continued Wilkinson. “It definitely feels good to pick up momentum rather than to have the yellow Jeep Jersey to lose. Now I have it to keep. Thanks to everyone – all my support crew and everyone that has helped me.”


Caption: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) looked unstoppable throughout the event, charging his way to victory with a series of impressive performances.
Credit: © WSL / Cestari

An exciting Final saw both surfers post excellent-range scores in the opening ten minutes. The rookie took a slight edge thanks to his 6.50 back-up score and went on to build his advantage with a 7.37. Wilkinson battled through the rest of the 40 minute bout to turn the heat and with two minutes remaining his persistence paid off and an 8.03 was enough to earn him victory.

Today’s result sees O’Leary move up from 15th to 7th on the Jeep Leaderboard and secure his place firmly inside the Top 10. The impressive performance from the young Australian sees him leading the 2017 WSL Rookie of the Year race and become the only rookie to make a final this year. O’Leary won through every heat en route to the Final and defeated 2012 WSL Champion Joel Parkinson (AUS), fellow rookie Joan Duru (FRA) and 11X WSL Champion Kelly Slater (USA) before meeting Wilkinson in the Final.

“It was such a good final back-and-forth and I’m really glad we put on such a good show for everyone,” said O’Leary. “Wilkinson’s a legend. He got second here last year so he really deserves the win – he’s been ripping. I’m going to do some training and then head to Ballito and J-Bay.”


Caption: The in-form rookie Connor O’Leary (AUS) jumps up to 7th place on the Jeep Leaderboard after a runner-up finish today.
Credit: © WSL / Cestari

Bourez battled eventual winner Wilkinson in Semifinal 1. The pair were neck-and-neck through much of the heat but a last-ditch effort from the Australian saw him earn a 5.90 and edge the win over Bourez. The result is the best of the season for the Tahitian who was a standout all event, posting consistently high scores and winning each heat on his way to the Semifinals.

“It’s a weird feeling because he got that wave with like 20 seconds to go,” Bourez said. “He (Wilkinson) just got it at the end so good on him. I’m just super happy to be here – it’s pumping, there are barrels and it’s a beautiful day. I wish I made the Final but at the end of the day I had fun.”

En route to his runner-up finish, O’Leary took down Parkinson, CT veteran and 2012 WSL Champion, in the second Semifinal. Parkinson gained the lead on his opening exchange with a 6.83, but the rookie dominated with an excellent 8.00 and 7.40 for the win. Parkinson’s 3rd place finish marks his best result of the season and puts him in 6th place on the Jeep Rankings.

“I’m a little disappointed but stoked with a Semifinal,” said Parkinson. “I’ve had pretty scrappy heats today so I really wanted to go out there and do the surfing I know I can do. Going into the dream leg of the tour I’m happy with a Semifinal finish. J-Bay is definitely one of my favorite events coming up.”

The Outerknown Fiji Pro was an incredible event for the 2017 rookie class with Leonardo Fiovaranti (ITA), Duru and Ian Gouveia (BRA) all making it through to Finals Day and delivering their best results of the season. The three rookies Fioravanti, Gouveia and Duru, each caused a stir in Round 3 where they eliminated top seeds Florence, Wright and Smith respectively. Fioravanti was eventually eliminated by Bourez in the Quarterfinals after sending home Gouveia in Round 5 while Duru couldn’t overcome runner-up O’Leary.

The next stop on the 2017 Men’s WSL CT will be the Corona Open J-Bay from July 12 – 23, 2017. The women will next compete at the Vans US Open of Surfing, which opens July 31and runs through August 6, 2017.

The events will be broadcast LIVE via WorldSurfLeague.com, the WSL app and on Facebook LIVE via the WSL’s Facebook page. Also check the local listings for coverage on CBS Sports Network in the U.S., Fox Sports in Australia, ESPN in Brazil, Sky NZ in New Zealand, SFR Sports in France and Portugal and as part of the EDGEsport Network.

For more information, check out WorldSurfLeague.com.

Outerknown Fiji Men’s Pro Final Results:
1 – Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 16.60
2 – Connor O’Leary (AUS) 15.70

Outerknown Fiji Men’s Pro Semifinal Results:
SF 1: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 14.23 def. Michel Bourez (PYF) 14.00
SF 2: Connor O’Leary (AUS) 15.40 def. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 8.36

Outerknown Fiji Men’s Pro Quarterfinal Results:
QF 1: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 17.00 def. Julian Wilson (AUS) 16.30
QF 2: Michel Bourez (PYF) 17.80 def. Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA) 13.57
QF 3: Connor O’Leary (AUS) 11.16 def. Joan Duru (FRA)
QF 4: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 13.67 def. Bede Durbidge (AUS) 11.23

Outerknown Fiji Men’s Pro Round 5 Results:
Heat 1: Julian Wilson (AUS) 13.34 def. Italo Ferreira (BRA) 7.34
Heat 2: Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA) 14.83 def. Ian Gouveia (BRA) 11.33
Heat 3: Joan Duru (FRA) 17.33 def. Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 12.50
Heat 4: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 12.57 def. Stuart Kennedy (AUS) 12.36

2017 WSL Men’s Jeep Leaderboard (After Outerknown Fiji Men’s Pro):
1 – Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 26,750 points
2 – John John Florence (HAW) 26,500 points
3 – Jordy Smith (ZAF) 26,150 points
3 – Adriano de Souza (BRA) 26,150 points
3 – Owen Wright (AUS) 26,150 points

Medals on the Mind of Powerful New Zealand SUP and Paddleboard Team

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Penelope Strickland leading the pack in Fiji. She will be out to defend her world title this September. Image courtesy of ISA / Reed.
Penelope Strickland leading the pack in Fiji. She will be out to defend her world title this September. Image courtesy of ISA / Reed.

Podium finishes and medals are on the minds of twelve athletes named in the New Zealand Team that will compete at the International Surfing Association (ISA) World Stand Up Paddle and Paddleboard Champions this September.

Penelope Strickland leading the pack in Fiji. She will be out to defend her world title this September. Image courtesy of ISA / Reed.
Penelope Strickland leading the pack in Fiji. She will be out to defend her world title this September. Image courtesy of ISA / Reed.

The New Zealand Team has continued its rise up the world rankings with a fourth place finish in 2015 followed by a bronze medal in 2016 when the event was held in the tropical waters of neighbouring Fiji.

2017 event hosts, Denmark, could not be any further removed from Fiji but this years team will be searching for the same outstanding performances spurred on by defending champions, medallists and potent new recruits to the team.

New Zealand will defend titles in the Women’s SUP Technical Race through Penelope Strickland (Auck) and Men’s Prone Distance Race through Sam Shergold (Mnt).  Both athletes return this year with Strickland also competing in the Women’s SUP Distance Race.

Strickland is joined by Queenstown paddler Annabel Anderson who has held the SUP Racer number one ranking for several years and will be a major force in technical, distance and sprint races.

Three Australian based athletes join the team in Trevor Tunnington, Cory Taylor and Jasmine Smith.  Tunnington will have a big workload as he competes across the SUP Technical and Sprint Races as well as the SUP Surfing Discipline.

Tunnington, who returned to New Zealand in January to win the National Championships, will be joined by Sean Hovell (Gis) in the surfing discipline.

Hovell is one of three Gisborne athletes in the team with sisters Jasmine Smith (Prone Technical) and Stella Smith (SUP Surfing) also in the team.

At 15 years of age, Stella Smith is the youngest member of the New Zealand Team.  She won the National Championships in January and has shown form that will see her rival the best in the world come September.  She is joined by Kaikoura’s Lucy Te Moananui in the surfing discipline.

Stella’s oldest sister Jasmine competed at the event in 2015 where she placed fourth and received the copper medal.  This year she returns to the team with two years extra experience competing against the best in Australia as well as coming off the back of her first Molokai to Oahu race being held in Hawaii during July – a race considered the pinnacle of long distance paddling.

Another athlete returning to the team is 17-year-old Ollie Houghton.  Houghton last competed at the event in 2015 but had to forgo his place in the 2016 team due to school commitments.  This year he returns to race in the SUP Technical Race.

Houghton is joined by Marcus Hansen (Whangarei) who finished inside the top ten in both the distance and technical races that he will again contest this year.

Australian based 2015 double medallist Cory Taylor returns to the fold in 2017 to contest the Prone Technical Race.  Taylor is a regular participant in the famous Australian Ironman Series.

Rounding out the team is Jessica Miller who will contest the Paddleboard Distance Race.  Miller has big shoes to fill following the two silver medals achieved by Danielle McKenzie (Auck) at the 2016 event.

Australia go into the event as the defending champions while France finished second in 2016 with the highly touted Hawaiian’s in fourth.

The 2017 Denmark event is expected to attract over 30 nations with its close proximity to other European nations.

The schedule for the event is as follows:

September 1: Opening Ceremony, Parade of Nations and Sands of the World
September 2: Men’s and Women’s SUP and Prone Distance Races
September 3: Men’s and Women’s SUP Sprint Races plus medal ceremonies (Distance and Sprint)
September 5 – 10: SUP Surf, SUP and Prone Technical Races, Team Relays, Closing Ceremony

Please see below for the full team that will compete at the 2017 ISA World Stand Up Paddle and Paddleboard Championship being held in Denmark from 1-10 September 2017.

Trevor Tunnington (AUS based) – SUP Surf, Endurance and Sprint Races
Sean Hovell (Gis) – SUP Surf
Stella Smith (Gis) – SUP Surf
Lucy Te Moananui (Kaikoura) – SUP Surf Women’s
Marcus Hansen (Whangarei) – SUP Distance and Technical Races
Oliver Houghton (Auck) – SUP Technical Race
Penelope Strickland (Auckland) – SUP Distance and Technical Races
Annabel Anderson (Qtown) – SUP Endurance, Technical and Sprint Races
Sam Shergold (Mount Maunganui) – Paddleboard Distance Race
Cory Taylor (Gold Coast) – Paddleboard Technical Race
Jessica Miller (AUS based) – Paddleboard Distance Race
Jasmine Smith (Gis) – Paddleboard Technical Race

Manager – Rosie Houghton (Auckland)
Assistant Manager – Gavin Houghton (Auckland)
Paddleboard Coach – Scott Cowdrey (Mount Maunganui)

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For further information on the New Zealand Stand Up Paddle and Paddleboard Team please contact Surfing New Zealand’s Ben Kennings on 021 2278732 or email benkennings@surfingnz.co.nz.

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Hutchison Bows Out of World Surfing Games, Kiwis Finish 14th

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Taylor Hutchison. Image courtesy of the ISA
Taylor Hutchison. Image courtesy of the ISA

The New Zealand Team have finished fourteenth at the International Surfing Association (ISA) World Surfing Games completed at Biarritz, France overnight after our final athlete was eliminated from the event and the team were eliminated from the Aloha Cup in the semifinals.

Taylor Hutchison. Image courtesy of the ISA
Taylor Hutchison. Image courtesy of the ISA

Hosts France went on to win the overall event by an unprecedented points margin and also won the Aloha Cup.  Mexican Jhony Corzo won the Open Men’s Division held in small 1.0m waves.

Taylor Hutchison (Rag) went into the final two days of the event building momentum.  He advanced out of the third round and into some tough competition including hometown hero and World Tour surfer Joan Duru.

Hutchison fell short in his fourth round matchup unable to find the quality waves he needed to produce big scores.

“Joan Duru would be the best surfer I’ve surfed against to date and I was really excited to surf against him.”

“In that final heat, I knew I had a couple of tough competitors but it didn’t really phase me as I knew if I got the good ones I could make it through” said a philosophical Hutchison.

“In the end I just couldn’t find any good ones at all and hunted up and down the bank with no success and that sometimes happens” added Hutchison.

It was a big improvement on his early exit from the event in 2016 and the young 20-year-old surfer will build toward more international competition.

“Overall I made it further through the contest than I thought I would which gives me confidence in the future so I’m happy with my overall result. I felt I definitely had better surfing to offer if I was to catch the right waves but that’s part of competing” commented Hutchison of his performance.

On the final day of the event New Zealand contested the Aloha Cup which is a tag team event held amongst the top eight nations.  New Zealand was eliminated in the semifinals placing fourth in their heat behind France, Peru and Costa Rica.

The World Surfing Games were held at Biarritz in the south of France from the 20th – 28th May.  A record 47 nations participated at the event as the sport prepares for Tokyo 2020 and the Olympics for the first time.

Please see below for full and final results from day eight of the 2017 ISA World Surfing Games held at Biarritz, France overnight (Sunday 28th May).

Open Men’s Division Round 3
Heat 14

Imanol Yeregui, ESP, 10.60, 1, Taylor Hutchison, NZL, 10.00, 2, Leonardo Calvo, CRC, 8.80, 3, Thierno Sambe, SEN, 3.53, 4

Open Men’s Division Round 4
Heat 7

Joan Duru, FRA, 13.93, 1, Jordy Collins, USA, 11.24, 2, Jonas Bachan, AUT, 9.26, 3, Taylor Hutchison, NZL, 5.83, 4

Aloha Cup Semifinals
Heat 1

France, 37.3, 1, Peru, 34.7, 2, Costa Rica, 32.6, 3, New Zealand, 25.42, 4
Heat 2
Portugal, 49.77, 1, USA, 36.05, 2, Argentina, 35.33, 3, Japan, 31.98, 4

Aloha Cup Final
France, 54.96, 1, Portugal, 47.53, 2, Peru, 35.38, 3, USA, 33.07, 4

Open Men’s Division Final Placings
Jhony Corzo, MEX, 14.5, 1
Joan Duru, FRA, 13.9, 2
Pedro Henrique, POR, 12.47, 3
Jonathan González, ESP, 11.74, 4
Taylor Hutchison, NZL, 25th
Paul Moretti, NZL, 65th
Zen Wallis, NZL, 97th
JC Susan, NZL, 97th

Open Women’s Division Final Placings
Pauline Ado, FRA, 12.17, 1
Johanne Defay, FRA, 10.43, 2
Leilani McGonagle, CRC, 8.4, 3
Bianca Buitendag, RSA, 7.47, 4
Ella Williams, NZL, 7th
Raiha Ensor, NZL, 9th

Overall Team Points
1. France, 4275
2. Portugal, 2850
3. Spain, 2560
4. Mexico, 2455
5. Japan, 2395
6. Peru, 2193
7. USA, 2158
8. Brazil, 2120
9. Costa Rica, 2113
10. South Africa, 1965
11. Tahiti, 1960
12. Australia, 1880
13. England, 1833
14. New Zealand, 1781
15. Morocco, 1731

Threepeat for Hutchison as Vette Steps Up Big in Under 20s

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Taylor Hutchison. Image courtesy of Matt / NZ Surf Photography.
Taylor Hutchison. Image courtesy of Matt / NZ Surf Photography.

Raglan surfer Taylor Hutchison made it three in a row at the Backdoor GromBash completed at Raglan today (Sunday 30th April) winning the Premier Under 20 Boys Division.

Joining Hutchison was Saffi Vette (Gis) who won the Under 20 Girls Division moving up from the Under 17 Girls Division with her biggest win of her career.

The two surfers along with their opponents had to endure some strong cross onshore winds and wobbly 1.0m – 1.4m waves that only the points of Manu Bay could line up to resemble a clean line up.

Hutchison’s win sees him reclaim the number one ranking from Harrison Whiteside after his fourth straight win in the division.

Taylor Hutchison. Image courtesy of Matt / NZ Surf Photography.
Taylor Hutchison. Image courtesy of Matt / NZ Surf Photography.

Hutchison was simply too strong for his three competitors in the 25 minute final. Double finalist Jared Gebert (Ohope) was his closest rival posting a 12.33 piint heat total compared to Hutchison’s 14.40. Callum Chuter (Mnt) placed third in the final ahead of Jay Piper – Healion (Whitianga) who surfed in his first national level final.

Australian Axel Rose – Curotta claimed the Under 17 Boys Division but could not repeat his winning performance in the Under 14 Boys Division finishing runner up to Kora Cooper (Rag).

In the final of the Under 17 Boys Division, Rose – Curotta used his polished backhand to post a 13.83 point heat total. It is the third year the youngster has crossed the Tasman Sea to compete at the event and the first time he has finalled. He defeated his Kiwi opponents who were led by Dylan Preston (Mnt) in second, Jared Gebert in third and Caleb Cutmore (Ham) in fourth.

In the Under 14 Boys Division it was one near-perfect wave surfed by Kora Cooper (Rag) that completely flipped the final. Cooper went from fourth to first thanks to a 9.17 point ride. Finishing with a 13.3 point heat total, Cooper claimed his fourth win from six events contested this year and takes back the overall rankings lead with one event to go.

Curotta added a runner-up finish to his weekend’s performance ahead of Jayden Willoughby (Rag) in third and Josef Jungwirth (Rag) in fourth.

Saffi Vette (Gis) snatched victory in the Under 20 Girls Division surfing to a 5.9 on her last wave with 10 seconds to go in the final. Her win came at the demise of Mount Maunganui’s Raiha Ensor who led for much of the 25 minutes.

Vette finished with a 14.8 point heat total pipping Ensor’s 13.07 with Claudia Fraser (Piha) in third.

Despite missing the Under 20 Girls Division final due to pending international flights, Elin Tawharu made up for that earlier in the day with a win in the Under 17 Girls Division.

Tawharu posted an 11.7 point heat total for the win. It was her fourth straight win in the division giving her an unassailable rankings lead with one event remaining.

Finishing second was Brie Bennett (Rag) with Tiana – Breeze de Mooij (Mnt) in third and Zhana Hutchison (Tara) in fourth.

Bennett went on to win the Under 14 Girls Division and take the overall rankings for the year with the Backdoor GromBash being the final event.

Bennett was sitting in second place behind Ariana Shewry (Oakura) for much of the final until Shewry dropped in on the same wave as Bennett and incurred an interference putting her back to second.

Finishing third in the Under 14 Girls final was Natasha Gouldsbury (Levin) with first-time finalist Liv Haysom (Piha) finishing in fourth.

Please see below for final results from the Backdoor GromBash completed at Manu Bay, Raglan today, Sunday 30th April.

Under 20 Boys Division Semifinals
Heat 1
Jared Gebert (Ohope), 13.07, 1, Jay Piper – Healion (Whiti), 13.03, 2, Harrison Whiteside (ChCh), 12.4, 3, Tom Butland (OaKura), 11.03, 4
Heat 2
Taylor Hutchison (Rag), 14.77, 1, Callum Chuter (Tau), 10.67, 2, Caleb Cutmore (Ham), 10.57, 3, William Van Der Beek (Mnt), 8.6, 4

Under 20 Boys Division Final
Taylor Hutchison (Rag), 14.40, 1, Jared Gebert (Ohope), 12.33, 2, Callum Chuter (Tau), 9.50, 3, Jay Piper – Healion (Whiti), 8.0, 4

Under 17 Boys Division Semifinals
Heat 1
Axel Rose – Curotta (AUS), 15.3, 1, Caleb Cutmore (Ham), 14.3, 2, Lee Ririnui (Mnt), 11.8, 3, Shane Kraus (Piha), 9.6, 4
Heat 2
Dylan Preston (Mnt), 11.2, 1, Jared Gebert (Ohope), 9.73, 2, Kora Cooper (Rag), 7.1, 3, William Van der Beek (Mnt), 7, 4

Under 17 Boys Division Final
Axel Rose – Curotta (AUS), 13.73, 1, Dylan Preston (Mnt), 12.36, 2, Jared Gebert (Ohope), 10.83, Caleb Cutmore (Ham), 10.8, 4

Under 14 Boys Division Semifinals
Heat 1
Axel Rose – Curotta (AUS), 12.5, 1, Josef Jungwirth (Rag), 11.6, 2, Tom Butland (Tara), 10.8, 3, Saxon Reber (AUS), 10.8, 4
Heat 2
Kora Cooper (Rag), 13.3, 1, Jayden Willoughby (Rag), 11.4, 2, Navryn Malone (Rag), 9.2, 3, Jack Hinton (Mnt), 7.97, 4

Under 14 Boys Division Final
Kora Cooper (Rag), 14.63, 1, Axel Rose – Curotta (AUS), 14.33, 2, Jayden Willoughby (Rag), 14.17, 3, Josef Jungwirth (Rag), 13.83, 4

Under 20 Girls Division Semifinals
Heat 1
Raiha Ensor (Mnt), 13.8, 1, Elin Tawharu (Mnt), 11.2, 2, Ariana Shewry (Tara), 8.77, 3, Tiana – Breeze de Mooj (Mnt), 8.03, 4
Heat 2
Saffi Vette (Gis), 12.3, 1, Claudia Fraser (Auck), 12.2, 2, Tegen Bishop (Chch), 9.27, 3, Zhana Hutchison (Tara), 8.73, 4

Under 20 Girls Division Final
Saffi Vette (Gis), 14.80, 1, Raiha Ensor (Mnt), 13.07, 2, Claudia Fraser (Auck), 9.60, 3, Elin Tawharu (Mnt), n/s

Under 17 Girls Division Semifinals
Heat 1
Elin Tawharu (Mnt), 11.8, 1, Brie Bennett (Rag), 8.6, 2, Aimee Brown (Auck), 5.93, 3, Tegen Bishop (Chch), 5.4, 4
Heat 2
Zhana Hutchison (Tara), 9.77, 1, Tiana – Breeze de Mooj (Mnt), 6.57, 2, Gabrielle Paul (Auck), 6.53, 3, Saffi Vette (Gis), 5.1, 4

Under 17 Girls Division Final
Elin Tawharu (Mnt), 11.7, 1, Brie Bennett (Rag), 9.13, 2, Tiana – Breeze de Mooj (Mnt), 8.43, 3, Zhana Hutchison (Tara), 8.43

Under 14 Girls Division Semifinals
Heat 1
Brie Bennett (Rag), 12.3, 1, Natasha Gouldsbury (Levin), 11.5, 2, Anna Brock (Mnt), 7.83, 3, Daizee Rawls (Gis), 5.97, 4
Heat 2
Ariana Shewry (Tara), 15.6, 1, Liv Haysom (Piha), 10.1, 2, Alice Westerkamp (Auck), 8.27, 3, Hannah King (Gis), 6.83, 4

Under 14 Girls Division Final
Brie Bennett (Rag), 12.27, 1, Ariana Shewry (Tara), 7.77, 2, Natasha Gouldsbury (Levin), 7.57, 3, Liv Haysom (Piha), 3.93, 4

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Upcoming Events
5-7 May – Rip Curl Pro, Raglan
20-28 May – ISA World Surfing Games, France
1-10 September – ISA SUP and Prone World Championships, Denmark
23 September – 1 October – ISA World Junior Championships, Japan
7-8 October – Primary School Champs, Gisborne
9-13 October – Scholastic Championships, Gisborne
21-22 October – Aotearoa Maori Titles, Taranaki

Stairmand Snaps Quinn’s Run But Williams Gets Her Third

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Billy Stairmand. Image courtesy of Cory / NZ Surfing Magazine.
Billy Stairmand. Image courtesy of Cory / NZ Surfing Magazine.

Hometown hero Billy Stairmand snapped Maz Quinn’s winning streak at the Rip Curl Pro presented by Galbraiths completed at Manu Bay Raglan today (Saturday 6th May) winning the Open Men’s Division in convincing fashion.

While Stairmand was the disrupter for the men, in the Open Women’s Division, it was Ella Williams (WGM) that went three in a row with her victory in the final.

The last day of the Rip Curl Pro presented by Galbraiths was played out in clean 1.0m – 1.5m waves.  The wind changed from a light morning offshores to a light afternoon sea breeze that kept conditions pristine.

Stairmand’s win comes on the back of his sixth and record breaking national championship he won in January keeping a 2016 undefeated run in New Zealand.

Today he posted a 16.73 point heat total in the final leaving his opponents requiring near excellent scores to catch him.

“I was feeling super comfortable here, obviously it is my hometown, I have been surfing so much here recently and training, my board was feeling good all day and so was my surfing” said Stairmand post final.

“All the guys have been ripping this weekend though.  It was a gnarly final so I am stoked to get the win” he added knowing full well what the $3000 prize money can do for his international campaign.

“I am off to Japan in two weeks so this win is timely to help with funding that travel and it will help me to the next event in South Africa which I can book my flights for now too.”

In the final today it was Gisborne’s Bobby Hansen that got the closest to Stairmand posting a 15.33 point heat total in the final and going close to the required score on the last wave he rode in the dying seconds.

Two time defending champion Maz Quinn (Gis) had to settle for third place today.  Despite flashes of brilliance, Quinn could not match the wave selection of Stairmand and Hansen that would allow him to let loose.

Local surfer Taylor Hutchison finished fourth in the final with an excellent performance all weekend that will build confidence as he heads to France for the World Surfing Games in one week’s time.

Billy Stairmand.  Image courtesy of Cory / NZ Surfing Magazine.
Billy Stairmand. Image courtesy of Cory / NZ Surfing Magazine.
Ella Williams.  Image courtesy of Cory / NZ Surfing Magazine.
Ella Williams. Image courtesy of Cory / NZ Surfing Magazine.

Ella Williams claimed an Open Women’s Division final that was full of opportunity for all four surfers.  However it was the 22-year-old’s determination coupled with her international experience that separated her from her three opponents.

“This is the best result I could have hoped for today, I am so stoked” said Williams.  “It was fun all day, nice and glassy, a little onshore this afternoon but the faces were so clean” she added of the conditions.

Notably, unlike the Open Men’s Division which was full of natural footers, the women’s final was an all goofy foot affair.

“It is so exciting to surf against the girls, we were all evenly matched and I was lucky to get the best waves” said Williams.

Williams, who has one more week in New Zealand before heading overseas to compete in France and Mexico, posted a 13.43 point total in the final eclipsing four time event champion Jessica Santorik (Rag) who scored 12.13.

Santorik only just nudged Auckland’s Gabriella Sansom in to third place with the youngest of the finalists, 19 year old Indica Ratima (Rag) finishing in fourth place.

The Rip Curl Pro presented by Galbriaths is the fourth of five events on the New Zealand Surf Series with the final event being the Backdoor BayBash scheduled for Hawkes Bay during November.

A full replay of the coverage from Sky Sport will be shown on channel 53 on Sunday from 12pm – 4pm.

Please see below for final results from the Rip Curl Pro presented by Galbraiths completed at Manu Bay, Raglan today (Saturday 6th May).

Open Men’s Division Round of 32
Heat 1

Dylan Preston (WGM), 11.13, 1, Bachelor Tipene (Tara), 10.43, 2, Nat Hughes (Rag), 9.57, 3, Thomas Carter (Waihi Bch), .9.03, 4
Heat 2
Maz Quinn (Gis), 13.17, 1, Luke Cederman (Auck), 12.5, 2, Nick White (Mnt), 11.9, 3, Harrison Whiteside (ChCh), 10.33, 4
Heat 3
Matt Hewitt (Mnt), 13.9, 1, Joe Gethen (Ham), 13.1, 2, Ben Poulter (Waihi Bch), 11.03, 3, Conor McLennan (Chch), 8.9, 4
Heat 4
Bobby Hansen (Gis), 14.77, 1, Coby Perkovich (Aus), 13.37, 2, Chris Malone (Rag), 12.4, 3, Ben Kennings (WGM), 6.47, 4
Heat 5
Billy Stairmand (Rag), 15.93, 1, Callum Chuter (Mnt), 11.31, 2, Larry Fisher (Rag), 10.77, 3, Deane Hishon (Rag), 8.3, 4
Heat 6
Elliot Paerata – Reid (Piha), 16.8, 1, Daniel Kereopa (Rag), 14.17, 2, Lee Ririnui (Mnt), 10.57, 3, Jay Piper – Healion (Whiti), 7.6, 4
Heat 7
Sid West (GB), 12.9, 1, Alex Dive (Mnt), 11.9, 2, Levi Stewart (Waihi Bch), 10.53, 3, Fraser Falconer (Auck), 6.7, 4
Heat 8
Taylor Hutchison (Rag), 11.83, 1, Harry Macintosh (Waiheke), 8.4, 2, Tane Wallis (Piha), 5.57, 3, William Van Der Beek (Mnt), 2.93, 4

Open Men’s Division Quarterfinals
Heat 1

Luke Cederman (Auck), 18.87, 1, Maz Quinn (Gis), 15.17, 2, Dylan Preston (WGM), 10.73, 3, Bachelor Tipene (Tara), 8.37, 4
Heat 2
Bobby Hansen (Gis), 12, 1, Matt Hewitt (Mnt), 11.87, 2, Coby Perkovich (Aus), 11.53, 3, Joe Gethen (Ham), 11.03, 4
Heat 3
Billy Stairmand (Rag), 17.6, 1, Elliot Paerata – Reid (Piha), 13.9, 2, Daniel Kereopa (Rag), 13.83, 3, Callum Chuter (Mnt), 10.4, 4
Heat 4
Taylor Hutchison (Rag), 13.77, 1, Sid West (GB), 12.93, 2, Alex Dive (Mnt), 10.8, 3, Harry Macintosh (Waiheke), 10.17, 4

Open Men’s Division Semifinals
Heat 1

Bobby Hansen (Gis), 14.47, 1, Maz Quinn (Gis), 14.2, 2, Luke Cederman (Auck), 13.27, 3, Matt Hewitt (Mnt), 11.67, 4
Heat 2
Billy Stairmand (Rag), 17.6, 1, Taylor Hutchison (Rag), 13.7, 2, Elliot Paerata – Reid (Piha), 12.83, 3, Sid West (GB), 9.1, 4

Open Men’s Division Final
Bobby Hansen (Gis)
Maz Quinn (Gis)
Billy Stairmand (Rag)
Taylor Hutchison (Rag)

Open Women’s Division Semifinals
Heat 1

Ella Williams (Whmata), 15.8, 1, Jessica Santorik (Rag), 12.2, 2, Saffi Vette (Gis), 9.53, 3, Claudia Fraser (Piha), 8.1, 4
Heat 2
Gabriella Sansom (Auck), 12.9, 1, Indica Ratima (Rag), 11, 2, Kelly Clarkeson (Rag), 10.9, 3, Tiana-Breeze de Mooij (Mnt), 7.93, 4

Open Women’s Division Final
Ella Williams (Whmata), 13.43, 1, Jessica Santorik (Rag), 12.13, 2, Gabriella Sansom (Auck), 12.10, 3, Indica Ratima (Rag), 9.57

Information
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