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Issue No. 412 April 2017

Surfing BOP

Locals Mark Pakes, Loyd Buckley and Shane McCarthy at Omanu.

More than 80 people did battle in the waves of Waihi and Mount Maunganui in the Police Surfing National Championships last month, reports Sergeant Tristan Murray, of Papamoa.

Day one saw favourable conditions in Waihi with good two-to-three foot waves and straight offshore winds.

Both the Open Men’s and Longboard Divisions were completed in Waihi, with six hours of surfing to make the most of the best conditions of the week.

On day two at Omanu the clean swell was just enough to complete divisions such as Novice and the Single Fin Longboard. Conditions slowly improved and a number of finals were run.

Day three and four were flat. Luckily on day five - after an early downpour and mini tornado at Omanu - conditions improved and surfing continued at a spot called Grove Ave, at the Mount, where the event finished in semi-clean waves.


Daniel Brown at Waihi
Gina Samson securing the Women’s title at Grove Ave.


Kris Edgington on his way to winning the Open Men’s division.
Photos: Duncan Jeffrey, Malcolm York

Highlights for me were the Novices - with their joy at surfing everything and anything - and the SUP Division, which has some seriously good competitors: Rangi Kingi (Gisborne), Geoff Pardoe (Gisborne), Craig Thorne (Waihi) and Aaron Fraser (Waikato) would shine at a National Level.

Also the silky smooth style and nose riding of Scott Pitkethely (Gisborne) and the good work of the locals: Kris Edgington (Rotorua) – Open Men’s winner; Justin Rishton (Papamoa); Mark Pakes, Lloyd Buckely and Benjamin Gallagher (all Tauranga); Rameka Poihipi (Te Puke); and yours truly, all of whom made their division finals.

A big thank-you to Police Sport and the Police Association for their support. Next year – Raglan.

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