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.