The Ultimate Waterman
Various Locations, New Zealand
14 - 21 March 2015
New Zealander takes down big names in SUP division in leftover Pam swell
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 18 March, 2015 - Otago Peninsula, New Zealand - New Zealander Daniel Kereopa has completed an upset of sorts at The Ultimate Waterman driven by Subaru today by taking out the Stand Up Paddleboard Surfing Division over his more experienced international opponents.
The day’s action took place on the Otago Peninsula north of Dunedin in perfect 2.0m swells that wrapped around the rocky right hand point break. The remnants of Cyclone Pam continued to drive swell into the region creating excellent surfing conditions.
Kereopa won the 45 minute final in the dying stages after dropping in to an excellent wave midway down the point break. A big hook in pocket, a quick barrel and two turns later Kereopa finished his wave at the foot of the cliffs to score a perfect ten point ride.
Kereopa stole the final from Kai Lenny (HAW) who was in the lead after surfing an excellent 9.33 point ride smashing a wave the length of the point.
Kai Lenny © The Ultimate Waterman
“My preparations started at the New Zealand National Champs where I contested four divisions. I got some great advice from my long time mentor Geoff Hutchison who told me I needed much more urgency in my heats and that is the approach I took today to get my first wave early in the final,” said Kereopa.
“I was really lucky to get that last wave half way down the point and get a little barrel a couple of turns and that close-out move on the rocks,” added Kereopa.
To beat his international opponents was a big coup for Kereopa who said that even his children thought that Kai Lenny was going to “kick my butt”.
“This was a big one for me beating Kai, everyone knows he is one of the greatest ever watermen in the world so just being able to compete with him is good and yeah my kids owe me five bucks each now,” said Kereopa.
Current event ratings:
1, Kai Lenny (HAW)*, 3120
2, Danny Ching (USA)*, 3083
3, Manoa Drollet (TAH)*, 3083
4, Mark Visser (AUS)*, 2803
5, Georges Cronsteadt (TAH)*, 2723
6, Kala Alexander (HAW)*, 2518
7, Daniel Kereopa (NZL), 2253
8, Connor Baxter (HAW), 1955