The Ultimate Waterman
Various Locations, New Zealand
14 - 21 March 2015
Tahitian veteran brings home top honors in grinding cyclone surf
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 16 March, 2015 - New Zealand - Cyclone Pam delivered flawless waves on the Coromandel Peninsula today (Monday 16th February) with Tahitian surfer Manoa Drollet claiming the second discipline contested in The Ultimate Waterman driven by Subaru – the shortboard division.
The eight athletes enjoyed perfect 2.0m tubes at an isolated beach in the northern Coromandel that requires a cyclone with intensity such as Pam to break.
The day started out with a trip south from Auckland in driving rain and gale winds. Upon reaching the East Coast it was evident that cyclone had delivered a massive swell to the region.
After several surf checks up and down the coast, assessing conditions and trying to maximise the size of the swell, a decision was made to hold the shortboard division at Otama which had the best conditions on offer.
Mark Visser © The Ultimate Waterman
Drollet started slowly in the two-hour eight-man heat but 30 minutes in the Tahitian dropped into a perfect righthand barrel for a 9.0 point ride. Paddling out one minute later he latched onto another score to take a healthy lead. However it was at the midway mark that he stamped his authority on the day with another excellent 8.5 point ride which was enough to clinch the discipline, his double whammy meaning double points.
As a result of the win Drollet joins Danny Ching (USA) at the front of the pack after two of six disciplines contested.
“I had a great day out there, I am just stoked to win a division. The barrels today were so fun and all the guys got some great waves. I am just happy to be here in New Zealand with all the guys, thanks for having me,” said Drollet as he accepted his victory in front of his peers.
1= Danny Ching (USA), 2,528*1
1= Manoa Drollet (TAH), 2,528*
3. Mark Visser (AUS), 2,275*
4.Georges Cronsteadt (TAH), 2,170*
5. Kai Lenny (HAW), 1,400
6. Connor Baxter (HAW), 1,285
7. Daniel Kereopa (NZL), 1,253
8. Kala Alexander (HAW), 1,033
*Denotes double whammy division completed