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Maz Quinn blazes to win, snatches Corona Crown Series


Maz Quinn : photo Rowan/NZ Surfing Magazine

Corona Super 16

Surfing New Zealand
South Piha Beach, Auckland
3 - 5 April 2009

Quinn Blazes To Win – Snatches Corona Crown Series

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 4 April, 2009 : - - Gisborne’s Maz Quinn left his best performance of the competitive season until the final event of the year to find himself back in familiar territory at the top of the country’s best surfers after winning the Corona Super 16 today (Saturday 4th April) at South Piha, Auckland.

Piha produced some of the best conditions of the year today with the finals being played out in perfect waves in excess of 1.0m fanned by light offshore winds.  The surfers relished the chance to compete in the ideal conditions with Quinn in particular in devastating form scoring a perfect ten point ride in the final.

“When you start with a good wave like that it takes away all the pressure” said Quinn.  “When that wave popped up, I grabbed it and it just walled up nicely.  You couldn’t asked for anything more”.  Quinn’s wave comprised several huge backhand vertical reos and a closeout floater to finish the wave which had the beach crowd instantly muttering ten’s all round.

Quinn’s ten point ride was combined with an 8.25 for an 18.20 point heat total to absolutely dominate the final. The win was the first of the season for Quinn who has been searching for the form that has seen him regarded by everyone as the best surfer New Zealand has ever produced.  The win elevated Quinn from fourth to first on the Corona Crown Series to defend his title he took out for the first time in 2008.

“I was pretty happy to come from behind and win the series” said Quinn.  “I came into the comp not knowing that I could win the Corona Crown Series so to win the comp today and take it out makes it that much better”. 


Jay Quinn : photo Rowan/NZ Surfing Magazine


“I just wanted to go out and surf the best I could.  I only found out that I won the series when I came in from the final”. Quinn’s performance in the final went largely uncontested despite the other three finalists scoring highly.  Raglan’s Luke Hughes turned his exceptional summer form into a career best result placing second in the final.

Hughes has been one of the stand out surfers of the summer and today he only came up one place short of his maiden victory due to the rampaging Quinn after himself scoring 15.0 in the final after only riding two waves. Hughes’ result elevated him to seventh on the Corona Crown Series ratings – his highest ever finish.

Placing third was Tairua surfer Sean Peggs - the sole goofy foot surfer in the final.  Peggs had earlier snuck into the final after a late charge in his semifinal.  Peggs completed some huge turns in the final to post scores of 7.60 and 7.25.

Placing fourth was the youngest of the Quinn’s, Jay, who travelled back from his base on the Gold Coast of Australia to compete at the event this weekend.  Quinn found himself searching for waves in the final and what came to his older brother did not come to him as he finished with a 13.35 point total which included an 8.0 point ride.

Local Piha surfer Mischa Davis defended her Corona Super 16 title in the final of the Women’s Division.  The head to head final with Jessica Santorik was a cracker with Santorik taking the lead before Davis hit back with a 9.0 point ride.  Santorik again took the lead after scoring a 7.90 point ride late in the final.

The last five minutes of the 25 minute final entailed a massive paddle battle between the two girls with Santorik all but stitching up Davis.  With 30 seconds to go Santorik let her guard down, caught a wave and left Davis out the back with one last chance.  She obliged riding a wave to the beach to score 7.35 to beat Santorik by 0.45 points.

“It was a bit nerve wracking but Jess got that wave at the end and left the door open for me.  I was so lucky I got that one and it was a good one and I rode it all the way in”

Davis’ win elevated her from fourth to second on the Corona Crown Series ratings behind Santorik who she beat today.  “I won the series last year but I haven’t done as good this year, this is the first event I have won so it is good to finish on a high”.

Santorik went into the event with an unassailable lead on the Corona Crown Series but would have liked to finish the competitive season on a high.  It was not to be as she finished with a 15.90 point heat total behind Davis’ 16.35. Placing third and fourth in the Open Women’s Division were Mount Maunganui’s Laura Rishworth and Ella Williams of Whangamata.

The North Island surfing team retained their trophy in the North Vs South Challenge outing the South Island 67.75 to 47.75.  The team comprising Blair Stewart (Gis), Tim O’Connor (Mnt), Gauranga Ormond (WGM), Sean Peggs (Tairua) and Jessica Santorik (Rag) were too good for the South Island Team comprising Tony Schafer (Cant), Hayden Brain (Cant), Sam Dunfoy (Kaik), Ben Bennett (Ota) and Leilani Morgan (Cant).

Point Boardriders of Raglan also retained the Inter Club Championship scoring 68.65 beating Gisborne Boardriders (60.0), Whangamata Boardriders (58.75) and Keyhole Boardriders 35.10) who finished second through fourth.  The Raglan team included Leon Santorik, Luke Hughes, Luke Cederman, Billy Stairmand and Jessica Santorik. 

The Corona Super 16 is the sixth and final event of the season.  The Corona Super 16 sees the top 16 male surfers and the top 4 female surfers battle it out for final season honours.  The main event is combined with the North vs South Challenge and the Inter Club Championship.

Please see below for final results from the Corona Super 16 held at Piha Beach, Auckland today (Saturday 4th April).  

Open Men’s Final
Maz Quinn (Gis), 1,
Luke Hughes (Rag), 2,
Sean Peggs (Tairua), 3,
Jay Quinn (Gis), 4

Open Women’s Final
Mischa Davis (Piha), 1,
Jessica Santorik (Rag), 2

Corona Super 16 Open Men’s Round Robin Points
1 Maz Quinn (Gis), 30
2= Luke Cederman (Rag), 24
2= Jay Quinn (Gis), 24
2= Blair Stewart (Gis), 24
5= Tim O'Connor (Mnt), 21
5= Sean Peggs (Tairua), 21
5= Luke Hughes (Rag), 21
8= Paco Divers (Sandy Bay), 18
8= Gauranga Ormond (Whmata), 18
10 Billy Stairmand (Rag), 15
11= Leon Santorik (Rag), 12
11= Bodhi Whitaker (Gis), 12
13= Dan Scott (Whmata), 9
13= Keone Campbell (Tara), 9
15= Jarrod Hancox (Tara), 3
16 Kierin Van Der Helder (Rag), 2

Open Women’s Round Robin
1 Jessica Santorik (Rag), 24
2 Laura Rishworth (Mnt), 18
3 Mischa Davis (Auck), 21
4 Ella Williams (Whmata), 3

Please see below for the top surfers on the final Corona Crown Series ratings for 2008/09.  full a full ratings list please go to

Open Men’s Top 10
1, Maz Quinn (Gis)
2, Gauranga Ormond (Whmata)
3, Bobby Hansen (Gis)
4, Blair Stewart (Gis)
5, Billy Stairmand (Rag)
6, Tim O'Connor (Mnt)
7, Luke Hughes (Rag)
8, Paco Divers (Sandy Bay)
9, Sean Peggs (Tairua)
10, Leon Santorik (Rag)

Open Women’s Top Five
1, Jessica Santorik (Rag)
2, Mischa Davis (Piha)
3, Laura Rishworth (Mnt)
4, Alexis Poulter (Rag)
5, Ella Williams (WGM)

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