New Zealand surfers prep for Easter holidays
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 17 April, 2014 - The Easter Holidays often represents a bookend of summer, a time when people take their last beach getaways before hunkering down for the colder months of winter.
Easter is the only holiday that revolves around the moon and more often than not, the ‘summer ending’ four-day-weekend is accompanied by a storm that passes over quickly….much like the remnants of Cyclone Ita hammering away at us this morning. At least it will provide many with an Easter swell to burn off the excess chocolate consumption.
It has been an eventful last week or two. The New Zealand Junior Surfing Team returned from Ecuador today after placing tenth at the World Junior Champs.
As of yesterday it was confirmed that the artificial reef at the Mount will be removed. Ella Williams was named as an ambassador for Tahiti Nui and we gear up for numerous Easter events around the country including the South Island Champs at Dunedin, event four of five on the New Zealand Pro Series.
Gisborne surfer Maz Quinn is set to compete at the South Island Champs being held at Dunedin this weekend (18 – 20 April).
Quinn is the highest nationally ranked surfer at the event and will be looking to make up for the early exit in last year’s event which was won by local Dunedin student JC Susan.
The South Island Champs is a three day event that also includes eight additional divisions ranging from Under 14 Boys through to Over 45 Men.
Further afield we see New Zealand’s biggest and strongest stand up paddle and paddleboard team depart for the world champs in Nicaragua as well as welcoming some of the best surfers in the world to the New Zealand Surf Festival.