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New Zealand surf fest dawns with Easter Masters

Jason Matthews, Daisy Day, Fisher & Paykel Easter Masters, Taranaki, New Zealand, New Plymouth Surfriders club, New Zealand Home Loans Surf Festival
Jason Matthews © Daisy Day

 

 

 

New Zealand Home Loans Surf Festival

Fisher & Paykel Easter Masters
Taranaki, New Zealand
18 April - 4 May 2014

Trying conditions for Fisher & Paykel Easter Masters

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 21 April, 2014 - From Day one, the Fisher & Paykel Easter Masters held by New Plymouth Surfriders club turned on challenging surf for the surfing veterans at the start of the New Zealand Home Loans Surf Festival running from April 18 to May 4. Over the three days, three surf arenas were used to find the best conditions.

Day One (Friday April 18) was held at Arawhata Rd around the Surf Highway 45 in Taranaki with strong Northerly winds, and head high waves. Day two (Saturday April 19) started at Back beach in conditions so humongous that six-time Club Champion Jarred Hancox admitted he was a bit spooked by it, according to club sectary, Allen Pidwell.

“After two hours which saw one heat only catch one scoring wave and dark horse new entry Matthew Daniels wow the crowd with his power surfing the event moved to Fitzroy,” says Pidwell. “The women ventured out first and some of the new entries such as Hayley Riddock from Auckland showed they were really here to play hard.”

The grovellors (Knee-boarders relished the gnarly conditions and finished off round two after which it was into the finals. Finals completed were the Super groms (^5 -69) Surf Gods (70 plus) Women’s, Microgroms (30 – 34) and Cadets (35 – 39)

Day three was surfed in very difficult conditions with lumpy short period swells blown by an onshore wind with a few squalls thrown in at Fitzroy Beach. “This did not deter the Masters as two teams of 10 surfers from different divisions contested the Taranaki vs The Rest team tag event,” explains Pidwell.

“Each team member is allocated a nominal 10 minutes to paddle out catch two scoring waves and return to the beach to tag the next surfer. A pressure event which Taranaki won to retain the title they won in 2012 (not held in 2013) Then onto completing the remaining eight finals before the open Dunga derby. In this event surfers have ten minutes to start from the beach and catch two waves riding a 1960 replica “Dunga” surfboard. This was held in the worst conditions of the day but both surfers and spectators stuck it out and were rewarded by some outstanding surfing by Jamie Andrews (Waitara).”

In his finals and the Team event, former National Champion Jason Matthews demonstrated his power-surfing by shredding the waves with powerful cutbacks and re-entries. Returning after a long absence Mickey Thompson from Raglan showed he has not lost his skills while John Gisby from Gisborne won while showing the form that has made the winner of more national titles than anyone else in New Zealand.

“An excellent three days of intense but highly enjoyable competition with about 30% of all entries being first-timers which bodes well for the future of this iconic event,” says Pidwell. Following on from the Masters are Powerco Surf Coaching sessions for beginners, intermediate and advanced surfers.”

These sessions will be run by local Taranaki surfing coach Daisy Day, and former ASP competitor and surf coach Matt Scorringe from Whangamata along with one of Aotearoa’s best surfers, Ricardo Christie from Gisborne - currently on the ASP Qualification Series tour.

“The advanced training sessions have been designed for young competitors to hone their skills for the following Surfing Taranaki Groms Interclub competition and the Rip Curl GromSearch New Zealand Surfing series event within the Festival,” says Craig Williamson, chief executive of Surfing Taranaki who hosts the Festival.

“For all involved – from competitors to the public - the NZ Home Loans Surf Festival will be fun, inspirational and challenging for surfers of all ages and abilities. As they say, the surfer who is winning is the one who is having the most fun!”

MICROGROMS ( 30 -34)
1    BACHELOR TIPENE (NP)
2    ELI SMITH( OAKURA)
3    MATTHEW DANIELS (NP)
4    TRENT LAZARUS (NP)

CADETS ( 35 - 39)
1    HAMISH BOWLING (NP)
2    JOEL HAUGH (TAIRUA)
3    JAMIE ANDREWS (NP)
4    MARK BECKER (NP)

GROMMETS (40 - 44)
1    NEAL PULLEN ( NP)
2    CRAIG WILLIAMSON ( NP)
3    ANTHONY CHURCH (AUCK)
4    J COXHEAD (OAKURA)

JUNIORS (45 – 49)
1    JASON MATTHEWS ( WAITARA)
2    KARL QUINN (NP)
3    DAMIAN PHILLIS ( NP)
4    CRAIG FRASER (NP)

MASTERS ( 50 – 54)
1    SIMON MARTIN (NP)
2    MARC HOYLE (WHANGAPAROA)
3    DUNCAN JOHNSTON (AUCK)
4    BRENT ANDERSON ( OAKURA)

LEGENDS ( 55 – 59)
1    MICKEY THOMPSON (RAGLAN)
2    CHRIS DAVIES (OAKURA)
3    ALAN CRAWFORD (OAKURA)
4    PAUL CLEMO ( AUCK)

ICONS ( 60 – 65)
1    JOHN GISBY (GISBORNE)
2    ROB BAYES (RED BEACH)
3    PHIL GEROS (AUCK)
4    WAYNE YEARBURY (NP)

SUPER GROMS ( 65 - 69)
1    BRUCE RICHARDS ( NP)
2    WAYNE BROWN ( MANGONUI)
3    ROSS MOODY ( )
4    CHRIS JURY (NP)

SURF GODS ( 70 PLUS)
1    ADRIAN PICKERING (Whangaparoa)
2    ALLEN PIDWELL (NP)

GROVELLORS
1    CRAIG HASSALL. (GISBORNE)
2    MURRAY WEIR (OPUNAKE)
3    STEVE CROTON (NP)
4    PAUL ANDERSON (OPUNAKE)

GIDGETS ( 30 -39)
1    HAYLEY RIDDOCK ( AUCK)
2    MEGAN WILSON ( WAREA)

FEMLINS( 40 - 49)
1    ANDREA CHADFIELD (NP)
2    CASSIE CONAGLEN (NP)
3    TIINA SIRRKU ( OHOPE    )
4    SUNNY THOMPSON (RAGLAN)

DIVAS ( 50 - 59)
1    ROBYN COX ( AUCK)

GAIL STEINER MEMORIAL 
( OPEN WOMEN’S)
1    HAYLEY RIDDOCK ( AUCK)
2    ANDREA CHADFIELD (NP)
3    CASSIE CONAGLEN (NP)
4    ROBYN COX (AUCK)

TARANAKI vs THE REST (10 SURFER TEAM TAG)
1    TARANAKI - 79.4 out of 200
2    THE REST – 63.7 OUT OF 200

TARANAKI average score for two rides = 7.3
THE REST average score for two rides = 6.38

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