South Island Champs
Surfing New Zealand
Blackhead Beach, South Island New Zealand
19 - 20 April 2014
Maiden Victories All-round At New Zealand's South Island Champs
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 21 April, 2014 - It was a hat trick of maiden victories at the 2014 South Island Champs today with titles going to Tane Wallis (Piha), Hayley Coakes (Dun) and Harrison Whiteside (Chch), all first time winners on the New Zealand Pro Series.
The final day of the event was played out in what many described as perfection with a solid 1.5m swell hitting Aramoana Spit north of Dunedin. Offshore winds prevailed throughout the day making for exceptional peaks offering big power pockets and barrels. Tane Wallis won the most dramatic of finals to conclude the event taking a come from behind victory over Maz Quinn (Gis) on the last wave of the event.
Wallis led at the start of the final but Maz Quinn bounced back with 7 and 8 point rides to jump into the lead. With time running down the two surfers paddled out for an approaching set. The first wave was so nice that Wallis decided to ‘hoot’ Quinn into the first wave. Quinn smashed the wave to bits posting another eight point ride. But it was the wave behind that finished the event in the best possible way.
Wallis stroked into a perfect wave, pulled into the barrel and proceeded to get spat out five seconds later at the end of the wave to score a perfect ten point ride and the victory. “I didn’t want to ruin that first wave for Maz ‘cause it was so good” said Wallis. “Then I saw the next wave, I didn’t have to do anything on the wave, it was mother nature at its finest” added Wallis of the wave and ensuing barrel.
It is the first Open Men’s Division win ever for Wallis which he was glad to “tick off this year’s goals list.” “I am absolutely stoked to win in those types of waves and against Maz, he is one of my favourite surfers so absolutely and respectfully stoked in every way possible.”
John Rousey © Mark Stevenson
Quinn finished the final in second place missing yet another close final as he searches for the event win that has eluded him for more than two years. Despite not winning the event, Quinn jumps into the lead on the New Zealand Pro Series with one event remaining and will aim to defend his 2013 title.
Placing third in the final was local favourite Jamie Civil (Dun) with Hugh Ritchie (Chch) finishing the final in fourth place. Ritchie moves up to third on the South Island Circuit rankings behind leader Levi O’Connor (Kaik) who holds off Harrison Whiteside for the number one spot.
Whiteside won the Under 20 Boys Division final besting Tane Wallis who finished runner up unable to secure the weekend double. It was the patience of Whiteside that paid off with the young Christchurch surfer waiting until inside the final 30 seconds before catching his second scoring ride.
“I got one wave at the start and then sat for 15 mins and got one wave with about 20 seconds to go to take the win” said Whiteside of how the final unfolded.” “The surf was so good today and this is a real good goal to achieve for me” added Whiteside who moves into second place on the national Under 20 Boys rankings and extends his lead on the South Island Circuit now having won three of the four events contested.
Placing third in the final was Max Marshall (Chch) with Nick Tuhikarama (Chch) finishing in fourth.
Tane Wallis © Mark Stevenson
Local Dunedin surfer Hayley Coakes claimed the Open Women’s Division today beating Alethea Lock (Chch) in the final. Coakes was a stand out all weekend and after posting high scores on day two to make it to the final, carried on today at the Spit for a well-received victory.
Lock placed second in the final, her second runner up placing of the year. Third placed Nicola Jones (Chch) did enough to leap frog Kristi Zarifeh (Chch) and take the number one ranking ahead of today’s fourth placed surfer Lucy Hodgson (Kaik).
The South Island Champs is dual sanctioned as the fourth event of the New Zealand Pro Series and the South Island Circuit. The event comprises nine divisions including the Open Men’s and Women’s as well as the Under 20 Boys, Longboard, Under 17 Boys, Under 14 Boys, Over 28s, Over 35s and Over 45s.
The South Island Champs has received great support to get the 2014 edition up and running. Event partners include: Corona, Rip Curl, Insight, Quarry Beach, Boardbase, Arnette, the Southern Trust, Rusty, Gorilla, Brixton, Pitch Design, Matunas, Mason, Sitka, FCS, Something to crow about and Aloe Up and Hydro Surf.
The event is proudly hosted by the South Coast Boardriders Association.