Rip Curl Pro Raglan
presented by Galbraiths
Surfing New Zealand
Manu Bay, Raglan
22 - 24 May 2015
Quinn joined by Ella Williams on the podium at Rip Curl Pro, Raglan
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 23 May, 2015 - Gisborne’s Maz Quinn has won his third consecutive event of the New Zealand Pro Series surfing to an emphatic win at the Rip Curl Pro presented by Galbraith’s held at Manu Bay, Raglan.
Quinn was joined by Ella Williams (WGM) who won the Open Women’s Division and Elliot Paerata – Reid (Piha) who won the Under 20 Boys Division today.
Raglan turned on the best conditions seen for an event in a long time with a clean 1.5m swell that saw nonstop waves rattle down the point of Manu Bay. The forecast gale force winds never eventuated, winds remaining light to moderate all day.
Quinn led the final from start to finish with his performance highlighted by a 9.1 point ride midway through the final that was a near perfect.
Quinn finished with a 16.9 point heat total to win his third event in a row after winning the South Island Champs and Canterbury Champs, also placing runner up at the National Championships in January.
“I took a lot of confidence from quarters and semis today” said Quinn after exiting the water.
“The wind turned just before the final and it was clean. Basically whoever got the best waves in the final was going to win” added Quinn who noted that his best wave came after his closest rival Kereopa could not paddle over the top of a double up allowing Quinn to take full advantage.
“Manu Bay turned it on for the comp, it was the best we have had for a while. Once the waves get overhead and clean, experience comes in to play and the big turns, so it is no surprise a lot of the older guys performed well today” said Quinn.
Quinn defeated another stalwart of New Zealand surfing Bobby Hansen (Gis) who finished with a 15.37 point heat total.
Fresh back from Mexico was Daniel Kereopa (Rag) who has been competing on his stand up paddleboard internationally. Kereopa finished with a 14.03 point heat total ahead of Alex Dive (Mnt) in fourth with a score of 12.23.
Ella Williams claimed her first win of the New Zealand Pro Series in three years today taking out the Open Women’s Division over Australian based Sarah Mason.
Williams got off to a slow start in the final but came back with her aggressive approach attacking the lip on several occasions to post a 15.67 point heat total.
“It’s been a long time coming” said Williams after the final. “The waves at Raglan have been pumping today, this has been an awesome event and the girls field today was so good so I am glad to walk away with the win.”
Williams departs for the ISA World Surfing Games next week so the win comes at a time where it will provide a big confidence boost heading in to the international event.
Mason challenged Williams for the lead and a final wave that saw her sneak in to a small tube threatened a lead change but Mason came up just short. Placing third in the final was local surfer Jessica Santorik ahead of Auckland’s Gabriella Sansom in fourth.
Piha’s Elliot Paerata – Reid stole the win in the Under 20 Boys Division with a last second wave to edge out Paul Moretti (Mimiwhangata). Paerata – Reid posted a 15.93 point heat total in the final compared to Moretti’s 15.83. While Paerata – Reid showed his true international class waiting for his final score, it was a harsh blow for Moretti who continually makes the final but has not hit the winners dais in several years.
Placing third in the final was Kehu Butler (Mnt) who also posted a good 14.0 point heat total. Dune Kennings (WGM) did not contest the final after injuring himself in the semifinals.
The Rip Curl Pro presented by Galbraiths is New Zealand’s richest domestic surfing event.
The event caters to the best surfers in New Zealand in both the Open Men’s and Women’s Divisions as well as the juniors on the rise in the Under 20 Boys Division.
Action on Saturday will take place from 8am at Manu Bay. The swell is expected to build further in to Saturday with offshore winds forecasted. The challenge will be the strength of the offshores with some reports predicting the wind to be gale force.
The Rip Curl Pro presented by Galbraiths includes the all-time Saturday night gathering at the YOT Club thanks to Galbraiths.
Open Men’s Final
Maz Quinn (Gis), 16.93, 1,
Bobby Hansen (Gis), 15.37, 2,
Daniel Kereopa (Rag), 14.03, 3,
Alex Dive (Mnt), 12.23, 4
Open Women’s Final
Ella Williams (Whmata), 15.7, 1,
Sarah Mason (Aus), 14.2, 2,
Jessica Santorik (Rag), 11.2, 3,
Gabriella Sansom (Auck), 10.1, 4
Under 20 Boys Final
Elliot Paerata Reid (Piha), 15.9, 1,
Paul Moretti (Mimiwhangata), 15.8, 2,
Kehu Butler (Arataki), 14, 3,
Dune Kennings (Whmata), 4