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New Zealand Updates: Nationals & ISA Juniors on tap, more

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Team Updates

Aotearoa Maori Surfing Team, Paige Hareb perform in recent events

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 31 August, 2015 - The last day of winter is always a milestone of sorts for Kiwi surfers as we dream of warmer summer waters and longer days to squeeze in more surfing.  Winter has been kind to many though with a string of good swells around our coastline albeit a little quiet on the northeast coast of the North Island.

The longer days and warmer water means we can get back in to a few national events starting with the Primary School and Secondary School Champs at Gisborne at the end of September as well as the Backdoor BayBash in Hawkes Bay come the end of October.  

We are also looking forward to the back half of the WSL year with Ricardo set to compete at the Hurley Pro from the 9th September as well as the final events for the girls and the guys on the WQS.  We have teams heading away to the World Junior Championships in California and the ISA Masters (location tbc) plus a sole representative at the Adaptive Surfing Championship in California.   

Congratulations to Paige Hareb. Paige landed an equal third at the Pro Anglet in France this past weekend. The inaugural event delivered fun, punchy surf and 1500 in WSL QS ratings points.

Aotearoa Maori Surfing Team Finish Runner Up At Melanesian Cup
The Aotearoa Maori Surfing Team finished runner up at the 2015 Melanesian Surfing Cup after claiming eight of 17 titles on offer at the event conested at Bourail, New Caledonia.

The New Zealand team faced off against hosts and event champions New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Samoa and Fiji over four days of action on the outer reef breaks.  
Vissla ISA World Junior Championship  
Taking place from October 11-18, the 2015 VISSLA International Surfing Association (ISA) World Junior Surfing Championship will unleash the world’s best Under-18 surfers in Oceanside, CA to compete in the name of their nation.  

ISA Scholarship Applications Extended
For the ninth consecutive year, the International Surfing Association (ISA) Individual Scholarship Program is officially open to qualified, under-18 surfers around the globe. The ISA Individual Scholarship Program is a life-changing event for young surfers. 

INTERVIEW: Raglan Surfer/Shaper Luke Hughes
Raglan surfer, shaper and best friend of Billy Stairmand joined in on the action at the Vans US Open of Surfing held at Huntington earlier this month where he watched his top surfer place ninth.  We caught up with Luke as he and Billy were heading off to surf Trestles.  

Ben Kennings

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