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McCormack´s Tavern Canterbury Championships final

Daniel Kereopa : courtesy Boarderzone.com


2002 McCormack´s Tavern Canterbury Surfing Championships

Surfing New Zealand Pro Series 2A

Cantebury, South Island, NZ

15 -17 November 2002

Final day completed in poor conditions.

Rain, hail, sleet, and surf is what competitors had to deal with on the
final day of the 2002 McCormack´s Tavern Canterbury Surfing Championships.

With valuable points up for grabs and $9000.00 worth of cash and prizes the
adverse conditions did not deter the spirits of the conditioned campaigners
who were more than accustomed to the ever changing conditions that are
associated with the sport of surfing.

Once again marginal conditions at Christchurch´s New Brighton Beach meant a
return to the ever reliable Gore Bay in North Canterbury, where contestable
chest to head high surf was on offer.

Day 2 began with the Open Men´s quarter finals which saw no 4 on the New
Zealand Circuit ratings Zennor Wernham (Raglan) and no 8 Jai Earnshaw (West
Coast) make an unexpected exit from the event. However, both surfers have
gained enough points to keep them within the top 7 surfers on the ratings
and in a good position to acquire some good points for the final 2 events of
the season.

The Open Men´s semi finals also saw 13th place surfer on the SNZ circuit
ratings, Mark Dovey, (BOP) eliminated from the event. Dovey who picked up
1180 valuable points at last weekends SNZ 5A Pro at Muriwai, would secure
enough points from this weekend event to shift him from 13th up to 9th
position. Canterbury´s Hayden Brain, who was also eliminated in the semis,
managed to pick up good points to shift him up the ladder from 17th to 10th
position.

The Open Men´s Final was dominated by North Island surfers with the ever
present Manu Schafer (Canterbury) flying the flag for the South Island crew.
Schafer who has been a consistent winner on the South Island Circuit, had to
settle for 3rd place this time around. However it was Justin Souter (BOP)
who took top honours and walked away with the 1200 points and $1200 in cash.
Souter´s points would move him from 7th to 4th position on the ratings and
put him within striking distance for the lead with 2 contests remaining.
Finishing in 2nd position and receiving 1080 was Luke Harwood (Coromandal)
who now takes over the lead from Daniel Kereopa. Kereopa is now 325 points
behind Harwood and will need to finish strongly in the last 2 contests of
the season if he wants to win the series.
4th place went to Marc Moore (Raglan) who is now in 14th position after
entering the event ranked 22nd.

In the Outer Island Junior division the only places that looked to be
available for the rest of the field were 2nd ,3rd , and 4th, , as Mike
Banks seemed to be the pick of the very talented group. Banks took out the
final with ease, with the surprise of the final being the young up and
coming Jon Hardaker taking 2nd. Nat Parsons and Haami Pou finished 3rd and
4th respectively.

The Hapuku Café Longboard final saw the competitors hiding under their
boards as the hail that started in the Women´s final carried on for a good 5
minutes.

Veteran Christchurch surfer Glen Shuker made no race of the Longboard final
leaving Aaron Surgenor and Simon Dickie to fight it out for 2nd and 3rd with
Nick Black finishing 4th. Shuker´s style and skill, along with his uncanny
luck with the best waves, made him a pleasure to watch.

Long time competitive veterans Johnny Fenton & Ratso Buchanan, fought it out
with Aaron Surgenor and Sam Bradley in the Esplanade Liquorland Seniors.
Johnny Fenton was heard to say after the final, "I´m so stoked to have
finally beaten you after all these years Ratso."

The Anarchy Eyewear / Barron Surfboard Masters had Ratso again 2nd, but this
time to Glen Shuker, with Neil Robb & Dean Cooke 3rd and 4th respectively.

The 7th Wave Cadets had Cole Barlow and Levi O´Connor fighting out the
final. Barlow picked up 2 high scoring waves that saw him pick up an easy
win to reverse the 1st and 2nd placing´s from the final of the Cape Classic
in Westport a few weeks ago. Tully Forest and Sam Dunfoy finished 3rd and
4th respectively.

The Gravis Footwear Women´s final had Leilani Morgan pick up the top cash
prize from Pai Pou in a tight fight for 1st and 2nd. The hail storm, during
this heat had the woman walking back up the beach through a blanket of white
rather than a nice sandy beach in the tropical South Pacific.

The Lion Red highest wave score was won by Nat Parsons (Canterbury) who
score 9 out of a possible 10 points during his heat and received $100 hard
cash for his efforts. Parsons also picked up a further $100 from Lion Red
when he received the highest wave score of the event in heat 7 of Round 1 in
the Open Men´s division.

Lion Red who are a recognised sponsors for Surfing New Zealand sanctioned
events also provide a cash incentive that goes toward an "Expression
Session" which is a separate component of each event. The session is a real
crowd pleaser that allows surfers to put on a display of innovative and
progressive surfing while pushing their level of commitment to the cutting
edge. However the session are run only if time permits and if conditions are
favourable.

The Pro series moves to Taranaki next weekend for the Hot Tuna / Ocean &
Earth SNZ Pro 2A, contest 8 of the Surfing NZ Circuit Series

Results were as follows:

McCormack´s Tavern OPEN


1st J Souter


2nd L Harwood


3rd M Schafer


4th M Moore

Outer Island JUNIORS


1st M Banks


2nd J Hardaker


3rd M Schafer


4th M Moore

Seventh Wave CADETS


1st C Barlow


2nd L O´Connor


3rd T Forest


4th S Dunfoy

Gravis WOMEN


1st L Morgan


2nd P Pou


3rd A Koops


4th D Thomas


5th L O´Connor

Hapuku Café LONGBOARD


1st G Shuker


2nd A Surgenor


3rd S Dickie


4th N Black

Esplanade Liquorland SENIORS


1st J Fenton


2nd I Buchanan


3rd A Surgenor


4th S Bradley

Anarchy Eyewear / Barron Surfboards MASTERS


1st G Shuker


2nd I Buchanan


3rd N Robb


4th D Cooke

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# 1 : McCormacks Tavern surfing champs to kick off today

# 2 : Jamie Patten a stand out at McCormacks Tavern event

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