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Small surf on tap as NZ Longboard and SUP Open launches

Thomas Kibblewhite.  Image courtesy of Col /
Thomas Kibblewhite © Col/




2017 Barrett Homes New Zealand Longboard and SUP Open

Surfing New Zealand
Papamoa Beach, Bay of Plenty New Zealand
18 - 19 February 2017

Participants Battle Small Waves at Papamoa

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 18 February, 2017 - Participants at the Barrett Homes New Zealand Longboard and SUP Open forged their way through a full day of surfing in small conditions at Papamoa Beach in the Bay of Plenty today, setting up a short final day of action tomorrow.
Papamoa never mustered up much more than a 0.5m swell for the first day of the event, participants lucky that the wind remained variable all day making conditions contestable.
It was all about traditional surfing throughout all divisions and Thomas Kibblewhite (Red Beach) dominated through both the SPY Optics Men’s Longboard and the Copious Logger Division.  Kibblewhite was joined by the likes of Daryn McBride (Port Waikato) who posted big scores all day and Paul Culpan (Auck) who is always impressive especially in the small conditions like today.
The three surfers progressed through to the semifinals of the Men’s Longboard Semifinals and the final of the Logger Division.  In the Logger Division, they are joined by Kelly Ryan (Gis) in the final.
In the semifinals of the Men’s Longboard, the three surfers are joined by Zen Wallis (Piha) who posted 16.3 points out of a possible 20 to win his quarterfinal match up.  Zen’s younger brother Tane also advanced through to the semifinals of the event as did local surfer Owen Barnes (Mnt), Whangarei surfer Rupert Newbold and Justin Bambery (Auck).
Taranaki’s Kane Rowson has continued his good form in the Starboard Men’s SUP Division advancing to the final.  Rowson won the most recent event held in his home waters two weeks ago. 
Rowson advanced to the final with a 13.83 point heat total alongside Ollie Houghton (Auck) on 13.03.  The two surfers are joined by Kaikoura’s Alan Te Moananui and Karlos Aarsen (WGM) who advanced out of the second semifinal.
Late in the day the senior divisions were contested through to the finals.  Defending champion Owen Barnes (Mnt) was a clear standout in the Sticky Johnson Over 40s Longboard Division while Orewa’s Mark Hoyle looked most impressive in the Papamoa Tavern Over 50 Men’s Division.
Top competitors from around the country are competing over the weekend.  Small waves are expected to continue for the final day of the event tomorrow.  Action will take place at Papamoa Domain from 8am – 1pm on Sunday.  The Starboard King of the Waves Race takes place at 12:30pm.

Sticky Johnson Over 40s Longboard Semifinals
Heat 1 Owen Barnes (Mnt), 15.9, 1, David Storck (Piha), 7.4, 2, Ben Langford (New Plymouth), 6.83, 3

Heat 2 Wyn Hoogarbruger (Auck), 11.6, 1, Mal Brady (Mnt), 7.83, 2, Whare Heke (Mnt), 5.43, 3


Papamoa Tavern Over 50’s Division Semifinals
Heat 1 Mark Hoyle (Orewa), 10.27, 1, David Storck (Auck), 8.6, 2, Rupert Newbold (Ocean Beach), 7.76, 3

Heat 2 Mal Brady (Mnt), 9.67, 1, Brian Young, 9.63, 2, Brendon Callaghan (Orewa), 6, 3

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