Women show their style at national surfing championships

Gisborne’s Saffi Vette, who won the under-16 and u18 titles at the 2017 nationals, finished second in her round of 16 heat of the open women’s division. She scored 7.23 for her two best waves although was well behind heat winner Elin Tawharu, of Mount Maunganui, who won with 13.50. Pictures by Paul Rickard
Elin Tawharu contested two heats yesterday and won both to move into the last eight.
Waitara’s Zhana Hutchieson, the reigning Aotearoa open women’s champion, also won two heats to keep her title hopes well and truly alive.
STILL IN THE HUNT: Gisborne teenager Abi Daunton advanced to the last eight of the open women’s division at the surfing nationals. Daunton had two heats yesterday and was second in both to keep the Gisborne flag flying beside Saffi Vette. Both are also in the junior age group divisions.

HEAVY surf and walls of whitewater at Midway Beach yesterday tested the endurance of all competitors on day 2 of the national surfing championships.

Such was the power of the seas that some struggled to get out let alone surf. Gisborne surfers showed their home break knowledge in the open women’s and men’s heats, with a good number of locals advancing.

These and other photos are available for sale at The Gisborne Herald office or online

HEAVY surf and walls of whitewater at Midway Beach yesterday tested the endurance of all competitors on day 2 of the national surfing championships.

Such was the power of the seas that some struggled to get out let alone surf. Gisborne surfers showed their home break knowledge in the open women’s and men’s heats, with a good number of locals advancing.

These and other photos are available for sale at The Gisborne Herald office or online

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