Gisby makes it 37 titles

TITLE-WINNER EXTRAORDINAIRE: Gisborne surfer John Gisby on his way to his 37th national age-group title. Gisby’s ability to score well in any conditions was to the fore throughout the men’s over-60 competition, as he held off the challenges of well-performed veterans. Pictures by Paul Rickard
STAND-UP CHAMPION: Raglan’s Daniel Kereopa reclaimed the stand-up paddleboard national title he last held in 2013, scoring 15.8 in the final at Makorori Beach yesterday. Taranaki’s Jamie Andrews was second on 14.8 and Gisborne’s Sean Hovell was third on 13.2. In the women’s stand-up paddleboard final, Gisborne’s Stella Smith retained her title with a heat score of 17.6, the highest of the day.
DIGGING IN: Gisborne surfer Sean Hovell digs his paddle into the wave during the men’s national stand-up paddleboard final at Makorori Beach yesterday. Hovell finished third with a heat score of 13.2 in a final that also included Gisborne’s Geoff Pardoe. Raglan’s Daniel Kereopa regained the title he last held in 2013, and Taranaki’s Jamie Andrews was runner-up.

GISBORNE surfing phenomenon John Gisby won his 37th national age-group title yesterday.

Gisby, 64, beat Whakatane’s Tony Ogilvy, Whangarei’s Rupert Newbold and Gisborne’s Spring Thompson in the over-60 men’s final at Makorori Beach.

It was one of a slew of age-group titles decided yesterday, but the standout contests for the impartial observer were the open men’s semifinal heats.

In the first, Levi Stewart (Waihi Beach) and Paul Moretti (Mimiwhangata) advanced to the final, at the expense of Piha’s Zen Wallis and Dunedin’s Elliott Brown.

In the second, Piha’s Elliot Paerata-Reid and Gisborne/Mahia’s Ricardo Christie posted heat scores of 17.0 and 16.13 respectively to go through ahead of Nick White (Mt Maunganui) and Johnny Hicks (Gisborne).

The results of all the finals were expected to be known by lunchtime today.

Of the other Gisborne competitors on the water yesterday, Stella Smith did best, retaining her national women’s stand-up paddleboard title with a heat score of 17.6 — the highest all day.

Sean Hovell and Geoff Pardoe were third and fourth respectively in the men’s stand-up paddleboard final, Daizee Rawls was fourth in the under-14 girls’ surfing final, Finn Vette was third in the u14 boys’ final, Patrick Braithwaite was second in the over-45 men’s final, Noel Francis was fourth in the over-55 men’s final, and Gina Samson claimed the over-55 women’s division.

Former Gisborne, now Raglan, surfer and 1998 open men’s champion Chris Malone was second in the over-35 final, and son Navryn was fourth in the u14 boys’ final.

Surfers with a mix of experience and emerging talent advanced from the open men’s semifinals, contested in clean one-metre waves yesterday.

World Qualifying Series campaigners Paerata-Reid and former Championship Tour competitor Christie led newcomers Stewart and Moretti into the finals.

Paerata-Reid, 21, made it back-to-back finals at the national championships. His 17-point heat total featured a dominant display of powerful backhand re-entries.

He was hoping his performance in the final would be better than it was last year, when he had an off-day in his home waters.

“Well, I hope I do something different, considering I got a tiny heat total in the final,” Paerata-Reid said.

Christie said he was “stoked” to get through a tough semifinal.

“It has actually been a tough little run to get to the final, so I have been taking it a heat at a time” he said.

“Blimmin’ Elliot got two eight-point rides at the start of the heat so it was a battle for second, really. Nick White and Johnny Hicks are good surfers, so I put myself under a bit of pressure and I am stoked to get through.”

Widely regarded as the underdogs of the final, Stewart and Moretti were determined to show they could mix it with the best at this event.

“They are big dogs, but I am not fazed,” Stewart said.

“I am from Waihi Beach and we don’t back down.

“It is fun to get good waves and to go through with Paul again like the quarters. We have grown up competing together and I am stoked to go through with him.”

Stewart, 22, was grounded for a lengthy period with a back injury that stopped him surfing, so his comeback at this event has been extra-special.

For Moretti, it was about keeping as laid-back as possible in the build-up to the final but the Northland surfer conceded he was “amped” at making the final four.

“I have enjoyed myself all week and Gisborne has turned it on,” Moretti said.

In finals contested yesterday, Raglan’s Daniel Kereopa reclaimed the men’s stand-up paddleboard title, while Auckland’s Craig McDonald retained his kneeboard title.

Whangarei’s Derek Brunker won the men’s over-55 division; Pauanui’s Matt Groube, the over-45s; and Taranaki’s Jarred Hancox, the over-35s.

All five women in the senior women’s division entered the water together. Mt Maunganui’s Kathy Stead took home the first women’s over-60s title; Hawke’s Bay’s Marguerite Vujcich, the over-55s; Gisborne’s Samson, the over-50s; Christchurch’s Donna Henderson, the over-40s; and Lucy Te Moananui, the over-30s.

The u14 finals were contested at the end of the day’s competition. Raglan’s Jayden Willoughby won the boys’ title and Christchurch’s Ava Henderson, the girls’.

GISBORNE surfing phenomenon John Gisby won his 37th national age-group title yesterday.

Gisby, 64, beat Whakatane’s Tony Ogilvy, Whangarei’s Rupert Newbold and Gisborne’s Spring Thompson in the over-60 men’s final at Makorori Beach.

It was one of a slew of age-group titles decided yesterday, but the standout contests for the impartial observer were the open men’s semifinal heats.

In the first, Levi Stewart (Waihi Beach) and Paul Moretti (Mimiwhangata) advanced to the final, at the expense of Piha’s Zen Wallis and Dunedin’s Elliott Brown.

In the second, Piha’s Elliot Paerata-Reid and Gisborne/Mahia’s Ricardo Christie posted heat scores of 17.0 and 16.13 respectively to go through ahead of Nick White (Mt Maunganui) and Johnny Hicks (Gisborne).

The results of all the finals were expected to be known by lunchtime today.

Of the other Gisborne competitors on the water yesterday, Stella Smith did best, retaining her national women’s stand-up paddleboard title with a heat score of 17.6 — the highest all day.

Sean Hovell and Geoff Pardoe were third and fourth respectively in the men’s stand-up paddleboard final, Daizee Rawls was fourth in the under-14 girls’ surfing final, Finn Vette was third in the u14 boys’ final, Patrick Braithwaite was second in the over-45 men’s final, Noel Francis was fourth in the over-55 men’s final, and Gina Samson claimed the over-55 women’s division.

Former Gisborne, now Raglan, surfer and 1998 open men’s champion Chris Malone was second in the over-35 final, and son Navryn was fourth in the u14 boys’ final.

Surfers with a mix of experience and emerging talent advanced from the open men’s semifinals, contested in clean one-metre waves yesterday.

World Qualifying Series campaigners Paerata-Reid and former Championship Tour competitor Christie led newcomers Stewart and Moretti into the finals.

Paerata-Reid, 21, made it back-to-back finals at the national championships. His 17-point heat total featured a dominant display of powerful backhand re-entries.

He was hoping his performance in the final would be better than it was last year, when he had an off-day in his home waters.

“Well, I hope I do something different, considering I got a tiny heat total in the final,” Paerata-Reid said.

Christie said he was “stoked” to get through a tough semifinal.

“It has actually been a tough little run to get to the final, so I have been taking it a heat at a time” he said.

“Blimmin’ Elliot got two eight-point rides at the start of the heat so it was a battle for second, really. Nick White and Johnny Hicks are good surfers, so I put myself under a bit of pressure and I am stoked to get through.”

Widely regarded as the underdogs of the final, Stewart and Moretti were determined to show they could mix it with the best at this event.

“They are big dogs, but I am not fazed,” Stewart said.

“I am from Waihi Beach and we don’t back down.

“It is fun to get good waves and to go through with Paul again like the quarters. We have grown up competing together and I am stoked to go through with him.”

Stewart, 22, was grounded for a lengthy period with a back injury that stopped him surfing, so his comeback at this event has been extra-special.

For Moretti, it was about keeping as laid-back as possible in the build-up to the final but the Northland surfer conceded he was “amped” at making the final four.

“I have enjoyed myself all week and Gisborne has turned it on,” Moretti said.

In finals contested yesterday, Raglan’s Daniel Kereopa reclaimed the men’s stand-up paddleboard title, while Auckland’s Craig McDonald retained his kneeboard title.

Whangarei’s Derek Brunker won the men’s over-55 division; Pauanui’s Matt Groube, the over-45s; and Taranaki’s Jarred Hancox, the over-35s.

All five women in the senior women’s division entered the water together. Mt Maunganui’s Kathy Stead took home the first women’s over-60s title; Hawke’s Bay’s Marguerite Vujcich, the over-55s; Gisborne’s Samson, the over-50s; Christchurch’s Donna Henderson, the over-40s; and Lucy Te Moananui, the over-30s.

The u14 finals were contested at the end of the day’s competition. Raglan’s Jayden Willoughby won the boys’ title and Christchurch’s Ava Henderson, the girls’.

Results

Day 6 results of the Health 2000 National Surfing Championships at Makorori Beach —

Open men, semifinals, Heat 1: Levi Stewart (Waihi Beach) 12.1, 1; Paul Moretti (Mimiwhangata) 11.6, 2; Zen Wallis (Piha) 9.46, 3; Elliott Brown (Dunedin) 3.76, 4.

Heat 2: Elliot Paerata-Reid (Piha) 17, 1; Ricardo Christie (Gisborne/Mahia) 16.13, 2; Nick White (Mt Maunganui) 11, 3; Johnny Hicks (Gis) 8.77, 4.

Under-18 girls, semifinals, Heat 1: Elin Tawharu (Mnt) 13.9, 1; Zhana Hutchieson (Tara) 11.8, 2; Estella Hungerford (Christchurch) 10.8, 3; Aimee Brown (Auckland), 7.93, 4.

Heat 2: Brie Bennett (Raglan) 9.6, 1; Georgia Wederell (Mnt) 8.6, 2; Stella Smith (Gis) 7.53, 3; Saffi Vette (Gis) 3.6, 4.

Senior women’s final(s): Lucy Te Moananui (Kaikoura) 6, 1 (over-30s).

Donna Henderson (Chch) 10.2, 1 (over-40s).

Gina Samson (Gis) 7.07, 1 (over-50s).

Marguerite Vujcich (Hawke’s Bay) 6.07, 1 (over-55s).

Kathy Steed (Mnt) 6.47, 1 (over-60s).

Over-60 men, semifinals, Heat 1: Spring Thompson (Gis) 9.87, 1; Rupert Newbold (Whangarei) 5.93, 2; Graham Breckell (Gis) 5.2, 3.

Heat 2: John Gisby (Gis) 16.77, 1; Tony Ogilvy (Whakatane) 11.8, 2; Chris Ransley (Gis) 11.37, 3.

Final: John Gisby (Gis) 11.3, 1; Tony Ogilvy (Whaka) 8.1, 2; Rupert Newbold (Whngrei) 4.1, 3; Spring Thompson (Gis) 2, 4.

Over-55 men, final: Derek Brunker (Whngrei) 13.4, 1; Phillip Griffin (Mnt) 12.9, 2; Phil Wallis (Piha) 10, 3; Noel Francis (Gis) 8.67, 4.

Over-45 men, final: Matt Groube (Pauanui), 14.9, 1; Patrick Braithwaite (Gis) 13.3, 2; Geoff Hutchison (Rag) 11.7, 3; John Roussey (Chch) 8.47, 4.

Over 35 men, final: Jarred Hancox (Tara) 15.1, 1; Chris Malone (Rag) 11.9, 2; Larry Fisher (Rag) 10.7, 3; Jeremy Grainger (Tara) 8, 4.

Under-14 boys, final: Jayden Willoughby (Rag) 13.1, 1; Kora Cooper (Rag) 12.6, 2; Finn Vette (Gis) 11.4, 3; Navryn Malone (Rag) 9.17, 4.

U14 girls, final: Ava Henderson (Chch) 13.7, 1; Natasha Gouldsbury (Levin) 11, 2; Liv Haysom (Piha) 8.47, 3; Daizee Rawls (Gis) 5.47, 4.

Men’s stand-up paddleboard, final: Daniel Kereopa (Rag) 15.8, 1; Jamie Andrews (Tara) 14.8, 2; Sean Hovell (Gis) 13.2, 3; Geoff Pardoe (Gis) 8.24, 4.

Women’s stand-up paddleboard, final: Stella Smith (Gis) 17.6, 1; Alexis Poulter (Waihi) 10.4, 2; Lucy Te Moananui (Kaik) 9.97, 3; Renee Davenport (Rag) 5.73, 4.

Kneeboard semifinals, Heat 1: Tracey Skelton (Tara) 12.5, 1; Craig McDonald (Auck) 9.67, 2; Jed Christophers (Gis) 7.07, 3; Dean Potier (Tara) 2.83, 4.

Heat 2: Gary Sawyer (Auck) 12.2, 1; Maukino Skelton (Tara) 9.73, 2; Craig Hooper (Mnt) 5.3, 3; Julia Phillips (Tara) 4.7, 4.

Kneeboard final: Craig McDonald (Auck) 12.9, 1; Gary Sawyer (Auck) 12.8, 2; Maukino Skelton (Tara) 11.5, 3; Tracey Skelton (Tara) 9.77, 4.

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