Makorori First Light Longboard Surfing Classic

Kelly Ryan was fourth in the open section. Pictures by Liam Clayton
STEPPING OUT: Trent Lillis shows the style that won him the open division of the Makorori First Light Longboard Surfing Classic on Sunday.
ON THE CREST OF A WAVE: Andrew Burns rides the power of the surf in the Makorori First Light Longboard Classic on Sunday.
Ben Cowper

ANOTHER dreamy place ...

Held at surf spot Red Bus in the morning and Northern Makorori in the afternoon, Sunday’s Makorori First Light Longboard Surfing Classic was a wonderful day, organiser David Timbs said.

“We had great attendance, about 75 competitors. They came from as far away as Australia, Auckland, Port Waikato and Hawke’s Bay.”

Dan Croskery, who came all the way from Australia, had returned to Gisborne to live and arrived in time for the annual longboarding competition.

The returned surfer also won the day’s top spot prize, a custom longboard shaped by Daryn Mcbride, who also created the artwork on the board.

Mcbride’s design on the deck offers a glimpse through a thicket of purple-stemmed flax plants, and the dark, vinous trunk of a pohutukawa and its red flowers, of a sunlit, tubular wave.

He wanted to capture that sense of walking to a wave break but only being able to catch glimpses of it through the bush, he told The Guide in December.

“You can see waves but not the whole thing. I wanted people to look at it and drift off into a dreamy place.”

Another expatriate who also returned to Gisborne got back just in time for the longboarding classic, Timbs said.

With clean, overhead surf at Red Bus in the morning, waves were of a “seriously good size”, while in the afternoon Northern Makorori offered smaller waves.

Conditions were excellent at both locations, Timbs said.

“It was a good mix for the day.”

Results

Junior (under 20): Finn Vette 1, Connor Putman 2, Benny Kassel 3, Noah Collier 4.

Women: Abi Daunton 1, Sabine Baumgartner 2, Weiteke Deuss 3, Nan Baker 4.

Open: Trent Lillis 1, Guy Burns 2, Daniel Procter 3, Kelly Ryan 4.

Over-40: Daryn Mcbride 1, Lincoln Stone 2, Nick Webb 3, Steve King 4.

Over-50: Clayton Gibson 1, Tommy Swann 2, Sam Mottart 3, Duncan Gibson 4.

Over-60: David Timbs 1, Ronnie Amann 2, Benny Hutchings 3.

Family trophy (two generations): Hamiora and Clayton Gibson.

Soul Surfer: Jinx Johnson

Major spot prize: A custom longboard shaped by Daryn Mcbride was won by Dan Croskery.

ANOTHER dreamy place ...

Held at surf spot Red Bus in the morning and Northern Makorori in the afternoon, Sunday’s Makorori First Light Longboard Surfing Classic was a wonderful day, organiser David Timbs said.

“We had great attendance, about 75 competitors. They came from as far away as Australia, Auckland, Port Waikato and Hawke’s Bay.”

Dan Croskery, who came all the way from Australia, had returned to Gisborne to live and arrived in time for the annual longboarding competition.

The returned surfer also won the day’s top spot prize, a custom longboard shaped by Daryn Mcbride, who also created the artwork on the board.

Mcbride’s design on the deck offers a glimpse through a thicket of purple-stemmed flax plants, and the dark, vinous trunk of a pohutukawa and its red flowers, of a sunlit, tubular wave.

He wanted to capture that sense of walking to a wave break but only being able to catch glimpses of it through the bush, he told The Guide in December.

“You can see waves but not the whole thing. I wanted people to look at it and drift off into a dreamy place.”

Another expatriate who also returned to Gisborne got back just in time for the longboarding classic, Timbs said.

With clean, overhead surf at Red Bus in the morning, waves were of a “seriously good size”, while in the afternoon Northern Makorori offered smaller waves.

Conditions were excellent at both locations, Timbs said.

“It was a good mix for the day.”

Results

Junior (under 20): Finn Vette 1, Connor Putman 2, Benny Kassel 3, Noah Collier 4.

Women: Abi Daunton 1, Sabine Baumgartner 2, Weiteke Deuss 3, Nan Baker 4.

Open: Trent Lillis 1, Guy Burns 2, Daniel Procter 3, Kelly Ryan 4.

Over-40: Daryn Mcbride 1, Lincoln Stone 2, Nick Webb 3, Steve King 4.

Over-50: Clayton Gibson 1, Tommy Swann 2, Sam Mottart 3, Duncan Gibson 4.

Over-60: David Timbs 1, Ronnie Amann 2, Benny Hutchings 3.

Family trophy (two generations): Hamiora and Clayton Gibson.

Soul Surfer: Jinx Johnson

Major spot prize: A custom longboard shaped by Daryn Mcbride was won by Dan Croskery.

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