In 2011 the Hyundai Pro Longboard tour was in its 6th year. It covers the length and breadth of New Zealand, matching the depth of the 100% kiwi owned and operated Hyundai dealer network, from as far south as Dunedin and Invercargill up to Auckland and the far North. From the mountains to the sea, and the open road to the city, the Hyundai diesel is a perfect match in terms of outstanding performance and economy. In a similar way, the Tour challenges longboarders to compete in every style of wave from the beach breaks to the points and reefs of our beautiful coast.
New Zealand is a surfer's paradise. With more than fifteen thousand kilometres of coastline exposed to the might of the Southern Ocean it can consistently deliver quality waves and this is reflected in the standard of surfing.
The tour attracts the world's very best longboarders to compete head to head. They are scored on their two best waves and in each round the Field is halved until a champion is crowned.
The first stop on the tour is at one of New Zealand's most famous surf beaches - Piha. It is an incredibly versatile beach that offers a multitude of different waves for all conditions.
From the warm sands of the North we head South and return for a 3rd year in a row to the coast of Dunedin City. Otago and Southland offer some of the most challenging and rewarding surf breaks to be found anywhere in the country, from long point breaks, heavy slab reefs, to perfect A frame beach breaks.
The third stop on the tour takes us to the other end of the country back up North to the tropical east coast location of Sandy Bay. A small bay that faces NE and can produce perfect conditions for longboarding. With large numbers of entries from all over the World showing up for the recently rated ASP LQS 1-star event it’s only going to get bigger. It seems that longboarding is as strong as it has ever been here in NZ.
Just down the coast in the Bay of Plenty region Mt Maunganui is one of New Zealand's favourite summer holiday destinations with its white sandy surf beach’s offering a mixture of sand banks along a 30 km stretch of idyllic coast line.
Not everyone’s first choice of beach to visit on the West Coast, but since 2006 when the event first came to Port Waikato, all competitors would agree that it has risen to the top of the list. Exposed to the wrath of the Tasman Sea, it’s a location that can offer the unknown. It can be big and out of control one day and the next can be as good as surfing gets! The final stop was just that BIG!!
End of Tour Leader boards
The final results for 2011 shape up like this:
The Junior Men’s division saw Hone Douglas take out the honors of first place.
Joseph Stewart in 2nd and Matt Craig in 3rd, all of who were from Whakatane.
Blake Barnfield (Ohope) in 4th, and Nic Jones (OZ) in 5th
Sitting at the top of the Open Women’s division is Shelly Jones (AKL)
Closely followed by Georgia Young (OZ)
Hannah Howard (AKL) in 3rd
Nava Young (OZ) in 4th
And Sasha Brownlie (AKL) in 5th.
The Stand Up Paddle Board Division was dominated by Daniel Kereopa (RAG) setting the bench mark with a massive score that became impossible to beat early on.
Shane Baxter (CHCH) took 2nd
followed by Sean Hovell (GIS), Arini Armstrong (RAG) and Shane Murrell (AKL)
In the Open Men’s division Josh Constable (OZ) showed his class with 3 out of 5 wins giving him a 1st place podium finish.
Thomas Kibblewhite (AKL) wins the National title and 2nd place overall
Phil Morris takes 3rd
Matt Cockayne (MNGWHAI) in 4th
and Ant McColl (MT) ends up in a respectable 5th place
Aotearoa as a whole embraces the coastal culture of surfing and with support from Hyundai Motors NZ the past time that we take competitively with continue to grow and evolve keeping NZ on the World stage.