As we reach the half way point of the Hyundai Pro Longboard Tour the NZ summer serves up its highest temperatures so far, with recordings of 33 degrees in the shade!
On Thursday afternoon our crew arrived at Sandy Bay where the surf chat was dominated by yarns of Cyclone Wilma only days before… "8ft off the point, pealing right across the bay and only 6 of us out! Should have been here, you would have loved it!" It was easy to believe that we had missed a great window of opportunity for heart pounding action.
Not so for the hundreds of holiday makers and surfing enthusiasts who were camping, relaxing, and enjoying Hyundai NZ hospitality. The game was afoot and the spectators and competitors prepared in anticipation of the battle for valuable tour points that would eventually determine the overall Champion for 2011.
As a surfer, spectator, event manager, media person, or sponsor, you have to stay optimistic and enthusiastic for whatever conditions present themselves during the competition period.
As it turned out, the idyllic East Coast beach break served up some perfect clean peaks over the 3 days for the competitors to show off their talents and to impress the judges.
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Artist: Jay Soul
Composer: Jeroen Van Olfen
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From: Surfing New Zealand
Sport: International Longboard Surfing
Series: 2011 Hyundai Pro Longboard Tour - Event 3 (ASP LQS 1 Star)
Date: 4-6 February 2011
Location: Sandy Bay, Whangarei, New Zealand
International surfers unleash on final day of Sandy Bay Hyundai Pro Longboard Tour.
Australia's Josh Constable has claimed the Hyundai Pro Longboard Tour title at Sandy Bay, Whangarei, New Zealand today (Sunday 6th February) - the first event of the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Australasia Longboard Qualifying Series (LQS).
Constable now leads the four event LQS and also jumps back into the lead on the Hyundai Pro Longboard Tour in New Zealand after winning the two events he has contested to date.
The final day of the Sandy Bay event took place in clean 0.5m - 1.0m waves with light winds and crisp conditions. After the previous two days of competition, day three delivered the best waves of the event and the large crowd witnessed a true spectacle of quality surfing.
ASP LQS Open Men's Division Final
1st Josh Constable (AUS), 2nd Mitch Surman (AUS), 3rd Harley Ingleby (AUS), 4th Phil Morris (NZL)
Open Women's Division Final
1st Georgia Young (AUS), 2nd Nava Young (AUS), 3rd Sam Suendermann (AUS), 4th Wini Paul (Sandy Bay)
Stand Up Paddleboard Division Final
1st Beau Nixon (AUS), 2nd Daniel Kereopa (Raglan), 3rd Shayne Baxter (CHCH), 4th Karlos Aarsen (Whangamata)
The remaining events on the 2011 Hyundai Pro Longboard Tour follow:
Hyundai Pro Longboard Tour Event 4, 19-20 February, Mount Maunganui (4-star)
Hyundai Pro Longboard Tour Event 5, 4-5 March, Port Waikato (6-star)
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