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Vette into u16 boys’ final at nationals

MOTHER Nature proved the dominant force on the penultimate day of the National Scholastic Surfing Championships but not before a Gisborne competitor earned a berth in the most anticipated final.

Small waves and moderate north-east winds at Raglan’s Manu Bay resulted in the decision to end the day early, with only 12 heats contested.

Among those to get competitive action were the under-16 boys, who completed hotly-contested quarterfinals and semifinals.

Gisborne’s Finn Vette posted 11.25 out of a possible 20 to place second in his quarterfinal.

He had to settle for second again in his semi but it was enough to progress to today’s final, expected to feature waves much more to his liking.

Vette posted 11.85 in his semi won by Whangarei’s Tom Robinson (14.15).

Raglan’s Kora Cooper (12.8) and Christchurch’s Myka Black (11.85) advanced from the other semi.

Gisborne’s Hue Cowie (6.5) was fourth in his u16 boys’ quarterfinal and was eliminated.

The u16 girls’ semis, featuring Gisborne’s Hannah King and Daizee Rawls, were postponed to this morning.

Conditions were expected to be significantly better, with a two-metre swell predicted.

Heading into today, Auckland held a narrow lead over Waikato in the team standings, with Gisborne seventh.