‘Solid crew’ of firefighter surfers enjoy two days of good waves
The firefighters national surfing championships concluded here yesterday with organiser Leon Kahn saying it was a highly successful competition.
About 30 career and volunteer firefighters, men and women, competed over the two days.
“The swell held in for our semi-finals and finals yesterday, surfed at The Creek break at Makorori, in head-high waves of half-a-metre to a metre,” Leon said.
“The wind threatened to ruin things, but fortunately it held off. “It was a hotly contested event and the best surfers came away with the silverware.
“Overall, it was a very successful competition.”
Kahn was the best of the Gisborne boardriders taking part, winning the over 40s age group, and he was second in the open.
“I was certainly happy with how I surfed, and pleased with my results.”
Former firefighter Mike Milne, now retired, made the finals in the over 60 division and finished fifth.
Auckland took out the overall teams title, with members of that team winning the open and over 50 divisions.
“It was really good to have a solid crew of people together like we did over the two days,” Kahn said.
“It helped to put a difficult year behind us by going surfing together.”