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Unexpected but welcome conditions for Boardrider Club competition

Unforecast bump in swell serves up a treat for boardriders.

Fantastic conditions and excellent surfing were features of the third instalment of Gisborne Boardriders Club's Super Series.

An unforecast bump in swell treated local surfers to some of the best competition conditions of the year.

Organisers chose to hold the event at Wainui Beach's Stock Route.

National champion Saffi Vette won the women's final with some powerful and high-risk manoeuvres, while Jay Quinn squeaked by Damon Gunness to take the men's title.

Quinn's score of 15.27 was good enough to earn him the $1000 first-place prize. Gunness fell just short on 15.17 points.

Former World Surf League competitor Ricardo Christie finished in third place with a score of 13.23, while Nick White, with 11.67, was fourth in a high-scoring final.

Max Phillips took home the title of best junior in the open division, taking home $100 for his efforts.

Gisborne Boardriders surfing development officer Flo Bub said it was great to see some amazing surfing from surfers right through the age-group and open divisions.

“There were plenty of waves,” he said.

“It was awesome to watch and inspiring for the youngsters.”

In the junior divisions, Ollie Tong won the boys' under-12 and u14 divisions, but did not surf in the u16 division, where Phillips won the title.

Bub said Casey Dewes also surfed extremely well. She won the junior girls' division before finishing runner-up to Vette in the open women's contest in her first time competing in that division.

Junior girls' division runner-up Charlotte McDiarmid surfed with poise, earning her second-place finish at just 11 years of age.


Men: Jay Quinn 1, Damon Gunness 2, Ricardo Christie 3, Nick White 4.

Women: Saffi Vette 1, Casey Dewes 2, Asia Braithwaite 3, Hannah Kohn 4.

Junior girls: Casey Dewes 1, Charlotte McDiarmid 2, Bonnie Lynch 3, Ruby Lobb 4.

Under-12 boys: Ollie Tong 1, Oska Gunness 2, Toby Smith 3, Waylon Lynch 4.

U14 boys: Ollie Tong 1, Shea Ferguson 2, Gabe Lobb 3, Hunter Lynch 4.

U16 boys: Max Phillips 1, Riku Gordon 2, Hunter Lynch 3.

Over 50s: Anton Lobb 1, Andrew McCulloch 2, Sam Phillips 3, Steve Sawyer 4.

Over 60s: John Gisby 1, Mike Yukich 2, Marguerite Vujcich 3, Ross Moodie 4.

ON THE CREST: Nick White was fourth in a high-scoring men's final in the third instalment of Gisborne Boardriders Club's Super Series. Pictures by Derek Fryer Imagery
SEEKING POINTS: Riku Gordon heads up the face of a wave in the Super Series third instalment. He was runner-up to Max Phillips in the under-16 boys' division.
Double-up: Casey Dewes won the junior girls' division and was runner-up to Saffi Vette in the women's final at the third event in Gisborne Boardriders' Super Series.