Wini Paul (Sandy Bay) cutting back on her way to second place at in the first round of the Women’s Longboard Division. ©PhotoCPL

Sunday, 3 February 2013

Today's solid 2.0m - 3.0m waves on day two of the 2013 Hyundai Tour event being held at Sandy Bay fell perfectly into the lap of local junior and former New Zealand Junior surfer Paul Moretti (Mimiwhangata). Moretti absolutely demolished his Junior Men's Semifinal heat posting the highest heat score of the event so far, and 18.0 out of a possible 20.

Solid conditions continued to hammer Sandy Bay at the third event of the Tour with moderate onshore winds which made for very trying conditions. Moretti (Mimiwhangata) showed power and commitment and his superior wave selection and surfing ability saw him dominate his opponents. His opening ride was 6.17 out of 10, and he backed it up 8.83 completely blowing his competitors out of the water leaving them in combination land. As if things couldn't get any better he then annihilated a solid left hander completing a perfect vertical re-entry scoring a 9.17 to secure the highest combined heart score of the event so far with an 18.0 out 20. "It was really fun out there aye. I took some really solid drops, and the waves just seemed to come to me. I'm stoked!" he said. This is Moretti's first event of the 2013 Hyundai Tour and with a win here he might well be a strong contender for the 2013 junior title.

Earlier in the quarter finals of the Stand Up Paddleboard Division it was the usual suspects who capitalised on the solid waves on offer. In Heat One Bevan Gooch, riding a 12'6" surf race board, won his heat against 2012 Female World Champion Annabel Anderson (Auckland) placing second. Daniel Kereopa (Raglan) and Shayne Baxter (Christchurch) both dominated their respective heats winning easily. Baxter, in Heat Two, picked off some solid right handers and linked fast cutback turns with solid off the top surfing.

Kereopa, in Heat Three, did much the same and showed why he is the premier SUP surfer in the country, securing the highest combined heat total of the division so far with a 15.0 out of a possible 20. Other stand out performances in the SUP quarterfinals included Rob Hawkins (Raglan) and Armie Armstrong (Raglan) both progressing through the semifinals.

Today also saw the first of a three series Open Ocean SUP Paddle Race. Competitors started at 1pm from Matapouri, 4km south of Sandy Bay and paddled to a marker to the east of Matapouri, then rounding the point into Sandy Bay in the north with the race distance a total of 10km. With board specifications restricted to 12'6" competitors enjoyed the challenging seas and there were some spectacular rides coming into Sandy Bay to finish.

Annabel Anderson (Auckland) was leading heading into the surf zone but came unstuck on a big wave, leaving the door wide open for Armie Armstrong (Raglan) to storm to victory. Anderson came in second ahead of Bevan Gooch (Pauanui) in third and Jeremy Stephenson (Auckland) in fourth position respectively.

The Over 40 Men's quarterfinals took the water, with a number of surfers not showing up for their heats. Guy Rencher (Papamoa) continued his great run of form in the division comfortably taking out his quarter final heat with a heat score of 11.83 out of 20. Rencher continued his dominance in the division by taking out semifinal one ahead of Day One stand out Justin Bambery (Auckland) in second. The second semifinal saw Rhys Powell (Omaha) navigate the tricky outgoing tide conditions to win the heat ahead of Craig Anderson (Mount Maunganui) in second.

Women's Round One saw the return of Sandy Bays very own Wini Paul (Sandy Bay) to the competitive realm for 2013. Paul, who recently qualified for the ASP 2013 World Longboard Tour, showed excellent local knowledge picking off some great rides placing second in her heat. However, the stand out performance of the round was Erin Dark (Gerringong, NSW). Dark continues the strong association our Australian counterparts have with the Hyundai Tour. "This is my first trip to Sandy Bay and I really like it here. The waves were pretty tough, but I'm stoked because it's a beach break" she said. Dark is joined by fellow Australians Sam Suendermann (AUS) and April Charles (AUS).

Also this year saw the addition of another international competitor in Anau Burling (Tonga). Burling progressed through to the semifinals coming second in her heat behind Belinda Goodwin (Raglan). The Burling family are no strangers to the Hyundai Tour with older brother Michael Burling dominating the Open Men's Longboard Tour for a number of years previously. Younger brother Alan Burling also featured in the Junior Men's division.

At the end of Day One the Over 50 Men's Division took to the water in atrocious low tide conditions. As the old saying goes, the cream always rises to the top, and this was evident in the stand out performers of the round with Mark Hoyle (Orewa), Simon Shepherd (Auckland), and Rob Hayes (Orewa) amongst those progressing to the semi-finals. Mark Hoyle (Orewa) surfed his way into the finals unbeaten, securing a combined heat score of 11.27 out of 20 in his semifinal outing. Hoyle, who has become a regular on the Hyundai Tour, enjoyed some great waves and will be one to watch come finals time.

Please see below for results from day two of the Sandy Bay leg of the 2013 Hyundai Tour held on Saturday 2nd February.

Women's Longboard Round 1
Heat 1
Erin Dark (Aus), 11, 1, Wini Paul (Sandy Bay), 10.3, 2, Shelly Jones (Auck), 4.23, 3
Heat 2
Belinda Goodwin (Mt), 7.17, 1, Anau Burling (Tonga), 2, 2, Denise Piper (Whngrei), 0.77, 3
Heat 3
Sam Suendermann (Aust), 8.57, 1, April Charles (Aus), 6.53, 2, Hannah Howard (Auck), 1.13, 3

Junior Longboard Round 1
Heat 1
Paul Moretti (Mimiwhangata), 18, 1, Jordan Griffin (Mnt), 9.27, 2, Alan Burling (Tonga), 6.97, 3

Over 40 Men's Longboard Round 1
Heat 1
Andy Collins (Mnt), 6.2, 1, Steve Tyro (Rag), 5.77, 2, Armie Armstrong (Rag), 4.93, 3, Simon Shepheard (Auck), 2.9, 4
Heat 2
Craig Anderson (Mnt), 2, 1, Paulo Gomes (Whngrei), 1, 2, Mike Millar (Auck), N/S
Heat 3
Guy Rencher (Waihi Bch), 11.8, 1, Rhys Powell (Auck), 9, 2, Stan Murphy (Auck), 4.27, 3
Heat 4
John Rodgers (Auck), 6.33, 1, Justin Bambery (Auck), 6.07, 2, Pete Taylor (Whangaparaoa), 3.1, 3, Simon Atkinson (Auck), 1.4, 4

Over 40 Longboard Semifinals
Heat 1
Guy Rencher (Waihi Bch), 10.2, 1, Justin Bambery (Auck), 9.5, 2, Andy Collins (Mnt), 5.3, 3, Paulo Gomes (Whngrei), 3.4, 4
Heat 2
Rhys Powell (Auck), 6.5, 1, Craig Anderson (Mnt), 6.17, 2, Steve Tyro (Rag), 5.63, 3, John Rodgers (Auck), 4.63, 4

Over 50 Longboard Quarterfinals
Heat 1
Simon Shepheard (Auck), 5.1, 1, David Storck (Auck), 4.1, 2, Kevin Porter (Omaha), 2, 3, Kevin Stiffe (Whngrei), 0.9, 4
Heat 2
Bryan Western (Auck), 9.07, 1, Rob Bayes (Auck), 6.73, 2, Mark Calcutt (ChCh), 1.53, 3, Michael Gray (Auck), 1.27, 4
Heat 3
Mark Hoyle (Orewa), 9.33, 1, Andrew Bonner (Auck), 5.57, 2, Scotty Riach (Auck), 4.43, 3, Mark McNicol (Auck), 1.97, 4
Heat 4
Rupert Newbold (Whngrei), 9.67, 1, Nev Snooks (Auck), 4.43, 2, Garth Falconer (Auck), 4.17, 3, Richard Waitzer (Auck), 3.1, 4

Over 50 Longboard Semifinals
Heat 1
Simon Shepheard (Auck), 7.5, 1, Bryan Western (Auck), 6.07, 2, David Storck (Auck), 4.1, 3, Rob Bayes (Auck), 1.63, 4
Heat 2
Mark Hoyle (Orewa), 11.3, 1, Rupert Newbold (Whngrei), 7.9, 2, Andrew Bonner (Auck), 2.17, 3, Nev Snooks (Auck), 1.8, 4

Stand Up Paddleboard Quarterfinals
Heat 1
Bevan Gooch, 4.03, 1, Annabel Anderson (Auck), 3, 2, Maria Kingi (Piha), 2.33, 3, Jeremy Stephenson (Auck), inj
Heat 2
Shayne Baxter (ChCh), 12.3, 1, Karlos Aarsen (Whmata), 11, 2, Phillip Morris (Auck), 5.3, 3, Shaan Miller (Auck), 5, 4
Heat 3
Daniel Kereopa (Rag), 15, 1, Rob Hawkins (Rag), 7.23, 2, Mike Cann (Auck), 4.03, 3, Adam Bouzaid (Huntly), N/S
Heat 4
Darren Jones (Auck), 9.93, 1, Armie Armstrong (Rag), 9.63, 2, Shane Murrell (Auck), 5.73, 3

Long Distance Stand Up Paddleboard Race
1st Armie Armstrong (Raglan) 54.05, 2nd Annabel Anderson (Auckland) 54.28, 3rd Bevan Gooch (Pauanui) 56.43, 4th Jeremy Stephenson (Auckland) 58.38

Overall the Hyundai Tour boasts $12,000 in prize money which is boosted to $20,000 with another $8,000 distributed to boardrider clubs and community groups at locations the tour frequents.

Hyundai have teamed up with Global Surf Industries and Starboard to provide boards to raffle off at each event location. All proceeds from this weekend's raffles go back to North Coast Boardriders Club to help develop surfing in the region.

The remaining events for the 2013 Hyundai Tour follows:

Hyundai Tour Event 4, 16-17 February, Fitzroy Beach, New Plymouth (4-star)
Hyundai Tour Event 5, 1-2 March, Mount Maunganui (4-star)

Entry into the events can be completed at Surfing New Zealand under "events." Entry into each event closes on the Monday prior to the event commencing. Complete the entry process online or download entry forms and send them in.

Further Information
For further information on the 2013 Hyundai Tour please contact Surfing New Zealand's Ben Kennings on 021 2278732 or email 


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