Auckland surfer Thomas Kibblewhite putting his board up and over the lip during the final day of action at the fourth event of the 2013 Hyundai Tour ©PhotoCPL

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Red Beach surfer Thomas Kibblewhite made it two wins from two events at Fitzroy Beach, New Plymouth today (Sunday 17th February) winning the fourth event of the 2013 Hyundai Tour in blazing fashion.

Kibblewhite scored 17.37 in the final which comprised a 9.17 and an 8.2 which left his fellow three competitors scratching for two waves to catch up in the small 0.5m waves.

After missing the first two events of the year while on holiday in Canada, Kibblewhite's outlook on this year's tour has changed.

"Straight off the snowboard onto the longboard and winning events, it has been epic. I am way more relaxed than last year, no more title pressure on my shoulders" said Kibblewhite who claimed his first tour title in 2012.

He showed his class in the small waves that were completely the opposite of the 2.0m waves on offer at Sandy Bay at the last event. "There was the odd little wave with a wall out there, I think we were lucky the surf gets bigger on the tide because it was pretty small on the low" he added.

Kibblewhite's win was made a little easier early in the final when number two seed Daniel Procter (Gis) incurred a paddling interference taking himself out of the picture. As the final panned out, Procter's performance would have only been enough for second place which eventually went to Owen Barnes (WGM) who scored 13.67. Piha surfer Zen Wallis placed fourth in the final.

The results over the weekend see Procter, by way of his third placing regain the Hyundai Tour ratings lead over Ant McColl who finished fifth. The title looks like it will be down to Procter and McColl at the final event to be held at Mount Maunganui on the 1-2 March.

Kibblewhite moved up the ratings from 17th to ninth but is out of the running for tour title despite going for three straight wins at the Mount. "Three is the plan for Mount Maunganui, that's the goal, whatever happens, happens. It is good training for later in the year" said Kibblewhite who aims to compete in an Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Longboard Qualifying event in Australia then one in Hawaii before he competes as the sole Kiwi surfer in the ASP World Longboard Championship in China later in the year.

Australian female Sam Suendermann finally rose to the top in the Women's Longboard Division after traversing the Tasman several times over the last few years. Suendermann has been in the country for the past three weeks surfing on both coastlines. She also competed at Sandy Bay where she placed third in the final. Today despite claiming she had a hard time in the final, Suendermann walked away with the win scoring 11.0 points in the final.

"I had a hard time out there today paddling in between the two banks trying to find waves, I didn't really know where to sit but I got a few fun ones." Suendermann heads back to Australia early next week to attend university.

Placing second today was Mischa Davis (Piha) who reclaimed the number one position on the ratings. Davis finished ahead of local surfer Jo Moore in third place and Hannah Scott (Tara) in fourth.

Paul Moretti (Mimiwhangata) dominated the Junior Longboard Division after an early ding-dong battle with Jordan Griffin (Mnt). Moretti finished with a 13.27 point heat total but had gone back and forth with Griffin for first place early on in the final. Griffin finished with an 11.20 point heat total ahead of Joe Stewart (Ohope) and Scott Braithwaite (Whakatane) who finished third and fourth respectively.

The sharpest of footwork from Craig Anderson (Mnt) saw him claim his second win of the year in the Over 40 Longboard Division. The two wins go with his third placing at Sandy Bay two weeks ago. Anderson combo'ed the field scoring 15.17 points in the final. Runner up was previous ratings leader Guy Rencher (Mnt) who relinquishes his lead by a meagre 15 points. Justin Bambery placed third in the final ahead of fourth placed Armie Armstrong (Rag).

Mark Hoyle (Orewa) was too good for Michael Thomsen (Rag) in the Over 50 Longboard Division taking out his second win in a row on the Hyundai Tour. Thomsen returned to the fold after missing the Sandy Bay leg but it was Hoyle who posted a 13.17 point heat total for the win. Thomsen finished with 10.07 points for an easy second placing ahead of David Storck (Piha) in third and Bryan Western (Orewa) in fourth.

It was four from four for Daniel Kereopa (Rag) as he claimed yet another title in the Stand Up Paddleboard Division. Kereopa was classy in the small waves throwing his personally shaped craft around with ease. Kereopa finished with a 14.4 point total to beat Karlos Aarsen (WGM). Aarsen scored a 4.97 point ride on his last wave ridden in the dying stages of the final to push Shayne Baxter (Chch) back into third place with Armie Armstrong (Rag) finishing the final in fourth.

Armie Armstrong (Rag) took an easy win in the King of the Waves Stand Up Paddleboard Race. After three laps of the course that took paddlers through the Fitzroy break, Armstrong extended his lead to 45 seconds for the most convincing win of the Hyundai Tour this summer. Christchurch surfer Shayne Baxter placed second in the race after a tight battle with third placed Jeremy Stephenson (Auck). Winner of the long distance race held on Saturday, Annabel Anderson (Auck), placed fourth in the race after losing her board heading out through the surf on her second lap of the course.

Please see final results from the fourth leg of the 2013 Hyundai Tour completed at Fitzroy Beach, New Plymouth today (Sunday 17th February).

Men's Longboard Semifinals
Heat 1
Thomas Kibblewhite (Auck), 15.7, 1, Owen Barnes (Mnt), 11.8, 2, Ant McColl (Mnt), 10.9, 3, Jamie Andrews (Waitara), 9.5, 4
Heat 2
Daniel Proctor (Gis), 13.2, 1, Zen Wallis (Piha), 9.8, 2, Phil Morris (Auck), 9.63, 3, Glen Johnson (Auck), 7.3, 4

Men's Longboard Final
Thomas Kibblewhite (Auck), 17.37, 1, Owen Barnes (Mnt), 13.67, 2, Daniel Proctor (Gis), 11.08, 3, Zen Wallis (Piha), 9.08, 4

Women's Longboard Final
Sam Suendermann (Aust), 11.0, 1, Mischa Davis (Oratia), 6.73, 2, Jo Moore (Tara), 5.90, 3, Hannah Scott (Canada), 5.83, 4

Junior Longboard Final
Paul Moretti (Mimiwhangata), 13.27, 1, Jordan Griffin (Mnt), 11.20, 2, Joseph Stewart (Whtane), 8.97, 3, Caleb Braithwaite (Whtane), 4.83, 4

Over 40 Longboard Semifinal
Heat 1
Guy Rencher (Papamoa), 11.06, 1, Armie Armstrong (Rag), 5.47, 2, Mal Brady (Mnt), 5.03, 3
Heat 2
Craig Anderson (Mnt), 13.83, 1, Justin Bambery (Auck), 7.6, 2, Paulo Gomes (Whngrei), 2.3, 3

Over 40 Longboard Final
Craig Anderson (Mnt), 15.17, 1, Guy Rencher (Papamoa), 7.43, 2, Justin Bambery (Auck), 4.22, 3, Armie Armstrong (Rag), 4.07, 4

Over 50 Men's Longboard Final
Mark Hoyle (Orewa), 13.17, 1, Mike Thomson (Rag), 10.07, 2, David Storck (Auck), 6.60, 3, Bryan Western (Auck), 6.50, 4

Stand Up Paddleboard Final
Daniel Kereopa (Rag), 14.4, 1, Karlos Aarsen (Whmata), 11.5, 2, Shayne Baxter (ChCh), 11.1, 3, Armie Armstrong (Rag), 8.17, 4

Stand Up Paddleboard Race (Short)
Armie Armstrong (Rag), 18.05, 1, Shayne Baxter (ChCh), 18.50, 2, Jeremy Stephenson (Auck), 19.43, 3, Annabel Anderson (Auck), 20.10, 4

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 the Taranaki Scholastic Surfing Team.

The final event on the 2013 Hyundai Tour follows:

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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