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Thomas Kibblewhite, Men’s Open and Logger Expression Session winner. Pic: Luke Larking

Kiwi Longboard Titles – wrap & results

26 March 18


Papamoa Beach, Bay of Plenty, North Island, report from Surfing New Zealand: Auckland surfer Thomas Kibblewhite (Red Beach) defended his Men’s Longboard Division title at the Barrett Homes New Zealand Longboard Open held at Papamoa Beach on Saturday (17th February).

Kibblewhite had not competed since his 2017 win but slipped straight back into top form throughout, making his way to the final and then posting a 15.33 point heat total for the win. It is the third time Kibblewhite has won the event in the past five years.

The surf remained clean for the majority of the day with variable winds and a strong 1.0m – 1.5m swell in front of Papamoa Domain before the sea breeze increased late in the afternoon.

The final saw Kibblewhite defeat Ohope surfer Dylan Barnfield for a second time in as many heats with a 15.33 point heat total compared with Barnfield’s 12.67.  Barnfield himself has been absent from competition for several years but his class was evident all day, particularly in the semifinals where he and Kibblewhite along with local Owen Barnes surfed a high-scoring heat that comprised several major lead changes.

Finishing third in the final was National Champion and New Zealand representative Zen Wallis (Piha) with Whakatane surfer Joe Stewart finishing in fourth place.

Waihi Beach surfer Alexis Poulter claimed the title in the Women’s Longboard after a tough four way battle in the final.  Poulter sealed her victory on her last wave, defeating New Zealand representative Gabi Paul (Piha) who finished ahead of Kiri Binnersley (Mnt) in third and Sunny Yoshida (Rag) in fourth.

The Over 40s and 50s Longboard Divisions were claimed by defending champions Owen Barnes (Mnt) and Mark Hoyle (Orewa) respectively.

The Barrett Homes hospitality was on display all day for competitors, spectators and the Papamoa community to enjoy with a shaded family-friendly hang zone, free food and beverages all day and the ‘board container’ to store everyone’s equipment.  Post event, everyone was entertained at the Papamoa Tavern.

 - report from Surfing NZ

2018 Barrett Homes NZ Longboard Titles:

Men’s Longboard Division Semifinals

Heat 1

Zen Wallis (Piha), 14.6, 1, Joe Stewart (Ohope), 9.17, 2, Bryn Marshall (Mnt), 8.8, 3

Heat 2

Thomas Kibblewhite (Auck), 14.07, 1, Dylan Barnfield (Ohope), 13.7, 2, Owen Barnes (Mnt), 12.6, 3

Men’s Longboard Division Final

Thomas Kibblewhite (Auck), 15.33, 1, Dylan Barnfield (Ohope), 12.67, 2, Zen Wallis (Piha), 11.03, 3, Joe Stewart (Ohope), 9.4, 4

Women’s Longboard Division Semifinals

Heat 1

Gabi Paul (Piha), 11.90, 1, Kiri Binnersley (Mnt), 8.17, 2, Hannah Morley (Gis), 6.70, 3

Heat 2

Alexis Poulter (Rag), 7.86, 1, Sunny Yoshida (Rag), 7.67, 2, Margurite Vujcich (Hbay), 1.17, 3

Women’s Longboard Division Final

Alexis Poulter (Rag), 9.03, 1, Gabi Paul (Piha), 4.96, 2, Kiri Binnersley (Mnt), 4.7, 3, Sunny Yoshida (Rag), 3.24, 4

Over 40s Longboard Division Semifinals

Heat 1

Owen Barnes (Mnt), 1, Mal Brady (Mnt), 2

Heat 2

Wyn Hoogerbrugger (Auck), 10.67, 1, Matt Hands (Mnt), 8.26, 2, Graham Helps (Mnt), 4.86, 3

Over 40s Longboard Division Final

Owen Barnes (Mnt), 14.5, 1, Wyn Hoogerbrugger (Auck), 11.9, 2, Matt Hands (Mnt), 6.1, 3, Mal Brady (Mnt), 6, 4

Over 50s Longboard Division Semifinals

Heat 1

Mark Hoyle (Orewa), 10.9, 1, Mike Thomson (Rag), 7.93, 2, Garth Falconer (Auck), 5.26, 3, Margurite Vujcich (Hbay), 2.7, 4

Heat 2

Brian Young (Orewa), 12.3, 1, Brian Moore (TGA), 10.4, 2, Mal Brady (Mnt), 7.21, 3, Michael Gray (Auck), 5.1, 4

Over 50s Longboard Division Final

Mark Hoyle (Orewa), 12.6, 1, Brian Young (Orewa), 9.27, 2, Mike Thomson (Rag), 7.17, 3, Brian Moore (TGA), 4.3, 4

Logger Expression Session

Thomas Kibblewhite, 1, Dylan Barnfield, 2, Zen Wallis (Piha), 3, Bryn Marshall, 4

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