The 1st stop of the 2011 Hyundai Pro Longboard Tour event is a huge success!
Interviewer: Issac Johnston "KEG"
Lets Go fishing - The Mots
The class of the Australian surfers Josh Constable and Nic Jones proved too much for the Kiwi surfers at the first event of the 2011 Hyundai Pro Longboard Tour as the two Aussies walked away with big wins in their respective divisions.
The first event of the tour was played out at the south end of Piha Beach in clean 1.0m waves. The bar at Piha has been showing some exceptional form recently and today was no different with some amazing waves coming through all morning.
Constable was odds on favourite to win the event given his lengthy list of international results. He has toured to New Zealand for many years contesting key events on the Hyundai Pro Longboard Tour and took the opportunity to return for the first event of 2011.
In the final Constable scored 16.40 out of a possible 20 to take the win. His final was epitomised by his last wave which scored a 9.0 for three massive vertical backhand re-entries.
“It was a good final” said Constable. “My game plan was to get whatever came my way as it was getting inconsistent out there. Early on I got two waves and one was a keeper. With 15 minutes to go, I decided to sit there and be selective and it paid off when I got the nine point ride and that was it” added a happy Constable post-final.
It looks like the Kiwis may have a challenge on their hands for the entire 2011 Hyundai Pro Longboard Tour too with Constable suggesting he will be competing at several events, conditions dependent, but certainly the third leg of the tour at Sandy Bay and the final event at Port Waikato.
Daniel Kereopa (Rag) blitzed his opponents in the Starboard Stand Up Paddleboard Division scoring 17.25 points out of a possible 20. Kereopa, riding a small 8.0ft board, made easy work of the waves completing some radical turns using his paddle to it’s maximum capability. The Whangamata duo of Lynden Kennings and Ryan Cowling placed second and third respectively, neither able to surf with the sharpness of Kereopa, Kennings finishing with a score of 13.5 and Cowling 11.0. Gisborne surfer Sean Hovell finished the final in fourth place scoring 8.70.
Open Men’s Final
Josh Constable (Aust), 1, Daniel Proctor (Gis), 2, Michael Burling (Gis), 3, Phil Morris (Auck), 4
Mischa Davis (Oratia), 1, Anna Jolly (Piha), 2, Shelly Jones (Auck), 3, Sasha Brownlie (Auck), 4
Starboard Stand Up Paddleboard Finals
Daniel Kereopa (Rag), 1, Lynden Kennings (Whgmata), 2, Ryan Cowling (WGM), 3,
Sean Hovell (Gis), 4
The remaining events on the 2011 Hyundai Pro Longboard Tour follow:
Hyundai Pro Longboard Tour Event 2, 13-16 January, Dunedin (5-star) (CURRENTLY IN POST PRODUCTION)
Hyundai Pro Longboard Tour Event 3, 4-6 February, Sandy Bay (SNZ 6-star / ASP LQS 1-star)
Hyundai Pro Longboard Tour Event 4, 19-20 February, Mount Maunganui (4-star)
Hyundai Pro Longboard Tour Event 5, 4-5 March, Port Waikato (6-star)
Entry into the events can be completed at Surfing New Zealand under events.
For further information on the 2011 Hyundai Pro Longboard Tour please contact Surfing New Zealand’s Ben Kennings on 021 2278732 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively contact Hyundai Brand Manager Devyn Cantley on 0275541548 or email email@example.com