The 2018 New Zealand Surf Boat Series has officially wrapped up
and series champions crowned after four gruelling rounds,
culminating at Waihi Beach last weekend that saw 20 crews take
It was a close battle for the Open Men's title with 14 crews
entered into the category throughout the series but it was the
North Beach Beavers who wrapped the title up by a mere two points
over the Muriwai Moonshine and Piha A crews who both finished on 54
points. The Mairangi Bay Merkins weren't far behind on 50
Meanwhile, the Muriwai Meerkats managed to win the Open Women's
class by six points over second-placed getters Red Beach Jedeyes
after taking third place in the final at Waihi.
The Sunset Beach Young Guns managed to secure the Under-23 Men's
category win despite not competing at Waihi Beach, with a similar
story for the series-winning Under-23 Women's crew from Orewa who
also didn't compete at the final round.
Surf Life Saving New Zealand (SLSNZ) Sport Manager Mike Lord
says unfortunately the weather didn't come to the party for the
fourth and final round of the series. As the surf was too large,
only the Open Men's races could be run in three heats plus the
final. The Open Women and Under 23 events went straight to finals
and weren't counted towards the overall series points.
Both Under-19 final races weren't contested at Waihi Beach
however the titles were still decided and ultimately won by the
Whangamata Motor Boaters in the Men's division by two points over
the Sunset Hipsters. Similarly, in the Women's division, the
Paekakariki Tui team took the national series title by two points
over the North Beach Bullets.
Mr Lord says despite the conditions, it was a great season
finale for the surf boat teams with people are already looking
forward to next year's instalment.
"The racing by the surf boat crews this season was fantastic, as
it always is, and it was great to watch. It was a successful series
and I've already had people say they can't wait to do it all again
"On behalf of the Surf Life Saving New Zealand sport team, I
would also like to extend our congratulations to all the teams who
won this season and thank everyone for taking part and making it
such a great surf boat series," Mr Lord added.
The New Zealand Representative Surf Boat Challenge was also
cancelled due to the conditions and formats of racing so the
Champion of Champion's event was brought forward to Sunday morning
with a mixture of crews taking part.
Considered the ultimate challenge in surf boat racing, the title
was won by Muriwai followed by Orewa in second and North Beach in
Next week will see four New Zealand crews travelling to
Australia for the Trans-Tasman Surf Boat Challenge which will take
place on February 17 at Elouera Beach in New South Wales as part of
the ASRL Open.
The Trans-Tasman Surf Boat Challenge consists of a three race
series for the men's crews and same for the women's with combined
points accumulating to a champion nation that will be presented
with the Trans-Tasman Surf Boat Challenge trophy.
Mr Lord wished the four crews the best of luck for the event.
"The Australians are always fierce competitors but we know we have
the best possible teams entered."
The next major event on the SLSNZ sport calendar is the BP North
Island IRB Championships this weekend in Waipu Cove, followed by
the New Zealand Under 14 Surf Life Saving Championships (Oceans
'18) at Orewa Beach from 1-4 March.
Click here for the Round Four and Champion of
Champion results and Click here to see the overall Surf Boat Series
For more information, please contact:
Phone: 027 515 7157
Or: Mike Lord , Surf Life Saving New Zealand Sport Manager
Phone: 027 457 1025