10 December 2011, Whangamata Beach
They may have only been back in their boat for just over a week but East End IRB supremos Andrew Cronin and James Morwood proved once more the old adage of form being temporary, class being permanent.
The world anc national champions won two of the three premier finals on offer at the North Island championships in Whangamata today, which double as the second round of the BP Surf Rescue series.
With Cronin driving and Morwood crewing, the Taranaki pair won the mass rescue final, joining with Rebecca Busing, Sharnee Crobett-Wyatt and Emma Cronin, and also teamed with Campbell Begg to win the open teams race.
The other premier title on offer wend to Paekakariki pair Brent Harvey and Richard Whinham, who won the tube rescue final from clubmates Ben Flynn and Aaron Richardson, with Waimarama's Ben Cross and Mike Harman third. Cross and Harman also picked up third in the mass rescue and second in the open teams.
St Clair sisters Carla and Stephanie Laughton dominated the women's division, winning both the tube and mass rescue finals, while another set of siblings, Mount Maunganui twins Kirby and Chad Wheeler, shared the under-21 spoils with Muriwai's Stephen Butt and Thomas Clarke. Waikanae and Opunake crews led the way in the senior division.
The second and final day of the championships will be held tomorrow, with more testing onshore conditions predicted.