Sunset Beach took a narrow lead into the final day of the North
Island IRB championships in Ohope today, despite Waimarama
dominating the podium.
Waimarama's premier crew of Mike Harman and Ben Cross dominated
the premier division in the tube rescue and mass rescue finals on
the first day of the carnival, which doubles as the second round of
the BP Surf Rescue national series.
The Hawke's Bay duo also helped win the teams race final, while
their club's under-21 crew also picked up the mass rescue
In contrast, Sunset Beach - from the mouth of the Waikato River
- only picked up one gold, when Sam Dwen and Shane Edwards grabbed
the tube rescue title but picked up enough placings with their six
crews to collect 35 points from the day, one ahead of Waimarama.
Dwen and Edwards found the 1m swells tricky but mastered their
starts, which proved the difference.
"We've come a long way - not so long ago it was just me and Sam
racing but now we've got six crews, all still under-21, and we're
the leading crew overall," Edwards said. "We're hoping
to just maintain that consistency tomorrow, pick up a few more
medals and see where it takes us.
World champions Steph and Carla Laughton dominated the women's
division, winning both the mass and tube rescue finals, with
Taylors Mistake, Sunset Beach and United North Piha picking up the
Tomorrow's program will see competition in the prestigious
single rescue and assembly rescue divisions.
Muriwai's under-21 crew
head for trouble (right) while Waimarama head back into the beach
in the mass rescue heats at the second round of the BP Surf Rescue
series, doubling as the North Island champs, at Ohope Beach.
Photo by Jamie Troughton/Dscribe Journalism.
Tube Rescue: Premier: Waimarama (Ben Cross/Michael
Harman/Timothy Cox) 1, Paekakariki (Richard Whinham/Mitchell
Logan/Netta Cagney) 2, Westshore (Bradley Hall/Ryan Ennor/Jessica
Ennor) 3. Mass rescue: Waimarama A (Ben Cross/Michael Harman/Leila
Cross/Luke Davis/Travis Wainwright) 1, Waimarama B (Timothy
Cox/Jason Harman/Zoe Nilsson) 2, Otaki (Luke Christensen/Brad
Tube rescue: St Clair (Carla Laughton/Stephanie
Laughton/Natasha Scott) 1, Taylors Mistake (Meg Fisher/Molly
Bell/Zoe Merrick) 2, Sunset Beach (Tori Shrimpton/Taylor
Shrimpton/Robbie Shrimpton) 3. Mass rescue: St Clair (Carla
Laughton/Stephanie Laughton/Natasha Scott) 1, United North Piha
(Grace Joseph/Katherine Reardon/Tamsin Reilly/Simone Hollier) 2,
Sunset Beach (Mal McGuire/Alana Ibbs/Lewis Powell/Samantha
Coughlan/Joshua Higgie) 3.
Tube rescue: Paekakariki Gold (Dwight Garton/Tyler Mills/Amy
Spiekerman) 1, United North Piha (Leif Neilson/Miles Regal/Maddy
Shieff) 2, North Beach (Hayden Andrews/Matthew Aplin) 3. Mass
rescue: United North Piha (Leif Neilson/Miles Regal/Maddy
Shieff/Simone Hollier) 1, East End (Steven Rolfe/Scott
Nelson/Jessica Cox/Lisa Cox) 2, Paekakariki (Dwight Garton/Tyler
Mills/Amy Spiekerman) 3.
Tube rescue: Sunset Beach (Samual Dwen/Shane Edwards/Grace
Poole) 1, Papamoa (Chad Wheeler/Kirby Wheeler/Paul Smith) 2,
Muriwai (Lincoln Baltus/Thomas Clarke/Jessica Polo) 3. Mass
Waimarama (Luke Harman/Rhys Harman/Luke Davis/Travis
Wainwright) 1, Muriwai (Lincoln Baltus/Thomas Clarke/Jessica Polo)
2, Papamoa (Chad Wheeler/Kirby Wheeler/Paul Smith) 3.
Open teams: Waimarama (Timothy Cox/Ben
Cross/Jason Harman/Michael Harman/Leila Cross) 1, East End
(Campbell Begg/Scott Busing/Geoffrey Cronin/Scott Nelson/Lisa Cox)
2, Papamoa 3.
Points: Sunset Beach 35, Waimarama 34,
Paekakariki 26, St Clair 21, Muriwai 21, Papamoa 20, United North
Piha 19, Taylors Mistake 18, East End 18, Westshore 14, North Beach
5, Otaki 5, Kariaotahi 4, Mairangi Bay 4.