Australian ironman Jackson Maynard added some international class to the Whangamata Classic surf lifesaving carnival yesterday, though the 22-year-old didn't have things all his own way.
Maynard, who finished third in the Australian ironman
championships earlier this year, headed across the ditch to compete
at Whangamata and in next weekend's inaugural Mount Monster
long-distance event. He showed his all-round skills by winning the
open men's surf race at the annual Coromandel carnival and grabbed
third-placings in both the ski race and board race
But he was shut out of the medals in the ironman, after a remarkable surge from Mount Maunganui's Andrew Newton, who outsprinted Whangamata local Bjorn Battaerd after a phenomenal final board leg.
The 27-year-old Newton has a rich pedigree on the board and ski but has steadily built on his swimming in recent legs. He also took advantage of a friendly sandbank in the opening swim leg yesterday, allowing him to keep pace with the early leaders, though he still had plenty of work to do over the ski and board legs.
"I saw a wave coming as I came around the cans on the board and knew I had to pull down it," Newton said. "When we all hit the beach together, it was all about who still had the legs - I'm pretty happy with that finish!"
It wasn't long until his rivals had their revenge, however - Newton had a decent lead in the board race final until a wave brought half a dozen other competitors through.
Gold Coast-based Kiwi Max Beattie won the subsequent sprint, with Papamoa teenager Danny Hart picking up second.
Orewa's Jack Wilson caused another upset in the ski race final, although the 20-year-old is a nationally-ranked kayaker. He held off Beattie and Maynard for the win, with other notable paddlers like Travis Mitchell (Mairangi Bay) and Steve Ferguson (Piha) out of the top-three.
Four-time Olympian Ferguson did pick up second in the surf race, however, and grabbed an impressive fifth in the ironman after the best part of a year on the sidelines.
Even more impressive was Paekakariki paddler Kayla Imrie, who dominated a class field to win the women's ski race. Imrie was too strong for another cross-over kayaker, Fitzroy's Rebecca Cole, with Piha's Brita Camplin third.
Camplin also finished third in the board race and second in the ironwoman, behind Papamoa's Natalie Peat, while Peat was second in the surf race behind Mount Maunganui's Jess Miller.
Gisborne schoolgirl Jasmine Smith won the board race, going one
better than her breakthrough silver at the same event last year,
while the 17-year-old also took home the under-19 title.
Smith's prowess on a board isn't just in the surf lifesaving sphere either - she's the reigning under-18 girls' national surfing champion and finished fifth at the ISA world junior surfing championships in Nicaragua earlier this year.
Organisers were delighted with the turnout in Whangamata, with
more than 550 athletes from 21 clubs attending the carnival,
jointly hosted by Surf Life Saving Northern Region and SLSNZ
Red Beach's prowess in the boat and canoe arenas helped them claim the overall points total, finishing two clear of Mount Maunganui, with Papamoa third.
Ironwoman: Natalie Peat (Papamoa) 1, Brita Camplin (Piha) 2, Emma Wilson (Muriwai) 3. Ski race: Kayla Imrie (Paekakariki) 1, Rebecca Cole (Fitzroy) 2, Brita Camplin (Piha) 3. Board race: Jasmine Smith (Wainui) 1, Katie Wilson (Mt Maunganui) 2, Brita Camplin (Piha) 3. Surf race: Jessica Miller (Mt Maunganui) 1, Natalie Peat (Papamoa) 2, Emma Wilson (Muriwai) 3. Beach sprint: Olivia Eaton (Mt Maunganui) 1, Casie Fyall (Waikanae) 2, Kelsey Lewis (Orewa) 3. Beach flags: Katie Watts (Fitzroy) 1, Flossie Lundon-Moore (Fitzroy) 2, Amelia Riddick (Fitzroy) 3. Canoe: Karekare (Olivia Thomson, Tamara Mclarin, Emily Munro, Phoebe Munro) 1, Red Beach (Stephanie Busby, Sarah Jenkinson, Robyn Presland-Tack, Sharon Turner, Sam Goodare) 2, Fitzroy (Eva Reid, Charlotte Rudd) 3. Boat: Red Beach (Kelly Andrew, Katrina Gouldstone, Ashleigh Jenkins, Madison Smith, Zita Talaic-Burgess, Shane O'Halloran) 1, Muriwai A (Alison Craigie, Holly Mohan-Druce, Ashley Hickey, Hannah Thompson, Ricky Butt) 2, Muriwai B (Olivia Marlow, Rowen Waterworth, June Hardacre, Bridget Law, Kendall Dooley) 3.
Board race: Max Beattie (Omanu) 1, Daniel Hart (Papamoa) 2, Jackson Maynard (Currumbin, Aus) 3. Ski race: Jack Wilson (Orewa) 1, Max Beattie (Omanu) 2, Jackson Maynard (Currumbin, Aus) 3. Ironman: Andrew Newton (Mt Maunganui) 1, Bjorn Battaerd (Whangamata) 2, Max Beattie (Omanu) 1. Surf race: Jackson Maynard (Currumbin, Aus) 1, Steven Ferguson (Piha) 2, Adrien Lambolez (Mt Maunganui) 3. Beach sprint: Scott Murfitt (Fitzroy) 1, Connor O'Loughlin (Midway) 2, Andrew Saunders (Orewa) 3. Beach Flags: Connor O'Loughlin (Midway) 1, Andrew Saunders (Orewa) 2, Scott Murfitt (Fitzroy) 3. Canoe: Karekare B (David Wade, Mike Mulcahy, Clyde Strickett, Matt Wade) 1, Red Beach (Paul Cleminson, Kevin Cornish, Shane Minifie, Alistair Presland-Tack) 2, Karekare A (Daniel Gradiska, Michael Hyde, Zane Mclarin, Daniel Whiting) 3. Boat: Piha (Mark Bourneville, Paul Gerritsen, Scott Lissington, Benjamin Richards, Ben Scott) 1, Bethells Beach (Luke Good, Cole Cassidy, Mate Botica, Rory Futter, Hira Edmonds) 2, Muriwai (Thomas Belgrave, Liam McMaster, Jacob Pemberton, Kendall Dooley, Dan McCormack, Chris Deacon) 3.
Red Beach 60, Mt Maunganui 58, Papamoa 43, Orewa 25, Fitzroy 21, Muriwai 20, Piha 19, Omanu 18, Mairangi Bay 11, Karekare 11, NPOB 9, Lyall Bay 9, Waikanae 8, East End 7, Waihi Beach 7, Paekakariki 6, Wainui 6, Midway 5, Bethells Beach 4, Whangamata 4, Sunset Beach 3.
Mount Maunganui's Andrew Newton won
the open ironman at the Whangamata Classic.
Photo by Jamie Troughton/Dscribe Media Services