George Haynes will be a man on a mission today as the Sonic
Surf Race series heads towards an exciting conclusion at the Oceans
13 New Zealand under-14 surf lifesaving championships in Mount
The English surf lifesaving representative, based at the Mount
Maunganui club over summer, took out the first of three ironman
rounds in spectacular 3m surf yesterday.
"It was really full-on - there were some big swells coming
through," Haynes said. "There wasn't much of a drift but the
sets were just non-stop. You just had to be sensible and
Haynes headed home Lyall Bay's Tyler Maxwell, with both
athletes displaying fantastic surf riding skills in negotiating the
carnage, with Omanu 16-year-old Ben Cochrane third.
Papamoa 18-year-old Kathryn Stewart, meanwhile, upstaged her
star clubmate Natalie Peat to win the women's first round, not only
overcoming the gigantic waves but some self-doubt too.
"In my warm-up on my board, I didn't even get out," Stewart
admitted. "I definitely had my doubts when I saw the size of
it. In the last leg, I just wanted to get out there without losing
my ski and get out the back, then it kind of opened up."
Another eliminator round will be held this morning, with the
grand final scheduled for this afternoon.
Round 1 results:
Men: George Hanes (Mount Maunganui) 1, Tyler Maxwell (Lyall
Bay) 3, Ben Cochrane (Omanu) 3, Michael Bryant (Papamoa) 4, Perry
Farrell (Mount Maunganui) 5, Hamish Treanor (Mount Maunganui) 6,
Andrew Newton (Mount Maunganui) 7, Julien Lalanne (Mount Maunganui)
8, Ben Johnston (Papamoa) 9, Sam Shergold (Mount Maunganui) DQ
Women: Kathryn Stewart (Papamoa) 1, Natalie Peat (Papamoa) 2,
Katie Wilson (Mount Maunganui) 3, Danielle McKenzie (Mairangi Bay)
4, Karly Maxwell (Lyall Bay) 5, Kirsty Wannan (Piha) 6, Ashley
Cochrane (Omanu) 7, Kelsey Moffatt (Lyall Bay) 8, Jess Miller
(Mount Maunganui) 9 (eliminated).