It was all go at Whangamata over the weekend with around 50 crews taking part in the second round of the New Zealand Surf Boat Series; the Whangamata Surf Boat Spectacular.
Red Beach Surf Life Saving Club finished on top of the club points table with some impressive wins in the women's divisions. The Sirens, with a crew of Kelly Andrew, Katrina Gouldstone, Ashleigh Jenkins, Madison Smith, Zita Talaic-Burgess and sweep Shane O'Halloran, took out the Open Women's event and the Giggles, with a crew of Rebecca Ash, Jaime Busby, Jasmine Cornish, Kelly Dillon and sweep Craig Dillon, taking out the Under 23 Women's event.
The wins didn't stop there with Blakey's Angels (Jessica Cornish, Georgia Cox, Tyler McDowall, Briana Smith and sweep Craig Dillon) winning the Women's Under 19 event.
Over in the Men's division, Piha produced a dominant performance to win the Open Men's event with a crew including Mark Bourneville, Paul Gerritsen, Ben Richards, Ben Scott and Jean-Paul Smit. The Omanu Beach Crackins came in second with the Mairangi Bay Merkins in third.
Rarangi took gold in the Under 23 Men's race with a crew of Michael Boon, Matt Jackson, Joseph Leper, Keagen John Saul and Neil Watts. Waihi took second with the Red Beach Pirates in third.
Over in the Under 19 Men's, it was hosts Whangamata that took gold with Theo Krielen, Sam Rush, Jack Schicker, Hamish Barclay and Steve Pipe, followed by Waihi Beach and Sunset Beach crews in second and third respectively.
The New Zealand Surf Boat Teams and Team Manager will be confirmed and announced next week.
The next event in the series, the North Island Surf Boat Championships, will take place from February 7-8, with the final event, the Piha Big Wave Classic, on February 21.
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Surf Boat Series. Piha SC (Mark Bourneville, Paul Gerritsen, Ben Richards, Ben Scott, Jean-Paul Smit) 1, Omanu Beach SLSC Crackins (Matthew Bridwater, Craig King, Dan Shea, Ross Smith, Ronald Dobbs) 2, Mairangi Bay SLSC Merkins (Adam Jackson, Tm Cameron, Matt Kirke, Wayne Simeon, Nick Laurie, Terry Burbidge) 3.
Surf Boat Series. Red Beach SLSC Sirens (Kelly Andrew, Katrina Gouldstone, Ashleigh Jenkins, Madison Smith, Zita Talaic-Burgess, Shane (Bugsy) O'Halloran) 1, Muriwai LS Cats (Anamaria Clarke, Alison Craigie, Ellie David, Sophie Rowland, Ricky Butt) 2, Orewa SLSC Zee Zee (Jemma Avenell, Grace Francis, Nikki Jones, Jamie Thomsson, Jake Griffiths) 3.
Under 23 Men:
Surf Boat Series. Rarangi SLSC Blue (Michael Boon, Matt Jackson, Joseph Leper, Keagen John Saul, Neil Watts) 1, Waihi Beach LS (David Grant, Tommy Gwilyn, Luke Kingsford, Jack Kingsford) 2, Red Beach SLSC Pirates (Max Anstis, Rhye Jacka, Luke Tomlinson, Kyle Lennon, Shane (Bugsy) O'Halloran) 3.
Surf Boat Series. Red Beach SLSC Giggles (Rebecca Ash, Jaime Busby, Jasmin Cornish, Kelly Dillon, Craig Dillon) 1, New Brighton SLSC Honey Beez (Becky Hix, Ilia Lindsay, Carla Linton, Janelle Trask, Fiona Virtue, Mathew Zaine) 2, Orewa SLSC Stars (Alysha Nesbit, Danielle Shrubsall, Sasha Ballantyne, Hannah Everitt, Mark McCarthny) 3.
Surf Boat Series. Whangamata SLSC U19s (Theo Krielen, Sam Rush, Jack Schicker, Hamish Barclay, Steve Pipe) 1, Waihi Beach LS (Matthew Hart, Tate Van Duyvenbooden, Nicholas Wagstaff, Jack Kingsford) 2, Sunset Beach LS (Jack Boulton, Ryan Brash, Samuel Hughes, Carl Morgan, Ted (Edward) Marsh) 3.
Surf Boat Series. Red Beach SLSC Blakeys Angels (Jessica Cornish, Georgia Cox, Tyler McDowall, Briana Smith, Craig Dillon) 1, Orewa SLSC Aces (Amber Mankelow, Sylvie Mitchell, Emma Nesbit, Courtney McConnell, Mark McCarthny) 2, Piha SC Princesses (Anna Karolczak-Young, Jordan Pope, Mikael Ryan, Grace Jacob, Annie Lines, Nicholas Mackenzie) 3.
Points Totals: Red Beach SLSC 16, Waihi Beach SL 6, Piha SC 6, Whangamata SLSC 5, Orewa SLSC 5, Rarangi SLSC 5, New Brighton SLSC 3, Muriwai LS 3, Omanu Beach SLSC 3, Sunset Beach LS 1, Mairangi SLSC 1.
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