The Orewa Titans and Muriwai Maine Coons took out the open men and women's races at the Piha Big Wave Classic on the weekend to finish off the New Zealand Surf Boat Series.
However the last minute win wasn't enough for either crew as the North Beach Beavers had already taken out the overall series win after the first three rounds at Lyall Bay, Whangamata and Waihi.
The Main Coons were leading the open women's division by six points heading into the weekend and despite winning on Saturday, the three best results from the four rounds of racing count towards the overall win, meaning the Piha Black Pearls took out the series.
Whangamata took out the Round Four win for the Under 23 Men followed by the Red Beach Pirates and Piha Pinapples. Whangamata and Red Beach also took first and second places respectively for the overall series but the Orewa Chargers took third place over Piha.
In the women's division it was the Muriwai Munchkins in first, followed by the Orewa Aces and the Piha Playerz in third in Saturday's racing.
However, fresh from their test win against Australia at the 2016 ASRL Open Trans-Tasman challenge last week, the Titahi Bay Timders claimed the Under 23 women's division having already had two wins and a second place under their belt. That put them in a clear lead in their field and impossible to catch at round four over the weekend. The Muriwai Munchkins took second and the Paekakariki Pearls took third.
The Sunset Young Guns took out the final round for the Under 19 men as well as the overall series and in the Under 19 women's the series was won by the Orewa Baby Blues, although Piha crews Pingers and Pythons, took out first and second places respectively for the final round at their home beach.
Surf Life Saving New Zealand Sport Manager Mike Lord says he was impressed with the standard of racing throughout this year's New Zealand Surf Boat Series.
"The Piha Big Wave Classic is always an exciting way to end the series and there were some testing conditions for the crews on Saturday. There was the usual thrills and spills that go along with surf boat racing and the crews performed incredibly well. They should all be very proud of their efforts this season," he says.
Prize giving for the New Zealand Surf Boat Series will be held at the New Zealand Surf Life Saving Championships in Whakatane on Saturday March 19.
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