The second round of the New Zealand Surf Boat series, held at
the Whangamata Surf Boat Spectacular in Coromandel on January 2nd,
has seen over 30 teams go head-to-head in the annual event
organised by the Trust Waikato Whangamata Surf Life Saving
While the North Beach Beavers won the Open Men's division at
Whangamata, the Piha A crew maintain their lead by two points in
the overall surf boat series. However, the Mairangi Bay Merkins sit
second equal in the series alongside the North Beach Beavers, while
Muriwai Moonshine are only another two points back in third,
meaning the next round will be crucial for the open men teams.
In the Open Women's division, the Muriwai Meerkats extended
their lead by taking first in Whangamata, also making it
two-from-two in the process after winning the first round in Mt
Maunganui. Chasing them in second and third respectively are the
two Red Beach crews.
Meanwhile, in the Under 23 Men the Sunset Beach team have
extended their lead and now sit 18 points ahead of their nearest
rivals in the overall series. The Under 23 Women is a closer battle
with the Orewa team leading the series by six points after taking
the age-group win in Whangamata. However, the Red Beach team is
chasing them with both the Waihi and Piha teams sitting third
equal, only a further four points adrift.
Conditions were sunny although relatively flat creating more
rowing work for the surf boat crews, as they couldn't ride any
waves on their return to shore. While it added extra work to their
races, the crews loved it and say Whangamata is still one of their
favourite places to compete.
Surf Life Saving New Zealand (SLSNZ) sport manager Mike Lord
said, "The Whangamata Surf Boat Spectacular is a fantastic event
and again has been well run by the Whangamata Club and volunteer
He added that "it's exciting to see crews return year after year
to support the event," which is a trend he hopes continues in
The next round of the New Zealand Surf Boat Series is set to be
held at Fitzroy Surf Life Saving Club on 13 January, followed by
the fourth and final round at Waihi Beach in early February.
For more results, including the Under 19 and Masters divisions,
The single day event was also the final selection round for both
the Open Men and Under 23 Men teams to represent New Zealand at the
Trans-Tasman Surf Boat Challenge in Australia next month. For more
information about the High Performance selections,