The second day of the DHL International Surf Rescue Challenge
(DHL ISRC) has seen New Zealand and Australia finish a mere two
points apart, with the Australian side ultimately taking their
second consecutive test win today in Mt Maunganui.
Racing was so close between the two nations that it came down to
the final race of the day for a winner to be decided for the second
day [or test], as they sat on equal points after an intense day of
While New Zealand's Black Fins got pipped at the post for the 2nd
test win, they are still within reach for the overall win as points
are accumulated after the three tests [days]. The top points scorer
will then be declared the 2017 DHL International Surf Rescue
Challenge Champions tomorrow evening at ASB Baypark Stadium
Meanwhile, the fight for third is heating up after South Africa
beat the United States of America (USA) by three points. This also
means the overall battle for third will come down to the last day
as the two nations are separated by one single point.
Great Britain rounded out the top five and finished only two
points behind USA, meaning they could still pose a threat to the
overall result. Japan finished in sixth while Canada finished the
day in seventh.
Meanwhile, in the under-19 youth division, it was a history making
day for the Kiwi team, the Junior Black Fins, who won their first
ever test since the series started in 1999 which makes it a "big
While the New Zealand team is ecstatic about the result, they know
it will be tough to beat the Australian team again tomorrow, who
finished today in second, but say they are proud to take a win for
the Kiwis on home soil.
Rounding out the youth podium in third was South Africa with 62
points. Great Britain finished in fourth and USA in fifth.
DHL ISRC event manager Ross Merrett said he can't believe how
close the racing has been today but is again impressed by the
sportsmanship being displayed by all the athletes.
"I didn't think the racing could get any closer but the athletes
have proven me wrong today. The racing has been absolutely
incredible today and there are lots of great battles going on. The
overall winner will be decided tomorrow as will third place, so
there is a lot on the line for every single team so I'm sure they
will be giving it everything.
"I've also had a lot of comments from teams, spectators and
athletes saying they think this is the best International Surf
Rescue Challenge ever, because of the quality and depth of racing,
but also because of the venue. They've all said how great the local
community has been plus the proximity of all the services, which
has just made it a really enjoyable and easy place to come and
Merrett added that he knows of supporters who have travelled
specifically to Tauranga from as far as Wellington and Northland to
support the international teams.
The event is based over three tests, which includes swim, surf
board, surf ski and beach events. The ISRC originally started in
1939 as the Trans-Tasman Series between Australia and New Zealand,
with the current format of the event first conducted in 1999, which
included South Africa and then followed by other countries.
The original Trans-Tasman Series is now contested as the
Trans-Tasman Trophy within the ISRC, where New Zealand hasn't won
since 1950; a result they wish to overturn this weekend.
The third and final day of the DHL International Surf Rescue
Challenge continues tomorrow from 8.30am.
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