A ninth at the ASP World Longboard Championsips in China for Thomas Kibblewhite of Red Beach is "a massive result for surfing in New Zealand".
So says Surfing New Zealand events manager Ben Kennings.
He says it's the highest placing at the event for a Kiwi.
It's also only the second time in 10 years a New Zealander has contested the world championship event.
The last one was at Raglan in 2003 through a wildcard entry.
Kibblewhite defeated the No 2 seed Ned Snow from Hawaii to make the final 12 surfers.
It's the first time Kibblewhite has competed in this event and he has made quite an impression.
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