Piha A sweep surf boat competition aside

01:16, Feb 02 2014
Big Wave Classic at Piha
The women's crew from Omanu Beach.
Big Wave Classic at Phia
The men's crew from Orewa head out through the surf.
Big Wave Classic at Phia
The men's crew from Paekakariki.
Big Wave Classic at Phia
The men's crew from Red Beach get hit by a wave when heading in from the mark.
Big Wave Classic at Phia
The men's crew from Red Beach hitch a ride on a wave.
Big Wave Classic at Phia
The men's crew from Mairangi Bay take flight.

Piha defended their home surf, grabbing wins in all three surf boat divisions of the Big Wave Classic.

The club secured the trifecta fending off some of New Zealand's best in surf boat competition.

True to it's name, the west coast beach turned on the big waves, at times making it difficult for some crews to compete.

Australasian champions Piha A proved local knowledge to be advantageous as they made light work of the five foot swells.

Event organiser and sweep Mark Bourneville had a hand in all three of the clubs wins and said the teams deserved it after all their hard work.

"It's a serious sport, on top of training and the gym we all have to be active lifeguards so as well as do this we have to turn up and patrol Piha beach and drag people out of the water so it's a big commitment", he said.

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The Big Wave Classic is part of the four race New Zealand Surf Boat Series.

New Zealand selectors use the event to recruit male and female crews to compete against the best boats in Australia's Surf Rowers League this month.

After coming second in all divisions of the Whangamata Surf Boat Spectacular last month, Piha are pleased to have a win to share with the locals.

 

The next race will take place in Waihi next week. 

Fairfax Media