Oakura surfer just misses out on title at Rip Curl GromSearch
Oakura's Ariana Shewry is looking to the future despite narrowly missing out on winning her second surfing title in two weeks.
The two day Rip Curl GromSearch, at New Plymouth's Fitzroy Beach, finished on Sunday with 13-year-old Shewry, who won the under-14 girls at the Billabong event at Piha last week, being piped at the post by Brie Bennett, Raglan, after receiving an interference penalty for dropping in on another surfer.
Invitations to represent New Zealand at the International GromSearch were on the line at the event for the under-17 divisions while under-14s and under-12 were also competing.
Shewry, who had been leading the final right up until the final minute, said while she was disappointed it had been great to surf at home.
"It was super fun competing, I was really happy to see all of my friends and have a great time with them competing.
"I was really happy because my family and friends, from home, got to see me complete."
Shewry, who won the under-12 girls division at the event in 2012, wasn't going to dwell on the result instead she was already focused on taking part in the Women's World Surf League Wahine Pipe Pro qualifying event in Hawaii later this month.
"I'm really excited to surf against all of the girls over there in world class waves, it's going to be great exposure.
"My dream is to be a world champ so it's just a stepping stone towards achieving that."
Taking part in the event would let Shewry know where she was on the world stage and what she needed to work on.
She said it was hard to pick a favourite surfer.
"I have quite a few favourites, Carissa Moore because she is so powerful, Paige Hareb because she is really kind to me and takes me surfing and Steph Gilmore because she keeps pushing the boundaries."
Hamilton's Caleb Cutmore and Mount Manganui's Elin Tawharu won their respective under-17 divisions and the opportunity to represent New Zealand at the International Rip Curl GromSearch later this year.
Taranaki's Zhana Hutchieson finished fourth in the under-17 girls while Ryder Pennington and Kalani Louis finished second and third in the under-12 boys division.