Weight in numbers pays off
Taranaki surfers made it a clean sweep in the over-28 men's final at the national surfing champs in Piha on Saturday.
Oakura surfer Bachelor Tipene took out the final ahead of New Plymouth's Jarred Hancox and Waitara's Jamie Andrews.
The only surfer in the final from outside Taranaki, Kayne Duncan, finished fourth.
The win was one of three national titles to go to Taranaki surfers during the week-long event, with Shaun Coffey taking out the over-40 men's final and Bruce Collier taking out the over-55 event.
Taranaki surfers had podium finishes in several other divisions.
Daniel Farr placed third in the under-14 boys' division, while Nam Northcott finished fourth in the woman's longboard final.
In the open women's final, it was local surfer Mischa Davis who took the title, her second after she won the women's longboard, upsetting defending champion Thandi Tipene.
Tipene finished fourth behind Davis, Whangamata's Ella Williams and Raglan's Alexis Poulter.
Sean Kettle was also a standout at the event finishing fifth in the open men's division and fourth in the under-18 boys' division.
For his efforts Kettle was awarded the most outstanding performance award, which was claimed by Bachelor Tipene in 2012.
Taranaki kneeboarders were also in fine form with Makeno Skelton and Tracey Skelton finishing third and fourth respectively in the final behind winner Craig Hooper and runner-up Kamen Geiseler
Other Taranaki surfers to put in solid performances were Keone Campbell, who finished fifth equal in the open men's, David Farr, who made the semifinals in the over-40 event, and Isaac Kettle and Riccardo Lucibella who both made the under-16 semifinals.
Taranaki Daily News