Fearless surfboat crew nail title

03:40, Feb 21 2013
Piha Beach Surf boat Carnival
Thundercat competitors Simon Smith (front) and Matt Hayward.

A fearless surfboat crew from Hamilton have nailed the national title with one contest still to run on the summer racing calender.

Incon Automation, namely Simon Smith (pilot) and Matt Hayward (co-pilot), claimed the national surfcross championship crown at Piha last weekend.

And they blitzed the national long haul legs to claim that championship title, too.

Their Thundercat surfcross series started with a bang when the pair flipped in dramatic fashion in Whangamata Beach's overhead waves.

The incident propelled them onto the front page of the Waikato Times and the resulting engine trouble put them on the back foot, but fortune played into their hands when the Mount Maunganui event was canned due to treacherous surf.

Coming into the Piha event last weekend they needed second or better to claim the title.


They managed runner up and claimed the crown with a round to go.

The season highlight for Mr Smith was winning the 100km race from Paeroa to Coromandel that he organised. The flotilla roared down the Waihou River into the Firth of Thames and finished at Coromandel township 3.5 minutes ahead of the next best team.

Mr Smith said they'll probably compete in the final event this weekend at Karioitahi, near Waiuku.

Although it'll be more a victory lap and a chance to celebrate than steely eyed competition.