Local surfers shine in NZ scholas­tics

Christchurch Mail - - GARDENING - SURF­ING

‘‘Our team is re­ally strong this year and we're look­ing for­ward to some great per­for­mances over the week’’

Christchurch surfers Conor McLen­nan and Myka Black have been show­ing their style in the 2017 Na­tional Scholas­tic Surf­ing Cham­pi­onships which started in Gis­borne on Mon­day, as re­gional teams from around the coun­try at­tempted to keep a clean slate through the first rounds.

Surf­ing NZ li­ai­son Ben Ken­nings said waves of around 1me­tre pushed through con­sis­tently through­out the day al­low­ing the first rounds of all boys’ di­vi­sions to be con­tested.

Local surfer Finn Vette, the youngest of the Gis­borne team, posted the day’s high­est to­tal heat score of 16.43 points out of a pos­si­ble 20 in his Un­der 14 Boys heat. Vette also claimed the high­est sin­gle wave score of the day with an 8.87 out of 10.

He was fol­lowed closely by Can­ter­bury’s Conor McLen­nan (North Wai) who surfed to an im­pres­sive 16.10 point heat to­tal in the Un­der 18 Boys Di­vi­sion. McLen­nan led seven out of eight Can­ter­bury team mem­bers through to the sec­ond round of the event.

Ris­ing young Christchurch surfer Myka Black (North Wai) is also com­pet­ing in the scholas­tics for the first time this year con­test­ing the Un­der 14 Boys Di­vi­sion.

Can­ter­bury team of 12 plus one re­serve, the re­gion’s best high school age surfers, trained all win­ter un­der Can­ter­bury coach Mark Per­ana, Nick Black (Myka’s fa­ther) and Alan Te Moananui at beaches from Sum­ner to Waikuku.

Can­ter­bury Scholas­tics chair­man Aaron Lock said the team had en­joyed ‘‘fan­tas­tic sup­port’’ from the local com­mu­nity who helped with fundrais­ing, as well as from South­ern Trust, NZ Com­mu­nity Trust, Exit Surf, and Against the Grain Screen Print­ing.

‘‘The team is re­ally strong this year and we’re look­ing for­ward to some great per­for­mances over the week,’’ Lock said.

The Na­tional Scholas­tics are the pin­na­cle of ju­nior surf­ing in New Zealand. Unique to the event is the fact that surfers have to qual­ify to com­pete as part of 12 re­gional teams.

The event is held over five days and crowns an over­all team win­ner plus in­di­vid­ual win­ners in each of the age groups from un­der-14 to un­der-18.

COREY/ NZ SURF­ING MAGAZINE

Christchurch surfer Myka Black at the Na­tional Scholas­tic Surf­ing Cham­pi­onships in Gis­borne.

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