Tough­day for Ti­tahi Bay crews


A pho­to­graph taken of the Ti­tahi Bay un­der-19 women’s surf boat crew in trou­ble af­ter hit­ting a wave be­lied the con­di­tions at Whanga­mata on Jan­uary 2.

The largely be­nign wa­ter for round two of the New Zealand Surf Boat Se­ries proved tough for the Ti­tahi Bay crews, who did not reg­is­ter a win.

Just three trav­elled to the Coro­man­del beach for the com­pe­ti­tion - the open women, un­der-23 men and un­der-19 women.

The lat­ter, with Tim Mars­den at sweep, lost to ri­vals Orewa Baby Blues in the fi­nal, strug­gling with a big wave that did not match the con­di­tions over the rest of the com­pe­ti­tion.

They are still out in front of Orewa in the over­all stand­ings, 38 points to 36.

Two rounds re­main - the North Is­land Surf Boat Cham­pi­onships in Waihi on Fe­bru­ary 4-5, and the Piha Big Wave Clas­sic on Fe­bru­ary 18.

At Whanga­mata, the Ti­tahi Bay’s open women’s crew came fourth in the fi­nal.

They ac­tu­ally hit the beach at the same time as Piha and Red Beach, but lost out in a sprint fin­ish.

The re­sult leaves them third over­all on 30 points, be­hind Muri­wai (40 points) and Red Beach (36).

The Ti­tahi Bay un­der-23 men’s crew, mean­while, came third in their fi­nal, trail­ing Orewa and Piha, who also head the over­all leader­board in that or­der.

Ti­tahi Bay open women’s crew mem­ber Ge­or­gia McLaren said hav­ing a round of the se­ries on Jan­uary 2 can make it tough for ev­ery­one to at­tend.

‘‘Peo­ple are scat­tered for new year’s or work­ing or on call,’’ she said.

‘‘Hav­ing three crews there was pretty good and look­ing at the last two rounds, we’ll aim to have plenty more.’’

In the leadup to Waihi, many of the Ti­tahi Bay surf boat crews will at­tend the East­ern Re­gion Cham­pi­onships at Mt Maunganui at the end of Jan­uary and then an in­ten­sive train­ing camp with Mars­den.

‘‘We’re look­ing for­ward to be­ing ex­posed to dif­fer­ent types of surf,’’ McLaren said.

She said there was cer­tainly con­fi­dence among the open women’s crew that they would push hard for the ti­tle, as would all the other crews.

A new boat will be un­veiled by the Ti­tahi Bay open men’s crew in Waihi.


Tim Mars­den, sweep for the Ti­tahi Bay un­der-19 women’s crew, finds him­self in the drink at Whanga­mata.

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