Memorial Contest honours surfers
Sand swept into the ocean as Orewa surfers took part in a Memorial Contest to honour founding members who have died.
The Orewa Longboard Club held its inaugural Memorial Contest at Waipu Cove this month which attracted around 70 surfers aged from 11 to 67.
Club President, Tom Kibblewhite, said they chose Waipu Cove as it has close ties to the Orewa Club.
‘‘Our club is based in Orewa, but we surf all over Auckland and Northland.‘‘
On April 8 and 9, the contest opened with a ceremony.
‘‘Sand was brought from our past members’ local beaches and favourite surf spots, and were mixed together in a silver bowl. Family members of those who had died then placed a handful of the sand into the surf.
‘‘The contest rolled off with no hitches over the two days and we had a fantastic reception from Waipu Cove residents who came down and supported us.’’
David Storck came first in the Legends 60+ event, Brian Young won the Grand Kahunas 50+ event and Winnie Hoogerbrugge came out on top in the Kahunas 40+ event.
Shelly Jones won the womens division, Matt Newdick came first in the juniors and Tom Kibblewhite took out the open class.
Bryan Young wins the 50 plus division.