Pair ride up NZ re­sults ta­ble

Geor­gia Wed­erell and Dar­ren Kiwi among Bay’s best per­form­ers at the na­tional champs

Bay of Plenty Times - - SPORT - Kristin Macfar­lane

Mount Maun­ganui’s Geor­gia Wed­erell has im­proved her re­sults in this year’s na­tional surf­ing champs — some­thing she plans to con­tinue at fu­ture events.

The 16-year-old fin­ished sec­ond in the un­der 18 girls divi­sion at the Health 2000 Na­tional Surf­ing Cham­pi­onships, held at Stent Rd in Taranaki from Jan­uary 6 to 12.

Last year she was third in the same divi­sion.

“It was good to get a bet­ter re­sult, I’m very stoked with sec­ond,” Wed­erell said.

Fel­low Mount Maun­ganui surfer Dar­ren Kiwi also scored a sec­ond place in the over 45 men’s divi­sion.

Both surfers, along with Phil Grif­fin — who was sec­ond in the over 55 men’s divi­sion — left the com­pe­ti­tion as the top-ranked Bay of Plenty surfers.

The na­tional cham­pi­onships were held over seven days with 29 di­vi­sions at­tract­ing more than 330 en­tries.

Wed­erell started surf­ing com­pet­i­tively about six years ago and has plans to even­tu­ally turn pro.

The on­line Te Kura stu­dent will be back at na­tion­als next year with the goal to claim that No 1 spot in the un­der 18 divi­sion — and hope­fully se­cure a good plac­ing in the open women’s divi­sion as well.

This year was her fourth com­pet­ing at na­tion­als and next year, she’ll be back.

“I’d like a win in the un­der 18,” Wed­erell said.

She said her big­gest bar­rier of com­pe­ti­tions is fo­cus­ing on her own plan and be­ing in a good head space, so if she can do that she is con­fi­dent in her abil­ity.

Surf­ing is some­thing Wed­erell started do­ing with her dad, who would surf the waves with her on his board. Now she can’t get enough of the sport her­self.

“My dad surfs, he was al­ways tak­ing me out when I was younger.

“I love be­ing out there and do­ing what I love in the ocean.”

Dur­ing the com­pe­ti­tion, Raglan’s Billy Stair­mand claimed his sev­enth na­tional ti­tle in the open men’s fi­nal while Great Bar­rier Is­land surfer Aimee Brown won her first ti­tle in the open women’s divi­sion.

Photo / NZ Surf­ing Mag­a­zine

Mount Maun­ganui’s Geor­gia Wed­erell was the top-ranked Bay fe­male at the Health 2000 Na­tional Surf­ing Cham­pi­onships at Stent Rd, Taranaki.

Photo / Cory, NZ Surf­ing Mag­a­zine

Mount Maun­ganui’s Dar­ren Kiwi fin­ished sec­ond in the Over 45 Men’s Divi­sion at the Health 2000 Na­tional Surf­ing Cham­pi­onships.

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