Surfer to com­pete

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Whanga­mata’s Ben Ken­nings is among those com­pet­ing in the long­est run­ning surf­ing event in New Zealand, which takes place over seven days from Jan­uary 6-12 along the Taranaki Coast­line.

In the 55-year his­tory of the event the Health 2000 Na­tional Surf­ing Cham­pi­onships has grown to en­com­pass 29 di­vi­sions spread across all dis­ci­plines and age groups, mak­ing for a largely in­clu­sive event, filled with high level surf­ing as well as good times in and out of the water. Over 330 en­tries have been re­ceived for the event.

The Health 2000 Na­tional Surf­ing Cham­pi­onships forms the first leg of the 2019 New Zealand Surf Se­ries which in turn pro­vides a vi­tal path­way to­ward the ISA World Surf­ing Games, a key Olympic qual­i­fi­ca­tion event in 2019.

Dune Ken­nings of Whanga­mata was at 11th place in the Open Men’s na­tional rank­ings for 2018 with Ben at 16th equal rank­ing. Other lo­cal surfers on the na­tional rank­ings in­cluded Dy­lan Pre­ston of Whanga­mata, Jay Piper­healion of Whi­tianga and Ben Smith of Hot Water Beach.

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