Surfer to compete
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.