Kaik­oura surfers rule the waves at champs

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Kaik­oura surfers showed class at the 2018 Exit Surf Men’s Can­ter­bury Champs two weeks ago, with vet­eran surfer Dave Lyons tak­ing out the over 45 men’s ti­tle and Levi O’Con­nor surf­ing his way to the top in the open men’s.

The champs were held at Gore Bay over the week­end of April 21 and 22, with close to 100 com­peti­tors from across the coun­try bat­tling it out over two days of fierce com­pe­ti­tion.

Up for grabs was a prize pool of $10,000 in cash prizes.

It was O’Con­nor’s first event of the year and he had placed sec­ond in all of his heats lead­ing up to the fi­nal, his only win com­ing when it mat­tered most, man­ag­ing a 16.1 point heat to­tal out of a pos­si­ble 20.

‘‘I felt like I had been surf­ing good lead­ing into the event and my new board feels re­ally good too. I won the Kaik­oura event last year but I am stoked to add this ti­tle.’’

Levi O’Con­nor - 1st Open Men’s; Myka Black - 1st Un­der 16 Boys; Josh Thick­penny - 1st Over 30’s, 4th Open Men’s; Hugh Ritchie - 2nd Long­board; Dave Lyons - 1st Over 45 Men’s.

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Dave Lyons surfs his way to the over 45 men’s ti­tle at the Exit Surf Men’s Can­ter­bury Champs.

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