Nikki Nathan wins Re­mem­ber the Days con­test

The Northland Age - - Sport -

Ahipara nat­u­ral-footer Nikki Nathan was de­lighted to have the priv­i­lege of hold­ing the Re­mem­ber the Days tro­phy aloft af­ter win­ning the an­nual surf con­test held in glassy four-foot waves at Tau­roa Point on Satur­day.

Nathan said af­ter the event it had been a long­stand­ing goal to win the tro­phy.

“Sick waves! I wasn’t the best surfer out there to­day but got the waves to get the win. This was the only comp I wanted to win.

“Now I can ‘re­tire’,” he said. He said he had ut­most re­spect for the event.

“The kau­papa be­hind this tro­phy is why I was there to­day and will con­tinue to be [in the fu­ture].

“Re­mem­ber the Days is about re­mem­ber­ing those who have passed on and were all leg­ends in our eyes. Some big char­ac­ters and per­son­al­i­ties . . .

“Sui­cide aware­ness is a ma­jor player to­day in peo­ples’ lives where help­ing so many and hav­ing com­pas­sion for those of us, whether they be friends or fam­ily etc, is a big deal,” he said.

Nathan thanked wife Briana for be­ing his “cheer squad” on the day, and thanked or­gan­iser Wayne Clarke — who es­tab­lished the con­test in 2012 to raise aware­ness around the is­sue of sui­cide. He re­mem­bered those from the lo­cal surf­ing com­mu­nity who had died — for his “solid mahi . . . and stir­ring us all up by trav­el­ling from his cur­rent base in Melbourne” to run the con­test.

Wayne said con­di­tions on Satur­day were ideal for the turnout of 12 com­peti­tors who were ac­com­pa­nied by an es­ti­mated 20 sup­port­ers, with seven heats run through­out the morn­ing and early af­ter­noon to find the new cham­pion.

“I love com­ing home to run this com­pe­ti­tion. Great day, great surf, great yarns, cheers every­one!” Clarke said. He thanked the lo­cal busi­ness com­mu­nity for spon­sor­ship.

■ Re­sults from the 2019 Re­mem­ber the Days surf con­test held at Blue House on Satur­day, April 6, were Nikki Nathan 1, Daniel Bird 2, An­drew Self 3, Adam Bow­mar 4.

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Nikki Nathan is pre­sented with the ar­tic­u­lated Re­mem­ber the Days tro­phy by event or­gan­iser Wayne Clark at Tau­roa Point on Satur­day.

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