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Beaming Smiles and Titles at Gisborne Complete a Fun Weekend

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Four newly minted champions were crowned at the Sticky Johnson Primary School Championships presented by Skullcandy today (Sunday 2nd October).  Amongst the titles were a stack of happy groms as they finished their round robin heats before heading into the knockout portion of the event.

Held at Gisborne’s Midway Beach, the surf eased from the first day with a solid 1.0m swell on offer.  A cool southerly tried to dampen proceedings but the best young surfers in the country had a blast.

Titles were evenly dispersed with Raglan, Mount Maunganui, Gisborne and Mahia all claiming titles.  Mount Maunganui’s Bay Boardriders defended their title as the top club.

In the Year 7 and 8 Boys Division, it was Indica Corcoran that surfed to a last-minute win with a 13.50 point heat total.

“That’s my first title at this event, it feels unbelievable, it doesn’t even feel real at all” said a gleaming Indica Corcoran.

“It’s just something that has been on my bucket-list ever since, like seven years ago, this was the first event that I ever did so ever since then, that’s when my dream to win this started” added Corcoran.

It was a 6.0 point ride that sealed the win with Corcoran needing a 5.51 on his final wave to take top spot.  With the onshore winds, Corcoran couldn’t even hear the scores and admitted to the some nerves in the dying stages.

“I couldn’t hear the scores and I saw everyone getting good scores and I got nervous so I had to hunt it out, then I got that buzzer beater at the end and it was a six or something and then I heard when I came in that I won and I was just like wow” said Corcoran.

It was fellow Mount surfer Sol Fritchley that dropped back to second in the final after surfing to the highest single wave score of 8.50 early in the heat.  However, he was a good wave short and finished on 13.50.

Kaikoura’s Sonny Lyons finished in third ahead of Remy Sale (Mnt) in fourth.

Raglan’s Alani Morse surfed to her third Sticky Johnson Primary School Championships presented by Skullcandy title this weekend.  Morse won the Year 7&8 Girls Division with the highest heat score of the day – 13.90 points out of 20.

Morse started the final well with a 7.5 before falling behind eventual runner up Lola Groube (Pau).  However, it was a late backhand wave that netted Morse 6.40 to jump back in the lead and win the heat.

“Pretty stoked, got a couple of nice scores and pulled through, yeah I am psyching” commented Morse.

“You know, the worst conditions bring out the better surfers and all the girls in the final were ripping, I was getting stressed out at one point and I didn’t know if I was holding it down, so I just had to surf as good as possible until the final hooter” added Morse.

Piha’s Poppy Arkle finished the final in third place scoring 7.30 ahead of Whagarei’s Indi – Lee Ruddell.

Local Gisborne surfer Archie Alder stormed out of nowhere to claim the Year 6 and Below Boys Division.  Alder rallied to the cheers from family and friends on the sand dunes surfing to a 9.57 point heat total.  Round-robin standout Beau Broadhurst couldn’t find the form that saw him win his prior four heats and he had to settle for second place on 8.53 points.  Gisborne claimed another finalist in Harry McFarlane who finished third ahead of Haru Marsden (Mnt) in fourth.

Mahia surfer Celia Martin took out the Year 6 and Below Girls Division with superb style in the final surfing to a 9.67 point heat total.  Martin battled her way from second into first midway through the final leap frogging Megan Luke (WGM).  Luke held the lead early finishing with an 8.70 point heat total ahead of Millie Dyck (Mnt) and Riley Miskell (Ohope) in third and fourth respectively.

Full results from the Sticky Johnson Primary School Championships presented by Skullcandy completed at Midway Beach, Gisborne (Sunday 2nd October) can be viewed here. Below are results from the finals including the round robin standings.

Year 7&8 Boys Division Final
Indica Corcoran (Mnt), 13.50, 1, Sol Fritchley (Mnt), 13.0, 2, Sonny Lyons (7.63, 3, Remy Sale (Mnt), 7.20, 4.

Year 7&8 Boys Division Final
Alani Morse (Rag), 13.90, 1, Lola Groube (Pau), 10.57, 2, Poppy Arkle (Piha), 7.30, 3, Indi-Lee Ruddell (Whngrei), 7.30, 4

Year 6 and Below Boys Division Final
Archie Alder (Gis), 9.57, 1, Beau Broadhurst (Ohope), 8.53, 2, Harry McFarlane (Gis), 7.53, 3, Haru Marsden (Mnt), 4.64, 4

Year 6 and Below Girls Division Final
Celia Martin (Ohope), 9.67, 1, Megan Luke (WGM), 8.70, 2, Millie Dyck (Mnt), 6.03, 3, Riley Miskell (Ohope), 4.47, 4.

Year 7&8 Boys
Jesse Frazerhurst (Auck), 30

Sonny Lyons (Kaik), 27

Sol Fritchley (Mnt), 27

Indica Corcoran (Mnt), 27

Remy Sale (Mnt), 27

Taj Phillips (Ahipara), 24

Zak Becroft (Auck), 24

Zen Mouldey (Mnt), 24

Zeke Pregert (Piha), 24

Kentaro Mitchell (Ahipara), 21

Cade John Carr n(Tara), 21

Van Camenzind (Rag), 21

Noah Ramsbottom (Mnt), 18

Jack Higgins (Dun), 18

Kobi walker (Whngrei), 15

Theo Denton (Auck), 15

Flint Sherborne France (Dun), 13

Kiedis Baskerville (Auck), 13

Keo Morrison (Dun), 13

Beau Rogers (WGM), 11

Olli Jacobs (Mnt), 10

Luca Thompson (Rag), 10

Levi Devine-Collins, 10

Benjamin Dixon (Tara), 10

Copal Mateja (Rag), 8

Luca Tong (Gis), 8

Caden Watts (Tara), 8

Oska Gunness (Gis), 5

Charlie Holdsworth (Gis), 5

Charlie Hartstone (Mnt), 5

Nalutowa (Mah), 3

Charlie Castles (Gis), 3

Neko dalton (Gis), 0

Vitor Kokemper (Mnt), 0

Year 6 and Below Boys
1, Beau Broadhurst (Ohope), 30

2, Archie Alder (Gis), 30

3, Harry McFarlane (Gis), 30

4, Levi James Gruebner (Whngrei), 30

5, Zion Aldridge (Tara), 27

6, Cam Webster (Ohope), 27

7, Lennox Lindsay (Whngrei), 24

8, Haru Marsden (Mnt), 24

9, Joel Becroft (Tara), 21

10, London Cockerill (Tara), 18

11, Jaxon Pardoe (Gis), 15

12, Sailor Bisman (Mnt), 13

13, Liukou (Mahia), 13

14, Fergus Fletcher (Mnt), 13

15, Dusty Borlase (Whngrei), 12

16, Solomon Ryan (Auck), 12

17, Johnny Elsmore, 11

18, Ziggy Mouldey (Mnt), 10

19, Kash Baskerville (Auck), 10

20, Tobias Smith (Gis), 9

21, Haven Sawyer (Thames), 8

22, Keenan Hoiles (Mnt), 8

23, Archie Thompson (Bay), 8

24, Toby Dryden, 7

25, Waylon Lynch (Gis), 5

26, Billy Broadhurst (Mnt), 4

27, Sando Millar Dal Bosco (WGM), 4

28, Kileau (Mahia), 3

Year 7&8 Girls
1, Lola Groube (Pau), 30

2, Alani Morse (Orewa), 30

3, Poppy Arkle (Piha), 27

4, Indi-Lee Ruddell (Whngrei), 24

5, Leila Te Amorangi Steward (Waihi Bch), 21

6, Ruby Milne (WGM), 18

7, Ruby Becroft (Piha), 15

8, Ella Rose- Luke (WGM), 12

9, Izzy Evans (Mnt), 10

10, Isla McKay (Whngrei), 8

11, Madeline Tod (Mnt), 0

Year 6 and Below Girls
1, Millie Dyck (Mnt), 30

2, Megan Luke (WGM), 27

3, Riley Miskell (Ohope), 24

4, Celia Martin, 18

5, Jade Nias Phillips (Kaitaia), 15

6, Piper Stubbs, 9

7, Paige Burrows, 7

8, Sieni Ryan (Piha), 5

9, Mackenzie Burrows, 4

For more information on the event please contact Ben Kennings on 021 2278732 or email benkennings@surfingnz.co.nz.


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