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Hutchison and Hungerford Claim South Island Titles

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11 April 2023

From:    Surfing New Zealand
Sport:    Surfing
Event:   Te Kaika South Island Surfing Championships
Dates:   7-9 April 2023
Location: St Clair, Dunedin
Websites: Surfing New Zealand and SISA

Hutchison and Hungerford Claim South Island Titles

Raglan surfer Taylor Hutchison, has claimed his first win for the season.  The committed regular foot surfer won the Te Kaika South Island Surfing Championships held at St Clair Beach and Blackhead, Dunedin over Easter Weekend.

Hutchison joined Christchurch’s Estella Hungerford who won her second event of the year in the Open Women’s Division after winning the Women’s Longboard division at the National Championships at Piha in January.

The final day of the event was held in pumping 1.0m waves and light breezes at Blackhead beach.

Hutchison claimed the win after standout performances throughout the event. His first wave of the final gave him a comfortable lead against an in-form Jarred Hancox, Jack Hinton, and Max De Groot. With all the boys keeping busy it was Hutchisons third wave that sealed the deal scoring a 7.77 leaving his competition scratching for at least 9 points to knock him from the top spot.

Hutchison pipped Hancox who, himself, was in line for another Open Mens South Island victory.  Hancox finished in second posting a 11.90-point heat total compared with Hutchison’s 15.44 points, Hancox later got redemption in the senior divisions with a win in the Over 40s. Jack Hinton finished in third on 11.40 points ahead of Max de Groot in fourth.

Estella Hungerford battled her way to a win in the Open Women’s Division.  Hungerford took out the final with a 13-point heat total.

Hungerford took the win over Hayley Pascoe who finished with a 9.87 point heat total.  Jaya Reardon finished in third ahead of Pia Rogers (WGM) in fourth.

Titles in the senior divisions went to Luke Murphy, Jarrod Hancox and Simon Brennan in the Over 30s, 40s and 45s. Hayley Pascoe won the Over 30 Women’s Division.

The longboard finals went Christchurch surfers Jack Tyro and Donna Henderson. Whilst Gisiele Summerton took out the bodyboard division.

Participants in the junior divisions thoroughly enjoyed the fun conditions throughout the weekend and made the most of the final day.  Jack Tyro (Chch) claimed the Under 18 Boys Division while Theo Morse (Rag) won the Under 16 division. Sol Fritchley (Mnt) came away with the win in the Under 14 Boys Divisions.  Kalani Summerton won the Under 12 Boys Division.

Anna Brock (Mount) backed up her stellar start to the year with a win in the Under 18 Girls Division. The unstoppable Alani Morse claimed the Under 16 Girls and Under 14 Girls Division while Zara Owen won the Under 12 Division.

The three-day event is hosted by South Coast Boardriders and is dual sanctioned by Surfing New Zealand and the South Island Surfing Association.  The event features 17 divisions ranging from Open Men and Women through to Under 12 Boys and Girls, Longboard, Seniors and Bodyboard.

The Te Kaika South Island Surfing Championships is the fourth of six events on the 2023 New Zealand Surf Series for the men and fifth for the women.  See below for remaining events:

22-24 – Exit Surf Men’s Canterbury Champs.  NZ Surf Series Event 5 (SNZ2000)
13-14 Backdoor King and Queen, Raglan.  NZ Surf Series Event 6 (SNZ3000)

The event is also part of the New Zealand Grom Series and the New Zealand Longboard Series.

Please head to Liveheats for full results from the 2023 Te Kaika South Island Surfing Championships held at St Clair Beach and Blackhead, Dunedin from the 7-9th April 2023.

For more information on the Te Kaika South Island Surfing Championships please contact Ben Kennings on 021 2278732 or email benkennings@surfingnz.co.nz.

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