Change of venue pays off


A last-minute change of location did not deter competitors in the Otago Surfing Championships at the weekend.
The event was hosted by the South Coast Boardriders Association at Blackhead Beach.
Due to more favourable conditions at Blackhead, the surfers switched venues from St Clair Beach on Saturday and Sunday.
Boardriders association president Duan Reardon was pleased with the days’ events, saying there had been high level of surfing on display.
“There was quality surfing, especially from the young gromits, as the surf was a decent size,” Reardon said.
Sixty surfers had competed and some had entered more than one grade, he said.
Standouts from the competition included Lewis Murphy (9), Ruben Peyroux (16) and JC Susan, all of Dunedin.
Murphy won the under 12s and Peyroux stood up to win two grades, the under 16s and under 18s.
Peyroux also impressed in the Open Men’s grade in which he qualified for the finals.
In the open men’s grade JC Susan backed up from his win in the same event last year beating Elliott Brown for first place.
Haley Coakes won in the open women’s grade.
The popularity of surfing was shown in a marked increase in entries, and many competitors took part in several events, Reardon said.
“It was a big couple of days. Last year, we were all finished after 11 hours and this year we had 17 hours of surfing,” he said.
The surf was decent and Sunday was the pick of the two days, he said.
“On the Saturday it was a little bit small but for Sunday the surf was pumping.”
South Coast Boardriders club is sending a team of 12 surfers to Westport this weekend, to compete in the first round of the South Island circuit.