City surfers among winners at S.I. Surfing Championship

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Winning form . . . Senior women's surfing champion Hayley Coakes, of Dunedin, competes in the South Island Surfing Championship in Dunedin at the weekend. PHOTO: PHOTOMARKSTEVENSON.COM

Dunedin surfers were among the winners in the South Island Surfing Championship.

The championship was hosted by the South Coast Boardriders Association at St Clair Beach over three days at the weekend.

Association president Duan Reardon said there were 190 entries from about 100 South and North Island surfers.

“The competition is definitely growing.

“We had to run two arenas for the three days just to get it done, whereas normally we could get it done in one arena.”

The championship, sponsored by Emerson’s Brewery, is held in Dunedin every Easter and is now part of the New Zealand Surf Series.

“The first two days were good but the surf was smaller.

“For the finals the weather was not as good but the surf was better – it was bigger.

“It’s not the best conditions we’ve had but it was still definitely contestable.”

Zen Wallis, of Piha, retained the open men’s title, and 17-year-old Estella Hungerford, of Christchurch, won the open women’s division.

Reardon was “stoked” with the results from Dunedin surfers.

Local winners included Josh Thickpenny in the men’s 30-plus division; Hayley Coakes in the senior women’s division; Elliott Brown in the under-20 boys’ division; Shani Ayson in the under-20 girls’ division; and Misha Peyroux in the under-14 girls’ division.