Maz Quinn Wins
Body Glove get 1st and 2nd at The Whale Watch Kaikoura Surf Classic, held over the Queen’s Birthday weekend in pristine conditions at Meatworks, Kaikoura.
Maz Quinn Wins, The event is the last stop of the South Island Circuit and had the best competitive surfers in the south chasing valuable points to solidify their end of year results. Also in the mix were surfers from Mount Maunganui, Raglan, Taranaki, Bay of Plenty, Auckland, South Africa and Brazil, resulting in over 80 entries across nine divisions.
The surf was flat the day before the event with almost blizzard like conditions greeting the competitors at registration the night before the event. Luckily, the storm passed and left three days of glassy 1.0m – 1.5m peaks with fresh snow on the Kaikoura Ranges as the backdrop.
The main event of weekend was the Open Men’s Division. In true surf contest fashion three days of windless conditions were broken by a cheeky side-shore wind leaving the surfers scrambling to find the best waves.
In fourth was one of stand outs from the last two years and winner of the Senior Men’s Division this year, South African ex-pat Matt Daniel now currently residing in Taranaki. Third place went to defending event champion Cody Mc’Cusker from Kaiapoi, Christchurch.
Second place went to local favourite Levi O’Conner, the highest placed South Island surfer in the event. O’Conner’s result gave him enough points to win his maiden Open Men’s South Island Circuit title.
First place was Maz Quinn (Gis), his patented brand of beyond vertical power hacks in the most critical parts of the wave left the judges with no option other than to score him in the excellent 8-10 point range on almost every wave he caught, not only in the final but over the whole course of the event.