Maz Quinn (Gis) claimed his first national series event in three years today (Sunday 26th October) after clinching the final of the Backdoor BayBash in the dying minutes over two local Hawkes Bay surfers.
The surf remained small and below the 1.0m mark throughout the day. The light winds and good banks made the waves contestable throughout the tides at Waimarama Beach.
Quinn started out the final in top form posting a 7.33 point ride. However as many finals performances pan out after good starts, Quinn waited on a second scoring ride to secure the win for longer than he anticipated.
The wait pushed into the final five minutes as local surfer Ben Hazelwood took the lead and fellow local Jeremy Evans pushed for the lead also. Quinn continued to wait and it paid off eventually with two minutes remaining when Quinn latched on to a good little right-hander and completed two of his patented forehand wraps to post another 7.30 point ride and secure the win.
“I haven’t won a national event since 2012 so it is good to get a win here this weekend” said Quinn who had not surfed in the Hawkes Bay until this weekend.
“I live two hours away from here and I haven’t been down surfing here before so it is good that the comp was held in a different location and that everyone gets to go and see a new part of New Zealand” added Quinn who commended the local guys for their efforts in the final particularly Ben Hazelwood who had the lead until what Quinn described as “scratching out the score I needed.”
Hazelwood was eventually pushed back to second with an 11.37 point heat total, still satisfied with the result and beating his mate Jeremy Evans who finished on 10.90 points.
“We never really get any big names coming down to the Hawkes Bay so for him to come down and to be able to surf against him is big, it’s cool” said Hazelwood in reference to Quinn entering the event.
“Plus it is one in the back pocket for me beating Jezza, you always take those when you beat ‘Pig Evans’” added Hazelwood of taking down his good mate. “Hopefully there will be some better waves and warm weather next year and we can see more of the top guys come down to the event and have some fun.”
Bianca Sansom (Auck) claimed the Open Women’s Division in a close final where she battled with double finalist Kea Smith for the win. Sansom finished with an 11.27 point heat total and went one better than her runner up placing in the Under 20 Girls Division. Smith finished with a 9.63 point heat total and could not find the right wave to unleash her powerful forehand attack. Placing third was Abby Falwasser – Logan (Gis) ahead of Gabriella Sansom (Auck) in fourth.
The closest final of the day went to the Under 20 Boys Division where a countback was required to deny Kehu Butler (Mnt) of claiming his third title of the day. Taranaki surfer Daniel Farr finished on level pegging with Butler but his 5.40 point highest scoring ride bettered that of Butler on 5.33. Taylor Hutchison (Rag) placed third in the final for the second time in the day with Joshua Farr (Tara) finishing in fourth.
Contesting three divisions throughout the weekend, Jasmine Smith (Gis) found her form in the Under 20 Girls Division with a win. Smith held off the Sansom sisters of Auckland in the final with a 10.03 point heat total. This time around it was Bianca who got one over Gabriella in the final with Milly Crewe (Tara) placing fourth.
Kehu Butler (Mnt) took his second convincing victory in the Under 17 Boys Division. Looking unstoppable in the final, Butler raced across the small right-handers with ease to amass a 16.10 point heat total. The race for runner up was tight with all three of Butler’s opponents battling it out. It was double finalist Joshua Farr (Tara) that edged out Taylor Hutchison (Rag) for second with Jonas Tawharu (Mnt) in fourth.
Dayna Story’s day-one form continued into the finals with a win in the Under 17 Girls Division. Looking hungry from the outset, Story (Gis) accumulated good scores with her aggressive approach to the right-handers. Story finished with a 12.67 point heat total for her second consecutive win this month. Kea Smith (Mnt) and Jasmine Smith (Gis) placed second equal with Kea getting the nod on a count-back, Jasmine finishing in third and Raiha Ensor (Mnt) in fourth.
Kehu Butler claimed the first of his two wins in the Under 14 Boys Division with an easy victory over his opponents. His biggest challenge came from Mount Maunganui surfer Lee Ririnui who looked impressive all final finishing with a 13.7 point heat total but it was no match for Butlers 16 point heat total. Dylan Preston (WGM) finished third in the final locking in one good ride but coming up short on his second ride to challenge Butler and Ririnui. Hamilton surfer Caleb Cutmore finished in fourth place.
The Backdoor BayBash is an extension of the successful Backdoor GromBash event that has been held at Raglan for the past two years. The event is the final national event of the year for all competitors.
The Backdoor BayBash marks the first nationally rated Open Men’s and Women’s event held in the region. The event allows the region’s top surfers the chance to compete against the best in New Zealand without having to travel, giving them a good competitive advantage.
Please see below for final results from the Backdoor BayBash completed at Waimarama Beach, Hawkes Bay today Sunday 26th October.
Open Men’s Division Semifinals
Jeremy Evans (Hbay), 13.7, 1, Ben Kennings (Whmata), 9.33, 2, Taylor Hutchison, 9.13, 3, Bronson Primmer (Hbay), 7.53, 4
Maz Quinn (Gis), 17.8, 1, Ben Hazelwood (Hbay), 11.2, 2, Manu Scott Arrieta (Sandy Bay), 9.2, 3, Harrison Whiteside (ChCh), 8.43, 4
Open Men’s Final
Maz Quinn (Gis), 14.67, 1, Ben Hazelwood (Hbay), 11.37, 2, Jeremy Evans (Hbay), 10.90, 3, Ben Kennings (Whmata), 8.1, 4
Under 20 Boys Semifinals
Daniel Farr (Tara), 12.7, 1, Kehu Butler (Arataki), 11.9, 2, Andrew Fraser – MacKenzie (Tau), 8.83, 3,
Joshua Farr (Tara), 10.3, 1, Taylor Hutchison (Rag), 9.17, 2, Jonas Tawharu (Mnt), 8.83, 3
Under 20 Boys Final
Daniel Farr (Tara), 10.50, 1, Kehu Butler (Arataki), 10.50, 2, Taylor Hutchison (Rag), 9.87, 3, Joshua Farr (Tara), 8.17, 4
Under 17 Boys Semifinals
Joshua Farr (Tara), 12.43, 1, Kehu Butler (Arataki), 11.43, 2, Callum Chuter (Tau), 10.43, 3, Andrew Fraser-Mackenzie (Tau), 8.43, 4
Taylor Hutchison (Rag), 12.87, 1, Jonas Tawharu (Mnt), 12.17, 2, Daniel Farr (Tara), 11.17, 3, Dylan Preston (Whmata), 8.63, 4
Under 17 Boys Final
Kehu Butler (Arataki), 16.10, 1, Joshua Farr (Tara), 12.37, 2, Taylor Hutchison (Rag), 11.13, 3, Jonas Tawharu (Mnt), 10.90, 4
Under 14 Boys Semifinals
Dylan Preston (Whmata), 14, 1, Lee Ririnui (Mnt), 11.5, 2, Jack McLaren (Mnt), 7.37, 3, William Van Der Beek (Mnt), 6.9, 4
Kehu Butler (Arataki), 14.8, 1, Caleb Cutmore (Ham), 9.3, 2, Jared Gebert (Ohope), 9.23, 3, James Ririnui (Mnt), 6.37, 4
Under 14 Boys Final
Kehu Butler (Arataki), 16.8, 1, Lee Ririnui (Mnt), 13.7, 2, Dylan Preston (Whmata), 9.53, 3, Caleb Cutmore (Ham), 5.57, 4
Open Women’s Semifinal
Gabriella Sansom (Auck), 11.83, 1, Kea Smith (Mnt), 11.23, 2, Dayna Story (Gis), 6.13, 3, Milly Crewe (Mur), 3.83, 4
Bianca Sansom (Auck), 11.17, 1, Abby Falwasser-Logan (Gis), 7.8, 2, Claudia Fraser (Piha), 7.77, 3, Elin Tawahru (Mnt), 7.53, 4
Open Women’s Final
Bianca Sansom (Auck), 11.27, 1, Kea Smith (Mnt), 9.63, 2, Abby Falwasser-Logan (Gis), 6.53, 3, Gabriella Sansom (Auck), 2.27, 4
Under 20 Girls Semifinals
Bianca Sansom (Auck), 10.8, 1, Milly Crewe (Muri), 7.77, 2, Abby Falwasser Logan, 7.37, 3
Gabriella Sansom (Auck), 13, 1, Jasmine Smith (Gis), 12.2, 2, Kea Smith (Mnt), 8.17, 3
Under 20 Girls Finals
Jasmine Smith (Gis), 10.03, 1, Bianca Sansom (Auck), 9.63, 2, Gabriella Sansom (Auck), 7.33, 3, Milly Crewe (Muri) 3.37, 4
Under 17 Girls Semifinals
Dayna Story (Gis), 13, 1, Raiha Ensor (Mnt), 10, 2, Milly Crewe (Muri), 7.93, 3
Kea Smith (Arataki), 11.3, 1, Jasmine Smith (Gis), 10.4, 2, Claudia Fraser (Auck), 9.57, 3
Under 17 Girls Final
Dayna Story (Gis), 12.67, 1, Kea Smith (Arataki), 9.23, 2, Jasmine Smith (Gis), 9.23, 3, Raiha Ensor (Mnt), 7.67, 4
For more information on the Backdoor BayBash please contact Ben Kennings on 021 2278732 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively contact Backdoor via Geoff Hutchison – email@example.com.