Kaikoura Cold Water Classic
Body Glove Kaikoura Cold Water Classic 2015
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The “Body Glove Kaikoura Cold Water Classic” held over Queens Birthday weekend (29th-31st of June).
Leading up to the event was one of the biggest swells to hit Kaikoura in over a decade! The roads were closed either side of Kaikoura due to 15-20ft swells pounding the roads, washing through the tunnels south of town and even pushing cars off the road.
It was a bit touch and go as to whether we’d be able to start the event on Friday due to the monster swell. A few of the lads paddled out at Kahutara on the Thursday night before the comp was scheduled to start, the waves coming through were still a solid 8ft and the levels of anticipation were peaking for what the morning was to offer up.
It was a chilly start on the Friday morning but the skies were clear and the sea was rumbling. Alex Dive and Elliot Reid suited up before leaving the house, the boys were frothing on getting in the water at first light. With the music pumping and the heater on high the boys were away, stoked on the day ahead of them. With all the excitement and hype Alex forgot to slow down upon approaching Kaikoura town and was pulled over by the local cop and stung a $80 ticket for doing 64 in a 50km. The cop didn’t believe that the boys were off for a surf at such an early hour even though they were suited up from head to toe, gloves and all.
It was fair to say the day could only get better from here on in. The time was 7:30 and location was Kahutara, the sun was rising and there was a layer of mist above the ocean. You could see steam coming off the frosted shores as the sun’s rays made first contact. The swell had certainly dropped over the night but it was still a solid 4-6 foot. Alex and Elliot were amongst the first of them in the water, they managed to sneak in a quick 15 minute session before the judges call informing all competitors that the first heat of the Men’s Open Division would start at8am.
It would be the first time in 38years of the contest running that they would run the entire Men’s Open Div in one day. It was a solid day of surfing with over 153 competitors to get through. Some of the boys surfing up to 5 heats before they made it through to the Final. It was late afternoon and the sun was starting to drop as the buzzer went to start the Men’s Final with Alex Dive, Levi O’Connor, Elliot Pareta-Reid and Taylor Hutchison.
The waves had peaked and the sets coming through were now a solid 5ft with a nice offshore wind holding them up. It was Levi O’Connor that opened of the heat with scoring the first of his 2 best waves, Alex quickly answered back with a score of his own and we watched as Elliot boosted his way into the mix with his aerial antics.
At the 20 minute mark it was Levi leading with Alex in 2nd followed by Elliot in 3rd and Taylor in 4th. With the last few sets rolling through the scores had changed as Alex pulled of an Air Reverse and nudged in front of Levi, Elliot still sitting deep waiting for his chance to pounce. With about 4 minutes to go and with Levi and Alex having caught the last waves in the set before, the arena was left wide open for Elliot to pick the wave he had been waiting for.
Elliot managed to bank a couple of turns before closing out the wave with a clean air reverse scoring him the points he needed to nudge in front of both Alex and Elliot.
As the sun began to set the beach began to clear concluding the first day of competition with some impressive surfing with waves that were nothing short of excellent.
Day 2 would see the event switch location from the right hand point break at Kahutara to the peaky A-frame at Meatworks. The swell had dropped over night to about 2/3rds of the day before, there was still a nice 3ft wave rolling in. The drop in the swell suited the groms as they were now able to showcase what they had to offer without the chance of being caught on the inside.
It was a long day of surfing ahead, we had 8 more divisions to get through and with the swell dropping quickly it was a bit touch and go as to whether we’d still have waves on offer comeSunday morning.
So without any delay, and like clockwork we rolled from one division to the other getting through as much as we could with the conditions on offer. We ended the days surfing with the final of the U17 Boys.
Sunday morning was a stunner the sun was shining and the ocean was glassy the waves had dropped yet again and we still had the finals of the Masters, Open Men’s, Jnr Women’s and the longboarding division to get through.
By about 2 O’clock that afternoon we had winners for all 9 divisions which would be announced at prize giving that night.
It’s fair to say that over the 3 days the contest ran for we went from one extreme to the other, having huge waves on the Friday to small longboard waves on the Sunday. The contest was as per usual a great event and attracted some of the best surfers from around New Zealand. A big thanks goes out to KBR and SISA for organising such a hassle free event and also a big thanks to Body Glove NZ for stepping in as the main sponsor.
Words by: Mike Chapman