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Surfers rise to Logger Head challenge

13 Feb 2017 09:32 am

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Mangawhai surfer Bassie Waldron clinched his second Logger Heads title in the Junior Logger Division.
Record numbers and hot conditions set the tone for the fourth Logger Heads surf event held at Mangawhai Heads on January 28.

Waves were only up to one metre high, but over 50 surfers made an appearance from as far away as Sydney and Mount Maunganui, alongside a strong field of competitors from Mangawhai Heads.

The event hosted four categories with Open Logger Division, Old Mal Division, Women’s Logger Division and Junior Logger Division.

A record 36 surfers competed in the Open Logger Division including event organiser Tony Baker, who reached the semi-finals. Other locals who performed well were Rhys Whittaker, of Waipu, and Glen Johnson, of Mangawhai Heads.

The final proved a close contest between defending champion from Auckland Trent Lillis and Kai Ellis-Flint, of Sydney.

“Both surfers managed to find perfect little runners, but it was Ellis-Flint who claimed the final with a fin first reverse take off, added to some exceptional nose rides earlier in the heat,” Tony says.

Trent Lillis proved too good against 12 other hopefuls winning the Old Mal Division for pre-1970 longboards, for the third consecutive year. The Junior Logger Division was a battle between Mangawhai Heads surfer Bassie Waldron and Auckland competitor Matt Newdick.

“In the final, both surfers locked in excellent waves, but Waldron showed excellent local knowledge, picking off the best waves and claiming his second Junior Division win at the Logger Heads.”

Meanwhile Joseph Critchfield, of Mangawhai Heads, and Freddie Gibbins, of Waipu, picked up fourth and fifth place. Nicky Wellington, of Auckland, won the Women’s Logger Division while Mangawhai Heads surfer Jess Costello came fourth.

The event raised over $700 which will go to the Mangawhai Heads Volunteer Lifeguard Service.
           

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