The national surfing championships are underway at Piha beach in Auckland and three Māori surfers are tipped to score big at this years event. Ben Kennings told Māori Television that “It's NZ's most prestigious event, it covers everyone from the U14s through to the over 60s so you get a lot of families competing. You also get all the top guys, so a lot of the good guys like Billy Stairman and what have you come back from overseas and compete at the event which is really important.” And
“All the top guys are looking to get into the NZ teams whether that's the junior team which competes towards the end of the year, the Open team which goes to France in May or the SUP team which goes to Norway in September, just looking at all the surfers throughout the week and seeing how they're going.”
The ones to watch are up and comers Jonas Tawharu, Lee Ririrnui and Kaye Horner! Watch this space and we’ll be sure to let you know how they went!
Pull quotes: Māori Television