Mount surfers finish surf series in style
Mount Maunganui surfers have found success in the final event of the New Zealand Surf Series at Piha Beach.
Two young surfers from the Mount picked up the wins in the Under-16 section of the Grom Series.
However, one youngster came up just short in his pursuit of the Under-18 title.
Tao Mouldey continues his dominance in the Under-16 Boys category, picking up a seventh win of the season to celebrate his series win in style.
Mouldey also picked up the Volkswagen x Skinnies Wave of the Day in the final of the Under 16 Boys Division with the 13-year-old smashing a big opening turn linking the wave through to the inside with a spicy finish that even he felt worthy of a claim.
Scoring 9.0 points, it was the highest single wave score of the day.
Meanwhile, Anna Brock claims the Under-16 Girls Division with a challenging final that saw the lead change several times before the Mount Maunganui surfer clinched the win with a 5.73 point ride for an 11.3 point heat total.
Asia Braithwaite held the early lead in the final after opening up with a 5.0 point ride but was pushed back to third at the hands of Brock and local surfer Leia Millar who scored a 4.33 point ride on her last wave to finish second overall. The youngest of the Brock sisters, Sophia finished the final in fourth overall.
Whilst Mouldey, who also won the Under-14 Boys Series, and Brock enjoyed success in their categories, Mount Maunganui Under-18 Boys challenger Jack Hinton came up just short.
Going into the final event his season long battle with Finn Vette saw the Gisborne rider take the win.
Hinton exited at the semi-final stage leaving Vette with a clear run to take the event and overall series win.
The Grom Series was followed by the New Zealand Super 16 to see out the New Zealand Surf Series.
A maiden victory from local surfer Dune Kennings in front of a vociferous Piha crowd has closed out competition with Whangamata’s Ella Williams joining him on the podium for the final event of the year, Williams using the event as a final competitive outing before the focus switches to the Olympics in Tokyo.
Taylor Hutchison and Henderson had already secured the Men’s and Women’s Open Series win.