- 07 April 2014 | Surfing
Thomas Kibblewhite conquered the 2014 New Zealand Longboard Open, at Papamoa Domain, Mount Maunganui, in three-foot surf conditions.
Kibblewhite claimed the Men's Longboard final with a 16.8 point heat total, clear of second placed surfer Zen Wallis by 1.8 points.
He started the final blazing a perfect right hander to jump out into the lead scoring an 8.8 point ride.
In the final stages of the final, he went on to complete three big forehand turns on a larger set wave to score another 8.0 point ride, and secure a final that never looked in doubt.
Wallis tried valiantly to catch up but could not match the world-class performance of Kibblewhite, Wallis still ending with a respectable 15.0 point heat total.
Double finalist Daniel Kereopa placed third in the final opting to surf the left-hander up the beach and finished with a 13.3 point heat total ahead of the top ranking local surfer, and fellow double finalist Craig Anderson who scored 9.57 points.
Kibbelwhite's win is his fifth straight at a national level, the Red Beach surfer having not been beaten in New Zealand waters in over twelve months.
The Women's final was the closest of the day with Mischa Davis making a late comeback to snatch the victory off Papamoa surfer Kelsi Efford.
Both surfers, traditional in style, were split by 0.17 points. With the swell pulsing on the outgoing tide, it was the tactical option of Davis that eventually paid off as she hunted her scores on the left-hander compared with Efford who stayed on the rights in front of the event site.
Placing third in the final was Alexis Poulter narrowly finishing behind the first two place getters on 10.30 points with Hannah Kibblewhite in fourth.
2014 New Zealand Longboard Open Results:
Men's Longboard Final
1. Thomas Kibblewhite (Auck), 16.8
2. Zen Wallis (Piha), 15
3. Daniel Kereopa (Rag), 13.3
4. Craig Anderson, 9.57
Women's Longboard Final
1. Mischa Davis (Oratia), 11.5
2. Kelsi Efford (Mnt), 11.3
3. Alexis Poulter (Rag), 10.3
4. Hannah Howard (Auck), 7.6
Junior Longboard Final
1. William Barnes (Mnt), 10.7
2. Ahren Watene-Jones (Waihi), 8.83
3. Taylor Griffin (Mnt), 4.9
4. Tanera Tamanui (Tolaga Bay), 4.33