Jay Quinn: ruling New Zealand

Jay Quinn has conquered the Power Balance Pro at Mount Maunganui, in New Zealand. The surfer from Gisborne has taken three out of four SOL Series events and is fast becoming the most dominant surfer in New Zealand. Quinn blasting his opponents by scoring 16.37 out of a possible 20 points in the final against Alex Dive, Luke Hughes and Buck Woods.

The win follows his first victory of the season at home in Gisborne back, in November, before winning the National Championships held at Dunedin, in January and then placing an agonising runner up at the most recent event in Whangamata two weeks ago, a final he had won, until the last 40 seconds. Quinn extends his lead on the SOL Series beyond 2400 points which is a massive lead that will take a miracle to bridge by any of his fellow surfers.

"It's a crazy but definitely a good start to the year, hopefully I can continue this form through to the international events this year. If you could find the right waves out there it was fun surf. For the Mount it was good - especially for two days straight", said Quinn.

Local surfer and a stand out all weekend, Alex Dive placed second in the final to secure his best result at this level. Dive, a double finalist and winner of the Under 20 Men's Division, scored 14.57 in the final and was the only surfer within one scoring ride of Quinn but still required a 9.0 point ride to take the win.

Raglan surfer Luke Hughes battled it out with double finalist Buck Woods for third place but got the nod scoring 10.80 to Woods' 9.67.

Sarah Mason made it two wins in two weeks after taking out the Women's Division with a staggering 15.67 point heat total. The young 15 year old surfer has stunned the New Zealand surfing community after returning from Australia with her family at the start of the year.

"I wasn't certain of winning when I came back to New Zealand but I really wanted to try and do my best in the events here and I am stoked to win both of the ones I have entered so far" said Mason. "I got some good waves and was able to get some good scores in the final" she added in reference to her 8.50 and 7.17 point rides". The Mason family now have three titles between them after older sister Airini Mason won the National Championships in January.

Open Men's Final
Jay Quinn (Gis), 16.37, 1, Alex Dive (Mnt), 14.57, 2, Luke Hughes (Rag), 10.80, 3, Buck Woods (Gis), 9.67

Open Women's Final
Sarah Mason (Gis), 15.67, 1, Ella Williams (Whmata), 10.30, 2, Jessica Santorik (Rag), 10.0, 3, Jayda Martin-Fitzharris (Gis), 5.5, 4

Under 20 Men's Final
Alex Dive (Mnt), 11.68, 1, Buck Woods (Gis), 10.12, 2, Robert Courian (Mnt), 9.90, 3, Mackenzie Christie (Tau), 6.20, 4