- 19 January 2013 | Surfing
Jay Quinn has taken out the 2013 New Zealand Surfing Championship title, at Piha. The Gisborne surfer secured the third national victory of his career.
Quinn defeated his brother Maz in a low scoring final, held in tricky two-meter waves. Jay opened the heat with a near perfect 9.33 point ride to close the deal with a total of 13.17 points.
"I couldn't hear a thing out there, I knew it was a decent wave but it was right at the beginning of the heat and I thought I could back it up but that it is the way it goes and I couldn't", said Jay Quinn.
"I have been travelling and competing all my life. I am now happily married with a young grom and loving just surfing and not travelling at the moment. I will do some events in Australia, but apart from that I will leave it up to the young guys like Bilbo".
It is Quinn's third Open Men's Division title after winning his first in 2008 at home in Gisborne and then again two years later at Dunedin. His third title puts him one behind Maz who has won four dating back to 1996.
Mischa Davis claimed Piha's seventh title of the event in the Open Women's Division. Davis was the underdog of the final and she herself said it was ironic that she won given she now focusses on her longboard surfing.
"I guess I am not taking shortboarding so seriously anymore, it is nice to get a title in the bag but maybe a bit ironic now that I am more of a longboarder", added Davis.