Korbin Hutchings

The New Wave Primary School Champs took place at Gisborne last weekend with pumping waves on offer at "The Pipe". Young local surfers dominated the event with Korbin Hutchings (Gisborne Intermediate) taking out the boys title.

The sport at this level provides an opportunity for new entrant surfers to develop their contest experience and to compete in a professionally organised surfing event with their peers. The level of each surfers ability is tested and enables them to decided whether they are ready to commit to the sport and move to the next level and compete in the Surfing New Zealand Grommet Series.

Surf ranged from 1.0m – 1.5m with excellent but challenging conditions for New Zealand’s best young surfers.

Hutchings was impressive all weekend winning every heat before taking out the final. Likewise Milly Crewe (Waimauku School) was unstoppable in the Girls Division winning every heat through to the final where she eventually beat Britt Kindred (Waimauku School) on a ‘count back’.

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Alan Stokes

The Animal team cleaned up the top spots of the UK Pro Surf tour in Newquay at the weekend.

Alan Stokes claimed the overall men's open title and Gwen Spurlock became overall women's open champion too. This is a great finish for Gwen who has taken home the Welsh Junior and British Junior title already this year.

After the stormy conditions provided by Mother Nature on day one, meaning the event was moved to Towan beach, the competition returned to Fistral. Day two saw a challenging chunky 6ft swell and a strong cross-shore SSW wind testing the competitors. On the beach each heat of the day was watched closely by the onlookers to find out who would win overall.

Stokesy secured the UK Pro Surf Tour title defeating rivals Tom Butler and Reubyn Ash in the semi finals despite a strong performance from Tom Butler throughout each of the rounds. Alan kept on top with some solid scores getting a 7.5 and 8.33 in the semis to clinch the title and take the championship title home on solid form.

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Surfing Australia's office in Coolangatta

A large gathering of surfing dignitaries from all over Australia enjoyed the official opening of Surfing Australia’s new headquarters at Coolangatta on the Gold Coast. Formerly based in northern NSW at Casuarina Beach, Surfing Australia’s move to Coolangatta was motivated by the need to better position itself in a surf and business related area.

“This move strategically positions Surfing Australia in a more business orientated environment for our commercialisation process.” said Surfing Australia’s Chief Executive Officer Andrew Stark. “Nationally and Internationally the Gold Coast is recognized as surfing’s heartland” added Stark

“This year’s Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Men’s World Champion will be a Gold Coaster whether it be Mick Fanning or Joel Parkinson and there’s every chance Gold Coast’s Stephanie Gilmore will successfully defend her ASP Women’s title as well and it’s essential that Surfing Australia is well established in this perfect business and cultural environment.”

Surfing Australia’s High Performance Training Centre will appropriately stay at the Casuarina Office utilising the wide variety of surf breaks on the Tweed Coastline along with the outstanding training facilities in the Casuarina Precinct while the head office in Coolangatta caters for the ten full time staff attached to Surfing Australia.

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