Manoa Drollet: too easy for a Tahitian

Big wave charger Manoa Drollet claimed the Shortboard division of The Ultimate Waterman 2015, held in perfect two-meter barreling waves at an isolated beach in the northern Coromandel, New Zealand.

Eight surfers got the most out of Cyclone Pam in a two-hour heat. The Tahitian only needed 30 minutes to score a 9.00 point ride for a perfect right-hand tube. Later, and with an extra 8.5 wave, Drollet stole the competition.

"I had a great day out there; I am just stoked to win a division. The barrels today were so fun, and all the guys got some great waves. I am just happy to be here in New Zealand with all the guys, thanks for having me," expressed Drollet.

The waka ama discipline of The Ultimate Waterman was clinched by Danny Ching, which means the American and Drollet lead the pack after two of six disciplines contested.

Four more divisions are yet to be contested - stand up paddleboard surfing, longboarding, big wave surfing and stand up paddleboard racing.

The Ultimate Waterman 2015 | 2/6 Rankings

1. Danny Ching (USA), 2,528
1. Manoa Drollet (TAH), 2,528
3. Mark Visser (AUS), 2,275
4. Georges Cronsteadt (TAH), 2,170
5. Kai Lenny (HAW), 1,400
6. Connor Baxter (HAW), 1,285
7. Daniel Kereopa (NZL), 1,253
8. Kala Alexander (HAW), 1,033