Billy Stairmand: the New Zealand record of five titles that is held by Auckland surfers Wayne Parkes and Iain Buchanan | Photo: Mark Stevenson

Billy Stairmand has done it again. The surfer from Raglan claimed his third consecutive national title at the 2016 Billabong National Surfing Championships, held at Clair Beach, Dunedin, in New Zealand.

Despite the onshore breeze, the event's finals got underway, and Stairmand rapidly took control of the decisive clash. Billy rode two waves in the excellent range - a 9.13 and a 9.03 - and won his fifth national trophy.

"Starting the year off with a win is always good and to have my name on that trophy with all those amazing surfers like Al Byrne, Wayne Parkes, Iain Buchanan, Maz and Jay Quinn is crazy. I am stoked to win any day, but Nationals is always amazing," explained Stairmand.

"Hughesy kept me on my feet at the start. He is my shaper, and I couldn't let him win, but he started off with two eight-point rides, and I knew I had to step it up. The waves just kept on pumping and pumping."

Billy Stairmand equalled the New Zealand record of five titles that is held by Auckland surfers Wayne Parkes and Iain Buchanan. Will he set a new record in Kiwi surfing?

In the Open Women's division, Ella Williams celebrated her maiden victory in the New Zealand surfing nationals. She says it's a dream come true.

"I have dreamed of getting that title since I was seven years old. Ever since I have been going in comps, I have wanted to get my hands on this trophy. It has always been a tough challenge with the good surfers coming through, so to get finally it caps off a great week," added Williams.

"It was pumping today. It was good to have such good waves for a comp; we all got a good opportunity, and luckily it was a 30-minute final for me, and that gave me time to secure the win, but congrats to the girls they were all surfing well."

2016 Billabong National New Zealand Surfing Championships | Finals

Men
1. Billy Stairmand (Rag), 18.17
2. Luke Hughes (Rag), 16.40
3. Maz Quinn (Gis), 13.57
4. JC Susan (Dun), 8.17

Women
1. Ella Williams (Whmata), 13.5
2. Kea Smith (Mnt), 11.1
3. Elin Tawahru (Mnt), 8.2
4. Bianca Sansom (Auck), 7.37

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