Billy Stairmand: an experience Kiwi surfer

Billy Stairmand smashed a 30-year-old record at the 2017 New Zealand National Surfing Championships.

The surfer from Raglan secured his sixth title in the Open Men's division. The finals got underway in solid six-foot surf at Piha Beach, near Auckland.

Stairmand, the most successful surfer in the history of New Zealand, defeated Taylor Hutchison, Elliott Brown, and Elliot Paerata Reid in the decisive heat.

"I had a rough time last year on several fronts, so I am hoping that this win is a sign of things to come and I am sure my mom was looking over me today when I got that first wave," expressed Billy Stairmand, a proud member of the Raglan Point Boardriders.

Stairmand broke a record held by Iain Buchanan, who last won the last of his fifth national surfing title back in 1987. Wayne Parkes had also previously won five consecutive titles from 1966 to 1970.

In the Open Women's category, Ella Williams managed to overcome Gabriella Sansom, Bianca Sansom, and Britt Kindred and celebrated her second national surfing title.

"I am so happy to defend the title this year, we have had some hard conditions throughout the week, but the waves were good today, and I enjoyed being pushed by all the Kiwi girls who continue to improve year after year," added Williams.

The 2017 New Zealand National Surfing Championships attracted up to 250 surfers, and crowned champions across 12 divisions.

2017 New Zealand National Surfing Championships | Champions

Billy Stairmand (Open Men)
Ella Williams (Open Women)
Jonas Tawharu (Under 18 Boys)
Caleb Cutmore (Under 16 Boys)
Saffi Vette (Under 18 Girls)
Saffi Vette (Under 16 Girls)
Chris Malone (Over 28)
Chris Malone (Over 35)
Marc Moore (Over 40)
Phill Willoughby (Over 45 Men)
David Mann (Over 50)
Stella Smith (Women's SUP)