Jay Quinn wins 2011 New Zealand National Surfing Championships

January 16, 2011 | Surfing
Jay Quinn: he has a rival brother

Jay Quinn has been crowned New Zealand's national surfing champion for the second time, at St. Clair Beach.

Quinn stopped his brother Maz from taking the fifth trophy, with an incredible surfing performance in 0.5m waves. The new champion posted a near perfect 18.0 point heat score out of 20.

Quinn takes the first two events of the SOL Series gaining a big lead over the remaining surfers.

"I guess it was kind of an unknown mid way through the heat because we had no scores, everyone had waves but no one knew where they were sitting" said Quinn.

"I knew I had one goo wave, I just had to wait for scores and then get another good one."

Jay remains undefeated and he has an explanation for this top form.

"I guess I am older and more relaxed. I am just feeling good, I have my weight down to a good level and I am trying to focus on competing well and getting higher ratings than I first started more competitive career."

The rivalry between the two brothers is strong and not too many words were spoken after the final.

New Zealand's highest ranked surfer at 65th in the world, Richard Christie took to the air on several waves to match Quinn but came up short with a 16.53 point heat total finishing in second place. Maz Quinn finished with a 14.07 point heat total.

"Yeah, pretty much sucks being first loser. I tried my best, but I couldn't get the best waves, stoked for Jay though", said Christie.

Morehu Roberts placed fourth in the final after incurring an interference on the first wave of the heat.

Airini Mason had a sweet return to the competitive scene and also won her second national surfing title. "It was definitely a big one, winning the title this time around", said Mason.

"I was an overwhelmed 13 year old last time, it was good to show that I can win it again."

One of the most celebrated wins of the day came with Thomas Kibblewhite finally winning an event at national level.

Kibblewhite has been one of the most consistent longboarders in New Zealand, however the two times New Zealand representative has been unable to win an event over the last five years.

"You wouldn't believe it, it's been three years of bridesmaid finishes for me, I am absolutely stoked, the last five years has been tough not being able to win an event, I am so stoked", said Kibblewhite

The Hyundai National Surfing Championships are the second of six events on the 2010/11 SOL Series.

Open Men's Final
Jay Quinn (Gis), 18, 1, Richard Christie (Mahia), 16.5, 2, Maz Quinn (Gis), 14.1, 3, Morehu Roberts (Rag), 11.6, 4

Men's Longboard Final
Thomas Kibblewhite (Auck), 14.83, 1, Matt Cockayne (Mngwhai), 11.07, 2, Kelly Ryan (Gis), 10.6, 3, Cale Tolley (Mnt), 10.3, 4

Women's Longboard
Hannah Joynt (Dun), 11.17, 1, Daisy Thomas (ChCh), 8.1, 2, Hannah Howard (Auck), 4.97, 3, Shelly Jones (Auck), 4.27, 4

Open Women's Final
Airini Mason (Gis), 15.4, 1, Ella Williams (Whmata), 14.9, 2, Jessica Santorik (Rag), 12.7, 3, Hayley Coakes (Dun), 8, 4

Kneeboard Final
Maicom Diack (Dun), 8.27, 1, Kelvin Weir (Opunake), 7.63, 2, Murray Weir (Opunake), 7.13, 3, Phil Miller (Auck), 5.23, 4

Stand Up Paddleboard
Daniel Kereopa (Rag), 15.3, 1, Sean Hovell (Gis), 13.9, 2, Shayne Baxter (ChCh), 12.3, 3, Arnie Armstrong (Rag), 10.3, 4

Stand Up Paddleboard Race
Jeremy Stephenson (Auck), 1, Mike Stewart (Qtown), 2, Daniel Kereopa (Rag), 3, Sean Hovell (Gis), 4