Westport delivers yet another day of sunshine and waves in the 2-3 foot range for Day 3 of the 2022 New Zealand Surfing Championships.
With temperatures soaring and favourable wave conditions most of the day the event extended into the early evening to get through the required heats. Standouts include local ripper Jai Earnshaw who is relaxing into his contest flow at the nationals, posting the highest wave score with a 9.43 thanks to two top-to-bottom bangers in his age-group heat.
Levi Stewart continues to be the silent achiever with Caleb Cutmore taking to the air to signal his intention to get his hands on the cup. Both of them will have to het through Billy Stairmand who is not shy in showing what he learnt this year in his QS, Challenger Series and Olympic campaigns. He’s on a whole other level and it will take some magic to deny him title number nine. New arrivals include Spencer Rowson who just keeps turning heads.
In the women’s Paige Hareb looks determined to claim her first ever New Zealand title despite a slew of young surfers nipping at her heels. Like Billy, she was masterful in her quarterfinal match-up today.