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AN EPIC DAY

24th October 2019 The Gisborne Herald

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Photo: Guy Burns. Pictures by Don Pearson.

A classy field enjoyed clean one-to-two-foot conditions at Makorori’s Red Bus break.

The field for the Sunshine Brewery and Far East Coffee Co-sponsored event was stacked with multiple national titleholders.

A feature was the return of Daniel Procter and Tauranga surfing artist Daryn McBride to local competition.

In seeing who he was up against in the open modern division final, Procter reckoned winning this comp would be harder than winning the nationals. Procter ended up third while another former national champion, Kelly Ryan, claimed his second event win.

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Dan Croskery completed the podium in second.

In the log division, Guy Burns made it consecutive wins and leads the overall ratings after three of four events. McBride was second and Ryan third.

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The contest attracted several of the best local female surfers.

Alice Kranenburg won the best female surfer award for the day and was also named the MVV (Most Valuable Volunteer).

“It was a super fun Sunday . . . first time pulling on a jersey and won’t be the last.”

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Ryan’s two podiums earned him the best male surfer honours.

The competition had a strong family atmosphere and concluded with a feast of vegetarian burgers and a few brews.

“It was an epic day,” said Burns. “Big thanks to the team for all the hard work. I think the competitors and families who attended will ride the stoke of that event for weeks to come.”

The final event of the circuit is on Sunday, December 8.

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