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Double to McDiarmid at Boardriders Club Junior Series opener
10th February 2023 The Gisborne Herald Fraser Ruru
The inaugural Gisborne Boardriders Club Junior Series kicked off in pristine conditions on Saturday.
The first of three rounds was held at the Whales/Okitu break.
The three-to-four foot waves brought the best out of the young surfers who competed over four age-group categories ranging from under-12s to u18s.
Lucy McDiarmid won the u16 and u18 girls' age groups with Bonnie Lynch second in both.
Flynn McGregor took the top spot in the u18 boys while Shea Ferguson showed impressive form in winning the u16 boys' division.
Ollie Tong won the u14 boys' title, Madeline Smith the u12 girls and Jaxon Pardoe the u12 boys' division.
“Saturday saw solid waves punching through Whales,” event organiser and Gisborne Boardriders Club rep Flo Bub said.
“All competitors were fearless and performed to a high level. Stoke levels were off the charts.”
Round 2 of the series is on March 18 and Round 3 is on April 15.
Meanwhile, East Coast locals have been enjoying the opportunity to learn how to or develop their surfing skills through a partnership between GBC and Ngāti Porou Boardriders.
The East Coast — Surf for Life Project has involved installing shipping containers at different parts of the Coast.
The containers are filled with surfing gear for young locals to use with the aim of improving their skills and making the most of some of the best surf conditions in New Zealand.
Containers are already in full use at Waipiro Bay and Wharekahika/Hicks Bay and a third was recently installed at Tokomaru Bay United Sports Club.
A ceremony was held to bless the container and its contents.
All up, the containers house 20 boards and more than 60 wetsuits for use by the local communities, Bub said.
“We have been running programmes on weekends for the past three years.
GBC has been running weekend surf noho along the Coast for people to further develop their water skills.
The most recent was at Wharekahika last weekend.
Organisers are introducing a surfer rescue course to this year's programme.
U18 girls: Lucy McDiarmid 1; Bonnie Lynch 2; Te Waiouru Fairlie 3.
U18 boys: Flynn McGregor 1; Turirangi Houia 2; Roku Gordon 3; Hunter Lynch 4.
U16 girls: Lucy McDiarmid 1; Bonnie Lynch 2; Te Waiotu Fairlie; 3.
U16 boys: Shea Ferguson 1; Nikau Anderson 2; Jet Dalton 3; Hunter Lynch 4.
U14 boys: Ollie Tong 1; Jaxon Pardoe 2; Archie Alder 3; Oska Gunness 4.
U12 girls: Madeline Smith 1; Nell Adler 2.
U12 boys: Jaxon Pardoe 1, Archie Alder 2; Felix Tong 3; Tobias Smith 4; Carlos Peterson 5.