Longboard comp full of fun and action for Gisborne Boardriders
8th February 2022 The Gisborne Herald Jack Malcolm
Gisborne Boardriders Club members got together last weekend for their annual club gathering longboard competition.
With blue skies and beautiful waves on tap, surfers from around the region descended on Midway's Pipe for a day of fun but competitive action.
Former national champion Daniel Procter shone in the open division, beating club president Dan Croskery and old mal division winner Geordie Sawyer in a competitive final.
Guatemala-born Lili Porres took home the title in the women's division, fending off a defiant Simi Bub, who finished in second place.
Kelly Geiseler walked away $200 richer after he was awarded first place in the novelty division for his 6.2-second headstand during which he sped down the face of a wave to the delight of onlookers on the beach, Gisborne Boardriders surfing development officer Flo Bub said.
“It was a beautiful day,” he said.
“We ran all morning with perfect onshore conditions.”
Several top competitors were out of town for the long weekend, but Bub said it was a “stacked” final.
“It's probably harder to win a club comp in Gisborne than at nats.”
Bub said the day also acted as a fantastic appetiser for the club's national Gathering of Stoke longboard competition, which is scheduled for Easter weekend.
Open men: Daniel Procter 1, Dan Croskery 2, Sam Johnson 3, Geordie Sawyer 4.
Women: Lili Porres 1, Simi Bub 2.
Old mal: Geordie Sawyer 1, Kelly Geiseler 2, Dan Croskery 3, Andy McCulloch 4.
Headstand: Kelly Geiseler 1, Dan Croskery 2, George Busby 3.