The rescheduled 2015 Coast Papamoa Beach New Zealand Longboard and SUP Open takes place at Papamoa Beach this weekend (11th – 12th April) after having been postponed earlier in the year due to a lack of swell.
The event will bring together longboard and stand up paddleboard surfers from around New Zealand eyeing wins across the eight divisions contested over the two days.
This is the second year the Open has been held with the 2014 event experiencing phenomenal conditions at Papamoa Beach.
This year the swell is forecast to be small but contestable with light offshore winds.
The small conditions will suit the newly added Amazon Surf Logger Division which caters for traditional single fin longboards. The logger division has been included as an expression session in past events but the increased interest in the division now warrants its own division where heats will be contested through to a final.
The ‘logger’ is joined by the more familiar divisions of Men’s and Womens, Over 40s, Over 50s and the SUP Surf and SUP Race.
Coast Papamoa Beach has come on board as the title sponsor of the event through until 2016 adding to the existing family of event sponsors. The new partnership will help promote the event further as the premier New Zealand Longboard and Stand Up Paddleboard event.
Coast Papamoa Beach director Steve Short says it is a fantastic event for surfing and for Papamoa.
“We are proud to be associated with the event and, as a surfer myself, I will be taking a keen interest in the competition.”
“To have the New Zealand Longboard and Stand Up Paddleboard Open on our doorstep is great for the local community and provides another reason for those who live outside the area to visit our slice of paradise,” he says.
Coast Papamoa Beach is a beachside master-planned development in early Papamoa, spanning 24 hectares.
Please see below for defending champions in each of the nine divisions contested in 2014.
Men’s Longboard – Thomas Kibblewhite (Auck)
Women’s Longboard – Mischa Davis (Piha)
Over 40 Men’s – Daryn McBride (Mnt)
Over 50 Men’s – Grant Cochrane (Chch)
Logger Division – Ambrose McNeill (Chch)
Men’s SUP Surf – Shane Baxter (Chch)
Women’s SUP Surf – Annabel Anderson (Qtown)
Men’s SUP King of the Waves – Armie Armstrong (Rag)
Women’s SUP King of the Waves – Annabel Anderson (Qtown)
For further information on the 2015 Coast Papamoa Beach New Zealand Longboard and SUP Open please contact Surfing New Zealand’s Ben Kennings on 021 2278732 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
High resolution action images of the surfing at the event will be available to media free of charge courtesy of Surf2Surf.com.
The Surfing New Zealand event hotline is 0211134506. This will be updated daily at approximately 7am with venue, divisions contested and conditions for the day.
Generous support from Coast Papamoa Beach, Body Glove, The Sound, Amazon Surf, Wine2U, Starboard, Creatures, Future Fins, UE Boom, Surf2Surf.com, Super Liquor Papamoa, Papamoa Top Ten Holiday Park and Mount Surf Shop have made this event possible.
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