Billy Stairmand claims 2014 New Zealand National title

19th Jan 2014

Raglan surfer and Hughes Surfboards teamrider Billy Stairmand has emerged victorious at the 2014 Surfing New Zealand National Titles held in Gisborne, winning the Open Men's division for the third time (also 2010 and 2012).

With the massive weather system rolling through the Gisborne region overnight, a move up the coast to Kaiaua Bay just north of Tologa Bay was required to finish the event.  The primary venue of Makorori was too big to surf and severely affected by strong southwest winds.

Stairmand, in what many described as the ultimate final, finished with a 15.07 point heat total leaving his opponents needing near perfect rides to match him.


Billy on fire during the 2014 Nationals - Photo : Cory Scott, NZ Surfing Mag
 

“I am stoked, I always get good results down here for some reason, there are always waves and heaps of the boys live down here so I like coming down” said Stairmand as he exited the water.

It was Stairmand’s third title having won in Gisborne in 2010 and again in Piha in 2012.  “The first time I won the Nationals was in Gisborne so to get my third here is pretty sweet” he added.

Stairmand adjusted best to the difficult 1.0m – 1.5m beach break conditions opting to surf in a left hand rip-bowl that allowed him to unleash his potent backhand attack.

“I saw this left out there all day and went out there and tried to get as many waves as possible, I almost got 15 waves and there were a couple of good ones in there.  I mean Makorori was 16ft today so it was good to come around here and surf some fun little waves.  Everyone has to surf the same conditions, I was frothing no matter what cos I was keen to win so yeah, I am real happy” said Stairmand.
 

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Stairmand chosing to utalize his fierce backhand to take his 3rd Open Men's title - Photo : Col, surf2surf.com
 

Placing second in the final was the underdog Bobby Hansen (Gis) who scored 11.50 points out of a possible 20.  Hansen led early in the 30 minute final but could not match Stairmand by the end of the heat.

“That lead at the start was fake really, because I didn’t have a real good scoring ride and Billy got a couple at the end and that’s the way it goes, that’s competition” said Hansen.  

“It is definitely a missed opportunity, it is a good result but it is a disappointing result as well” he added of the missed opportunity to win his first title.  

Placing third in the final was Maz Quinn (Gis) who sat on the same peak as Stairmand for much of the final.  Maz could not connect more than two of his brutal backhand turns which limited his chances of challenging Stairmand for the win and a record equalling fifth national title.  Maz finished with a 10.70 point heat total ahead of defending champion and younger brother Jay Quinn in fourth on 10.27.

By way of Stairmand’s result, Point Boardriders of Raglan placed third in the Interclub Championship with Grace Spiers helping Whangamata Boardriders to runner up.  However it was the overall consistency of hosts Gisborne Boardriders that won out, the club taking the newly resurrected trophy.

 

Source : Surfing NZ
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