Western Leader : January 13th 2012
www.aucklandnow.co.nz Friday, January 13, 2012 Does you business have a website? slide show map profile contact details www.roomoutsidelandscapes.co.nz Phone 09 837 0340 We can help you design a webpage. To find out HOW contact us NOW. If not you are missing out on Potential Customers of customers research online before making a purchase* *Source MYOB Study 2010-2011 66% Mischa makes a splash By VANITA PRASAD Mermaid: Mischa Davis likes to swim as a mermaid when she's not competing in surf competitions. Photo: VANITA PRASAD Top surfer: Mischa Davis surfing her way to first place in the women's longboard division at the first event of the 2012 Hyundai Pro Longboard Tour in Raglan last Saturday. Photo: CRAIG LEVERS MISCHA Davis enjoys swapping her longboard for a custom-made tail when she's not competing in top level surfing contests. The 23-year-old is in the women's longboard and open divisions at the 50th annual Hyundai National Surfing Championships at Piha next week. I feel happiest when I'm out there amongst the waves.'' The Piha resident has long been fascinated with mer- maids and handcrafts her own tails from wetsuit material. They incorporate free diving fins to help her swim faster. Watching surfing from underneath the water gives you a whole new understand- ing and appreciation of waves. It also helps me hold my breath when surfing in big sets because I can pretend I'm a mermaid wearing my fin.'' The law student won the women's longboading event at the first stage of the Hyundai Pro Longboard Tour in Raglan last week and is looking forward to competing in familiar waves. I've competed at nationals in Piha before and it's great being at home and having your friends and family about. I'm feeling confident for the longboard event but I'm not so sure about the shortboard -- there's a lot of talented younger girls coming through.'' She is picking neighbour Claudia Fraser, who's in the under-14 girls division, to stand out in the future. The national contest is hosted by the Lion Rock Boardriders Club. It's the eighth time the tournament has come to Piha. The week-long event will see more than 380 surfers competing over several disciplines including long- board, kneeboard and stand- up paddleboard. There will be 25 divisions with age groups ranging from under-14s to the over-60s. Lion Rock Boardriders Club member Mike Jolly says there'll be a lot of Piha surfing talent on show. Elliot Paerata-Reid will be a favourite as well as Tane and Zen Wallis in the juniors and Ryan Hawker, Anna Jolly and Mischa Davis should all do well.'' Organiser Phil Wallis says the competition will run from 7.30am to 5.30pm. The order of the events will depend on the surf but the finals will definitely be happening on Saturday.'' Mr Wallis says hosting the national championships is exciting. It's going to be a fantastic family event where everyone can stand alongside New Zealand's surfing best.'' Surfing New Zealand chief executive Greg Townsend says Piha is a fitting spot to host the 50th event. While it's not the birth place of the national cham- pionships, Piha is regarded as the first beach to see the modern surfboard ridden.'' The first national cham- pionships was held in Mount Maunganui in 1963. It was won by former Piha resident Peter Way. See P2 for more cover- age of the national surfing championships. Visit www.western leader.co.nz to watch Mischa surfing in the first stage of Hyundai Pro Longboard Tour in Raglan.
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