Western Leader : January 24th 2012
www.westernleader.co.nz 31 WESTERN LEADER, JANUARY 24, 2012 SPORT Flawless display gives Billy title Wave rider: Young surfer Elliott Paerata-Reid rides the waves at Piha last week. Photo: CRAIG LEVERS/PHOTOCPL Piha performace: Billy Stairmand on his way to winning the men's open division title at Piha. Photo: ELLA BROCKELSBY/PHOTOSPORT New champion: Thandi Durham-Tipene addresses the crowd at Piha. Photo: ELLA BROCKELSBY/ PHOTOSPORT Congratulations: Thandi Durham-Tipene gets a peck on the cheek as she comes out of the Piha surf. Photo: ELLA BROCKELSBY/ PHOTOSPORT Hugs galore, below: Billy Stairmand is congratulated after winning the final round of the men's open division. Photo: ELLA BROCKELSBY/PHOTOSPORT Top effort, left: West Aucklander Mischa Davis finished second in the women's open division. Photo: CRAIG LEVERS/PHOTOCPL The man who defeated 11-time world champion Kelly Slater at a surfing event in Australia last year is now a two-time New Zealand national champion. Raglan's Billy Stair- mand won the men's open division title after a flawless display in the final at Piha on Saturday. The 22-year-old scored 17.10 points with his impeccable backhand surfing on the lefthand waves of the Piha bar. He won his first national title in 2010. It is good to start the year winning a national title. I am going overseas soon so it is good for my confidence and every- thing like that but at the moment, a national title, I can't believe it,'' he says. Gisborne's Chris Malone finished second with 9.5 points. Taranaki surfer Thandi Durham-Tipene won her first women's open division title with a 9.43 total, but it was close. Piha's Mischa Davis was in front for most of the final and finished with 8.6 but Durham- Tipene scored a 5.40 on her last wave to pip Mischa at the buzzer. Other Piha surfers had success on the final day with Tane Wallis win- ning the under-18 men's division ahead of Elliott Paerata-Reid who also finished second in the under-16 boy's division. Anna Jolly won the women's longboard final, Garry Pike took out the over 50s legends event and Maiya Thompson claimed the women's bodyboard title.
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