The Club Title took on some extra meaning at the 2021 National Championships this year. There was a sense of team unity among many of the clubs present. Club tents and flags were out in force with heaps of support from teammates across the seven days.
We received multiple messages and emails to make sure everyone was surfing for the correct club – such was the desire for clubs to claim the title.
Gisborne Boardriders Club came out on top in a close battle, only separated by one or two results from their closest rivals – Point Boardriders of Raglan, hosts Lion Rock Boardriders and Bay Boardriders of Mount Maunganui.
Gisborne’s performance hinged on the title of Saffi Vette in the Open Women’s Division which was backed up by brother Finn in the Under 18 Boys Division, John Gisby in the Seniors (Over 60s) and Daniel Procter in the Lonbgboard. The club had a total of seven titles across their participating members.
Here are the provisional standings:
1 Gisborne Boardriders 6600
2 Bay Boardriders 6495
3 Point Boardriders 6465
4 Lion Rock Boardriders 6165
5 North Wai Boardriders 6128
6 North Coast Boardriders 5370
7 New Plymouth Surf Riders 5265
8 Whangamata Boardriders 4875
9 Orewa Longboard Club 4080
10 South Coast Boardriders 4028
11 Oakura Boardriders 3361
12 Maori Bay Boardriders 2970
13 Keyhole Boardriders 2663
14 Hawkes Bay Boardriders 2445
15 Point Surf Team 2295
16 Piha Boardriders 2123
17 Northside Boardriders 2100
18 Ocean Beach Boardriders 1748
19 Waihi Boardriders 1290
20 Opunake Boardriders 1095
Team points were awarded as follows – 1x Open Men, 1x Open Women, 1x junior (male or female), 1x senior (male or female), 1x any other result.
Full results from the 2021 National Surfing Championships can be viewed here.
Action from the final day can be viewed here in full.
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Author: Ben Kennings