Mount Maunganui’s Bay Boardriders Defend Title

Mount Maunganui’s Bay Boardriders have defended their title at the 2024 Hurley New Zealand Boardrider Club Championships presented by Volkswagen held at Whangamata in a come-from-behind effort on Sunday (14th April).

Their performance earns the club the right to represent New Zealand at the Usher Cup World Club Challenge being held on the Gold Coast in January 2025.

In an epic day of surfing contested in a building 1.5m – 2.0m swell and perfect offshore winds, Bay Boardriders found themselves trailing frontrunners Keyhole Boardriders going into the all-important tag team division on the final day.  Despite playing catch up, the talent-laden team went about their work in the teams event progressing through to the final and holding on for a well-deserved win.

“This means a lot to our club” said captain Owen Barnes.  “We went to the Usher Cup this year and got a taste of that event, competing with clubs from around the world and we wanted to come here this weekend and defend our title against some tough competition and we did that.  Now we get to give the international stage another shot next year,” he added.

“This win is much more than the five surfers standing up here.  The win is supported by all those club members that came up to Whangamata this weekend to support the team and to all those that put in the effort in the background to keep our club on the top of our game,” said Barnes.

The Bay Boardriders Team posted a 32.87 point heat total in the tag team final exiting the water with just under four minutes to go.  That left two teams within striking distance of the win and a chance to knock the defending champions off their perch as the clock ran down.

First time participants Tairua Boardriders stunned the field on the way to the final and were left requiring a 7.4 point ride for the win but came up short and the young team had to settle for a respectable runner up finish.

2022 campions Point Boardriders from Raglan needed a 5.85 point ride for the win on their final wave but also came up short as the swell built and made life tough for each team’s final surfer.  The score proved too much for Point Boardriders and they finished in third place ahead of host team Whangamata who had the wheels fall off in the final after a big day of action and they finished in fourth place unable to make it back to the team tents before the final hooter sounded.

Earlier in the day it was Piha’s Keyhole Boardriders that set the pace winning the Open Men’s and Women’s Divisions courtesy of Elliot Paerata – Reid and Leia Millar.  However they took a shock exit in the semifinals of the tag team to dash their title hopes.

Whangamata claimed the Over 40 Men’s Division through Jos Kennings and Bay Boardriders picked up their sole individual title thanks to Tai Murphy in the Under 18 Boys.

Elliot Parata – Reid claimed his second straight Volkswagen Highest Heat Score Award with another perfect ten point ride in the first round of the tag team.

Full results from the 2024 Hurley New Zealand Boardrider Club Championships presented by Volkswagen can be viewed here –

Team Standings
1, Bay Boardriders, 7628
2, Tairua Boardriders, 6615
3, Point Boardriders, 6245
4, Keyhole Boardriders, 6230
5, Whangamata Boardriders, 5795
6, Oakura Boardriders, 5530
7, Waihi Beach Boardriders, 5343
8, North Coast Boardriders, 4933
9, Lion Rock Boardriders, 4610
10, Maori Bay Boardriders, 4591

Further Information
For further information on the 2024 Hurley New Zealand Club Championships presented by Volkswagen, please contact Surfing New Zealand’s Ben Kennings on 021 2278732 or email

High resolution action images of the surfing at the event will be available to media free of charge.

Generous support from Hurley, Volkswagen and Trillian Trust has made the event possible.

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Author: Ben Kennings