From one coast to the other! April 21, 2009 by Braedon Williams

The journey all started at 6.00pm on Wednesday the 15th as me and my Dad departed Whangamata heading towards Hamilton. There I was meet by O`Neill team manager Scotty Bell. We were heading towards Raglan in hope of a good groundswell and offshore winds. By this point it was 8.00pm and we were starving so a quick Maccas drivethrough was in order – Hunger Busters were getting ordered like they were on a one week special.

We arrived at Raglan just before 9.00pm knowing that we had an early morning start we hit the beds! 5.30am Thursday the 16th we woke to an inconsistent two foot swell pushing through the points not what we were hoping for – the reports had predicted a four to five foot swell – guttered!

We ended up getting a hold of a boat to zip up the coast in which was epic! We loaded up the boat and started our journey up the coast but it didn’t end up being much of a journey cause the surf was crap the whole way up the coast! We stumbled upon a little right hand sand bank. We waxed up and got out there. After 15mins of surfing we all voted it was shet! Back on the boat and back to Raglan for a big feed at the Raglan bakery! It was definitly the highlight of the day so far!

Braedons blog from the South April 6, 2009 by Braedon Williams

An early start on the 24th of March as I flew out of Auckland airport down to Christchurch! We ended up getting in around 11.00 so we picked up the hire cars yew! Had some sick 4×4s infact two of them..epic!

We had to wait around for another two hours for the other boys to fly in. 30 mins later we get a txt from one of our mates down in Dunedin – it was cranking! We were horrified we had to stand around for another hour and wait for the rest of the crew! We ended up getting into Dunedin late that night but not too late for a quick surf! As we all enterd the water we all realized what we wer in for..really f@king cold water! Haha it was painfull getting in because of the cold it actually hurt your feet and hands! Here we go the duck dive! We never really get ice cream headaches in the North Island in winter so when we were all in Dunedin we all got our fair share! It was worth it though we got some really good waves!

We pretty much got up before the sun every morning in search of waves. There are so many spots around Dunedin that pump – you just have to be prepaed to travel to them! I don’t want to give too much away before the article comes out in the next Kiwi Surf mag so I’m going to leave it at that! But all the ice cream headaches and painfull hands and feet when you hit the water were all soo verry worth it!! Check out the next Kiwi Surf and that will give you the rest of the run down! You will here from me again verry soon! Hope ya getting waves!!

Update from Braedon in Whangamata March 23, 2009 by Braedon Williams

Hey guys!

Been a while since I have updated you on what I have been up to so I will fill you in! On the 14th and 15th of March Whangamata hosted the 5th event of the Hyundai longboard tour. Whangamata found itself with all of the top longboarders from all around New Zealand for the weekend.

Woke up early Saturday morning for a surf before the comp cause I needed to get as much practice in on a longboard as I could since im used to riding a short board haha. The conditions were not as bad as every one had thought it was going to be. It was a good head high on the sets and some good fun waves. It was easterly winds so was abit choppy and the odd shower coming through.

I was entered in the Open Men and the Under 18 Men. I ended up getting knocked out in my first heat in the under 18 men but got through to my quarter final in the open men which I was really stoked with!

On the 24th of this month Im of to Dunedin for just over a week so I hope to score some good waves! I will let you guys know how I get on! Yeeew bring on the 4/3 and booties!!

Braedon Williams

Update on the Billabong Pro from Braedon Williams March 9, 2009 by Braedon Williams

Hey every one!

We just had the Billabong Pro held in Whangamata in the weekend from Friday till the Sunday. There was a solid South East swell pushing through at 4meters! So they decided to hold it out the bar since it wasn’t as out of control as the beach. There were still some good sized ones a good four foot and a lot more contestable than the beach.

They held the Open Round One and Two on the Friday I was ceded in to round two so I didn’t have to surf for a phew hours. My heat came along and I ended up getting two sixers and got 2nd to Sean Pegs so I’m through to round 3! Saturday up early for a quick surf before the comp. In my under 20s heat I had billy Starmand from Raglan and Sean Pegs from Tairua. I ended up getting 3rd in that was such a hard heat I only needed a 5 or a 6 to get through but that’s the way contests go some times ae!

That arvo I had my Open Round Three I was surfing against Sam Willis, Keonie Cambell and Matty Groube. It was a real tight heat with only a point or two seperating 4th from 1st I ended up getting 4th in that heat but I was stoked to get to round three!

So yea I did alright in the Open but not too well in the under 20s o’well, we have the longboard comp on here this weekend so hope we have some swell! I will let you guys know how I get on!



Back To The Beach Breaks March 7, 2009 by Braedon Williams

Surfers at the Billabong Pro being held at Whangamata today (Saturday) had to revert back to beach break conditions after the first day of the event was held on the long lefts of Whangamata Bar. The top seeds entered the water on day two and current Corona Crown Series leader Rangi Ormond (WGM) remained on track to hold down pole position as did seven out of the eight top seeds at the event.

The surf dropped markedly on day two of the event with the waves remaining in the 1.0m range with light winds all day.

Leon Santorik chimed into the action today with some sublime form joining day one stand out and fellow Raglan surfer Mike Banks moving through to the quarterfinals today. Santorik fired off a series of big turns on several waves to notch up his most commanding performance of the Corona Crown Series this year. Posting a 16.85 point total heat score, Santorik accumulated the highest heat score of the day in the Open Men’s Division.

“I haven’t had any form since last year” reflect Santorik who could not put the change in fortune down to anything specific “I just saw a little rip and sat in where there were a few good waves and it paid off”.

Santorik posted single wave scores of 9.0 and 7.85 in his heat to easily win and progress through to the quarterfinals alongside local surfer Dan Scott (WGM) who together eliminated Jarred Hancox (Tara) and Haami Martin (Rag).

Santorik will face current Corona Crown Series leader and big local hope Gauranga Ormond in the next round as well as Bodhi Whitaker (Gis) and Matt Groube (Pauanui). “Yeah I am looking forward to tomorrow for sure. I owe Bodhi one but Rangi will be the one to beat given the comp is being held in front of his house”.

Ormond made easy work of his match up today defeating the three Mount Maunganui surfers in his heat. Ormond posted a 14.50 total heat score as one of the standouts of the day.

“It was real fun” chirped Ormond who was unfazed by the three ‘Mounties’ in his heat “it was all good, I got two good scores at the start and I think everyone was in it for themselves out there. Timmy (O’Connor) is a good mate so he wouldn’t do that” said Ormond in reference to the Mount surfers potentially ganging up on him.

This is the only event of the year that Ormond gets to compete at while staying at home and thinks that it is a definite advantage “Well it is easy, you do everything at home, you are more settled and fell comfortable both in and out of the water”.

Ormond was one of seven top seeds that moved through to the quarterfinals in first place on what became a predictable day of surfing that included wins from Blair Stewart (Gis), Bobby Hansen (Gis), Maz Quinn (Gis) Billy Stairmand and Mike Banks (Rag).

Keone Campbell (Tara) was another standout winning his heat with a 15.50 total heat score. “One out of three heats I surfed was alright today and that was my open heat but I lost the others” commented Campbell. “I will take the win in the open, this is the last six-star event so I am hoping to stay in the top twelve” said Campbell in reference to direct qualification into the Corona Super 16.

As Campbell mentioned, his fortunes were not the same in the Under 20 Men’s Division where he lost his quarterfinal match up late in the day. Campbell was in good company with top seed and current ratings leader Tim O’Connor (Mnt) losing in the same heat. Other top seeds to lose included winner of the last event Billy Stairmand (Rag) and Bodhi Whitaker (Gis).

Zen Wallis (Piha), Matt Hewitt (Mnt) and Billy Stairmand (Rag) surfed the match up of the round with all three surfers pushing the limits to move through to the final eight surfers. Wallis won the heat posting 14.5 points in his heat to win and progress alongside Matt Hewitt (Mnt) who together eliminated Stairmand and Blake Myers (WGM).

Early in the day the Open Women’s Division got to contest the solid morning waves. Jessica Santorik (Rag) continued her domination of the division opting to surf up the beach on the bigger lefthanders that pulled in a total heat score of 14.50. She now meets up with Mischa Davis (Piha) and Laura Rishworth (Mnt) in the first semfinal.

The second semifinal is a match up of young blood with Alexis Poulter (Rag), Rosa Thompson (Auck) and Grace Spiers (WGM).

Early in the day Tim O’Connor took the lead in the Pacific Blue Highest Heat Score Award after posting 17.25 in his second round Under 20 Men’s Division. O’Connor posted scores of 9.90 and 7.35 to amass the score. He only has 13 heats left in the event to defend his huge heat total.

The Billabong Pro is the fifth of six events on the 2008/09 Corona Crown Series. The series wraps on at Piha on the 4th – 5th of April with the Corona Super 16.

Please see below for results from day two of the Billabong Pro being held at Whangamata Beach this weekend 6-8 March.

Open Men Round 3
Heat 1
Blair Stewart (Gis), 1, Bodhi Whitaker (Gis), 2, Sean Peggs (Tairua), 3, Luke Hughes (Rag), 4
Heat 2
Keone Campbell (Tara), 1, Matt Groube (Cor), 2, Sam Willis (Mnt), 3, Braedon Williams (Whmata), 4
Heat 3
Leon Santorik (Rag), 1, Dan Scott (Whmata), 2, Jarrod Hancox (Tara), 3, Haami Martin (Taharoa), 4
Heat 4
Gauranga Ormond (Whmata), 1, Tim O’Connor (Mnt), 2, Nick White (Mnt), 3, Mark Dovey (Mnt), 4
Heat 5
Maz Quinn (Gis), 1, Zennor Wernham (Rag), 2, Tane Wallis (Piha), 3, Buck Woods (Gis), 4
Heat 6
Billy Stairmand (Rag), 1, Simon Deken (Tara), 2, Paco Divers (Sandy Bay), 3, Nathan Welch (Gis), 4
Heat 7
Bobby Hansen (Gis), 1, Kierin Van Der Helder (Rag), 2, Ben Kennings (Whmata), 3, Zen Wallis (Piha), 4
Heat 8
Mike Banks (Rag), 1, AJ Matthews (Whmata), 2, Matt Hewitt (Mnt), 3, Jay Quinn (Gis), N/S

Under 20 Men Round 1
Heat 1
Charlie Denniston (Mast), 1, Dune Kennings (Whmata), 2, Waretini Wano (Piha), N/S
Heat 2
Jimmy Thomas (Rag), 1, Ryder Jones (Tairua), 2, Karl Timewell (Whmata), 3
Heat 3
Todd Doyle (Mnt), 1, Ben Bennett (Dun), 2, Wiremu Campbell, 3
Heat 4
Kieran Pullman (Sandy Bay), 1, Subarn Linklater (Auck), 2, Fintan Cram (Whmata), 3

Under 20 Men Round 2
Heat 1
Billy Stairmand (Rag), 1, Sean Peggs (Tairua), 2, Braedon Williams (Whmata), 3, Charlie Denniston (Mast), 4
Heat 2
Zen Wallis (Piha), 1, Keone Campbell (Tara), 2, Fraser Chatham (Whmata), 3, Dune Kennings (Whmata), 4
Heat 3
Tane Wallis (Piha), 1, Blake Myers (Whmata), 2, Travis McCoy (Mnt), 3, Jimmy Thomas (Rag), 4
Heat 4
Tim O’Connor (Mnt), 1, Matt Hewitt (Mnt), 2, Jacob Kohn (Gis), 3, Ryder Jones (Tairua), 4
Heat 5
Ryan Hawker (Piha), 1, Buck Woods (Gis), 2, Todd Doyle (Mnt), 3, Michael Mallalieu (Tara), 0
Heat 6
Tim Thompson (Auck), 1, Ben Bennett (Dun), 2, Haami Martin (Taharoa), 3, Ben Poulter (Rag), 4
Heat 7
Alex Dive (Mnt), 1, Ryan Heath (Whmata), 2, Johnny Hicks (Gis), 3, Kieran Pullman (Sandy Bay), 4
Heat 8
Bodhi Whitaker (Gis), 1, Paco Divers (Sandy Bay), 2, Tyler Anderson (Tara), 3, Subarn Linklater (Auck), 4

Open Women Round 1
Heat 1
Rosa Thompson (Auck), 1, Laura Rishworth (Mnt), 2, Kara Stephenson (Rag), 3, India Wray- Murane (Rag), N/S
Heat 2
Jessica Santorik (Rag), 1, Mischa Davis (Auck), 2, Jenna Malloy (Piha), 3, Rachel von Zalinski (Auck), 4
Heat 3
Alexis Poulter (Rag), 1, Grace Spiers (Whmata), 2, Ella Williams (Whmata), 3, Daisy Thomas (ChCh), N/S

Open Women Semifinals (To be surfed on Sunday)
Heat 1
Jessica Santorik (Rag), Laura Rishworth (Mnt), Mischa Davis (Auck)
Heat 2
Alexis Poulter (Rag), Rosa Thompson (Auck), Grace Spiers (Whmata)

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Braedon at the Rip Curl Pro February 23, 2009 by Braedon Williams

Hey every one! Just got back from the Rip Curl Pro which was held in Raglan in the weekend ended up getting 9th in the under 20s and to the 4th round in the Open and ended up getting 5th in the expression which I was stoked with! There were some fun waves on the beach the night before a good little ‘A frame’ bank with plenty of throwaway sections!

The next day the comp started which was really hard conditions; howling North West and pouring down with rain the surf was about two foot on the point. They ended up calling the comp off early on Friday so it was an early start on Saturday. There were good waves three to four foot a bit onshore but really smashable! Then the Sunday which was just a bit smaller but really fun!

So a good weekend plenty of surfing now just got to get some swell on the East Coast!!


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