Rip Curl Pro
presented by Galbraiths
Surfing New Zealand
Manu Bay, Raglan New Zealand
5 - 6 May 2017
Stairmand Snaps Quinn’s Run But Williams Gets Her Third
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 6 May, 2017 - Hometown hero Billy Stairmand snapped Maz Quinn’s winning streak at the Rip Curl Pro completed at Manu Bay Raglan today winning the Open Men’s Division in convincing fashion.
While Stairmand was the disrupter for the men, in the Open Women’s Division, it was Ella Williams (WGM) that went three in a row with her victory in the final.
The last day of the Rip Curl Pro presented by Galbraiths was played out in clean 1.0m – 1.5m waves. The wind changed from a light morning offshores to a light afternoon sea breeze that kept conditions pristine.
Stairmand’s win comes on the back of his sixth and record breaking national championship he won in January keeping a 2016 undefeated run in New Zealand.
Today he posted a 16.73 point heat total in the final leaving his opponents requiring near excellent scores to catch him.
“I was feeling super comfortable here, obviously it is my hometown, I have been surfing so much here recently and training, my board was feeling good all day and so was my surfing” said Stairmand post final.
“All the guys have been ripping this weekend though. It was a gnarly final so I am stoked to get the win” he added knowing full well what the $3000 prize money can do for his international campaign.
“I am off to Japan in two weeks so this win is timely to help with funding that travel and it will help me to the next event in South Africa which I can book my flights for now too.”
In the final today it was Gisborne’s Bobby Hansen that got the closest to Stairmand posting a 15.33 point heat total in the final and going close to the required score on the last wave he rode in the dying seconds.
Two time defending champion Maz Quinn (Gis) had to settle for third place today. Despite flashes of brilliance, Quinn could not match the wave selection of Stairmand and Hansen that would allow him to let loose.
Local surfer Taylor Hutchison finished fourth in the final with an excellent performance all weekend that will build confidence as he heads to France for the World Surfing Games in one week’s time.
Ella Williams claimed an Open Women’s Division final that was full of opportunity for all four surfers. However it was the 22-year-old’s determination coupled with her international experience that separated her from her three opponents.
“This is the best result I could have hoped for today, I am so stoked” said Williams. “It was fun all day, nice and glassy, a little onshore this afternoon but the faces were so clean” she added of the conditions.
Notably, unlike the Open Men’s Division which was full of natural footers, the women’s final was an all goofy foot affair.
“It is so exciting to surf against the girls, we were all evenly matched and I was lucky to get the best waves” said Williams.
Williams, who has one more week in New Zealand before heading overseas to compete in France and Mexico, posted a 13.43 point total in the final eclipsing four time event champion Jessica Santorik (Rag) who scored 12.13.
Santorik only just nudged Auckland’s Gabriella Sansom in to third place with the youngest of the finalists, 19 year old Indica Ratima (Rag) finishing in fourth place.
The Rip Curl Pro presented by Galbriaths is the fourth of five events on the New Zealand Surf Series with the final event being the Backdoor BayBash scheduled for Hawkes Bay during November.
A full replay of the coverage from Sky Sport will be shown on channel 53 on Sunday from 12pm – 4pm.
Open Women’s Division Final
Ella Williams (Whmata), 13.43
Jessica Santorik (Rag), 12.13
Gabriella Sansom (Auck), 12.10
Indica Ratima (Rag), 9.57
Open Men’s Division Final
Bobby Hansen (Gis)
Maz Quinn (Gis)
Billy Stairmand (Rag)
Taylor Hutchison (Rag)