The Nationals So Far So... / by craig levers

Hordes of surfing families and competitive surfers have once again descended on Piha for the Nationals. 

And it's a great thing. The motor camp is full with tents and motorhomes, the local businesses are humming with the extra influx. At its best, the Nationals is a showcase of NZ surfing talent, it's a meeting of the national surfing tribe. Friendships and networks are made and reinforced. There have always been the nay sayers and the haters, but there's always a negative to something that is largely a positive thing. 

The waves and weather have not played ball. Grey days of persistent onshore winds, crumbling junky swell. But in amongst the grey junk there have been pockets of goodness. Here's a little gallery for you from the week that has been so far... mostly free surfing around the actual contest.

Keone Campbell gouging

Gremmie tearing

Lookout open surfers, Josef Jungwirth is on his way

Dunedin's Elliott Brown has been a standout

Keone Campbell committing 

Sean Peggs speedlining 

Peggsy take 2

JC Susan looking the buso for the Open 

Elliott Paerata Reid combo'ed his fellow competitors in his Open heat

The locals did a fair job of representing 

Tiarua's Mr Peggs freeing fins 

Billy Stairmand showing why he's the defending Champ

Phil 'Bong' Griffin  with his trademark yellow board and paddling gloves

Fran Kora, joined the ramble for a evening free surf

Flyboy Callum Chautter 

Billy waaaay up the beach

EPR this morning 

Chch's Harrison Whiteside lofting high

EPR dealing with the morning's crumble

The contest is down to it's two final days. We'll be seeing a huge jump in the swell, not in the good way and the onshore winds will strengthen. It's going to be war at sea for the finalists. Stay posted for Sunday's post. 

From The Galleries

  Yeah, this sure ain't going to be the view any of the competitors in this years Nats are going to get this week. Click on the image to see it larger...and for buying options of course :) 

Yeah, this sure ain't going to be the view any of the competitors in this years Nats are going to get this week. Click on the image to see it larger...and for buying options of course :)