Surfing

2019

Surfing: Mount Maunganui surfers Tao Mouldey, Anna Brock win titles at surfing festival competition

18 Mar, 2019 6:16pm
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Tao Mouldey won the Under 14 and Under 12 Boys Divisions at the Ray White Duke Festival of Surfing at New Brighton Beach, Christchurch. Photo / www.surferswall.com
Tao Mouldey won the Under 14 and Under 12 Boys Divisions at the Ray White Duke Festival of Surfing at New Brighton Beach, Christchurch. Photo / www.surferswall.com

After two impressive finals performances young Mount Maunganui surfer Tao Mouldey was able to secure two titles at the weekend.

Mouldey surfed to wins in the Under 14 and Under 12 Divisions at the Ray White Duke Festival of Surfing at New Brighton Beach from March 15-17. He produced two dominating finals performances posting scores in higher than 13 points in each one.

Mouldey posted a 13.5 score in the Under 14 Boys final, ahead of second-placed Tyler Perry with an eight, and third-placed Jack McKenzie who scored 7.37. Then, in the U 12 Boys final, he scored 14.3. In second was Mount Maunganui's Indica Corcoran, who posted a score of 9.87, and Alexis Owen from Dunedin placed third with a score of 8.37.

Mouldey was one of two top Bay of Plenty performers at the event, which comprised of 20 divisions across longboard, stand up paddleboard and junior divisions.

Anna Brock won the Under 14 Girls Division at the Ray White Duke Festival of Surfing at New Brighton Beach, Christchurch. Photo / www.surferswall.com
Anna Brock won the Under 14 Girls Division at the Ray White Duke Festival of Surfing at New Brighton Beach, Christchurch. Photo / www.surferswall.com

The other was fellow Mount Maunganui surfer Anna Brock who was successful in the Under 14 Girls Division, claiming the title over Misha Peyroux and Chloe Groube.

Her win follows the 13-year-old's under-14 girls Billabong Grom Series title win in the final leg at Piha last month, having earlier won the Whangamata leg and placing second at the Mount Maunganui event.

The weekend's Ray White Duke Festival of Surfing is a three day event that celebrates the sport of surfing under the name of legendary Hawaiian waterman and Olympic swimmer Duke Kahanamoku with surfers from the length of the country heading to New Brighton to take part. Auckland-based couple Paul Culpan and Sasha Brownlie claimed the premier Men's and Women's Longboard Divisions at the event, together surging to the top of the national rankings.

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Surfing: Surf holiday helps Mount Maunganui's Anna Brock wins Billabong Grom Series title

28 Feb, 2019 12:29pm
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Mount Maunganui's Anna Brock in action in Piha. Photo / PhotoCPL
Mount Maunganui's Anna Brock in action in Piha. Photo / PhotoCPL

A tropical holiday has played a significant role in Mount Maunganui surfer Anna Brock's biggest success.

The 13-year-old claimed the girls' under-14 Billabong Grom Series title after winning the final leg at Piha last Saturday. Due to big swells forecast for the Sunday a decision to complete the event the day before meant competitors rode 1m waves. It was there Anna capped off a consistent season, scoring 10.8 in the final to claim the title.

She won the Whangamata leg earlier this season and placed second at the Mount Maunganui event.

The win came on the back of a three-month, family surfing trip through Asia and Australia late last year. Anna, younger sister Sofia, mother Michelle and father Jamie went backpacking in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, south-east Asia and Australia, with the idea the girls would surf different locations. While the girls - Sofia being a former national primary school champ, carved up the water, Jamie and Michelle enjoyed the beaches.

Jamie says they went to places where surfing is prominent, worked with locals, coaches and surfed at coral reefs and point breaks which helped them get confident in different conditions.

Anna says the trip played a major part on her success.

"That trip helped me a lot. We were surfing all the time, in different conditions. There were some places had lots of power in the waves," Anna says.

Mount Maunganui's Anna Brock won her division. Photo / PhotoCPL
Mount Maunganui's Anna Brock won her division. Photo / PhotoCPL

It was the first time Anna had won the series, after claiming the Mount Maunganui leg last season.

Anna says she has also put a lot of time into the gym and with her coach, Alex Dive. A typical week can include three 6.30am gym sessions and up to a dozen sessions out in the waves.

"Consistency has been a big thing this year and I practiced 15-minute heats, so I had shorter and sharper trainings. At the Mount we have times when it is small or stormy times, I just try and get out there as much as I can."