An outstanding all-round day on his home break by Daniel
Kereopa marked the return of the Hyundai Tour surfing
competition in Raglan today.
Kereopa put to good use his 30 years' experience on the waves
at Manu Bay to move through to the semifinals of both the
longboard and stand up paddle board divisions.
Raglan's famous point breaks gave tour a perfect start to the
season with clean one metre waves rolling down the acclaimed
point break all day.
And no one enjoyed it more than Kereopa, whose performance
across all disciplines was especially impressive considering
this year marked his return to the paddleboard division. The
Raglan local looked like he had never been away, with a 15.67
quarter-final score the highlight.
Joining Kereopa in the semifinals of the longboard tomorrow
will be Phil Morris (Auckland), Owen Barnes (Mount
Maunganui), Jamie Andrews (Waitara) and Gisborne pair Daniel
Proctor and Sam Johnson.
The surfers in the stand up paddleboard continued to get the
most out of the swell, with Kereopa, Karl Aarsen (Whangamata)
and Shayne Baxter (Christchurch) all prominent in notching up
big heat wins to move into tomorrow's semifinals.
Kereopa also placed fifth in the stand up paddle board race,
which saw paddlers completing three laps of the Manu Bay
course, with fellow Raglan surfer Arnie Armstrong taking line
The Hyndai Tour features five events over the summer,
including the national championships which begin at Piha next