Hungerford and Henderson ride to titles

Avonside Girls' High School surfer Ava Henderson is now a national champion. Photo:Images Cory /...
Avonside Girls' High School surfer Ava Henderson is now a national champion. Photo:Images Cory / NZ Surfing Magazine.
Canterbury surfing team members Estella Hungerford and Ava Henderson have claimed titles at a national champs in Raglan.

Hungerford, a Haeata Community Campus student, dominated the under-18 girls division, while Henderson, who goes to Avonside Girls’ High School, dazzled in the under-14 girls division at the national scholastic surfing championships.

Both are part of the New Zealand team to compete at the world championships in California next month.

The national championships saw 131 athletes from 11 regional teams compete.

Waikato claimed the teams title ahead of Taranaki and Auckland in second and third.

Canterbury, last year’s winners, finished fourth.

Canterbury members Neko Tohiariki (St Bede’s College) Myka Black (Shirley Boys’ High) and Leah Wilson (Avonside Girls’ High) all made the finals in their divisions.

Coaches Nick Black and Mark Perana praised the team’s efforts against top New Zealand competition. “While we didn’t bring back the team title, we had some outstanding individual performances,” Black said.

Canterbury team results

Under-18 boys: Neko Tohiariki 4th (St Bede’s College), Riley Gibson 25th (St Bede’s College).

Under-16 boys: Myka Black 3rd (Shirley Boys’ High School), Jai Oakley 13th (Papanui High School), Reuben Lyons 25th (Kaikoura High School), James Millar 7th (St Bede’s College), Koby Cameron 25th (Kaiapoi High School).

Under-14 boys: Tyler Perry 9th (Kaikoura High School).

Under-18 girls: Tegan Bishop 5th (Rangiora High School), Estella Hungerford 1st (Haeata Community Campus).

Under-16 girls: Leah Wilson 4th (Avonside Girls’ High School).

Under-14 girls: Ava Henderson 1st (Avonside Girls’ High School).

Travelling reserve: Eloise Addison (Rangi Ruru Girls’ School).




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