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Mt Maunganui - 2012 Hyundai Tour
Mount Maunganui turned it on for the Tour offering up some punchy 2ft waves over the weekend. Saturday and Sunday were filled full of sun, surf and good times.
Check out the short highlights clip and stay tuned for the up and coming final event at Port Waikato on the 2-3 March.
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Local Mount Maunganui surfer Ant McColl claimed his maiden Hyundai Tour victory in his home waters at Tay Street today (Sunday 19thFebruary) in the fourth of five events for the season.
The crowd pleasing victory was played out in a small 1.0m swell groomed by offshore winds. The final was the closest of the tour this year with 0.50 points separating first from third.
Runner up today was New Zealand representative Matt Cockayne who challenged for the lead on several occasions, his best assault coming on a lefthander where he completed the longest hang five then ten of the event. The wave scored 7.67 out of ten but left him 0.27 points short of McColl.
Current Hyundai Tour ratings leader Thomas Kibblewhite (Red Beach, Auckland) fought back in the final with his standard competitive approach on several righthanders with his best wave of 7.03 coming on his last ride, 0.84 points short of the score required for the win.
Gisborne surfer Daniel Procter started the final slowly but came back into the fold at the end with a 6.70 point ride leaving him requiring an 8.08 point ride.
Despite placing third in the final, Kibblewhite extended his lead on the Hyundai Tour ratings while Matt Cockayne jumps to second ahead of today's winner Ant McColl in third.
After dominating the first day of action, only one Australian surfer made it through to the final of the Women's Longboard Division but that was all it took for them to take the title back across the ditch with Molly Powell claiming the victory. Powell looked superior with her soft footwork working the board, her best ride being her last, scoring 7.60