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One of the
and New Zea-
land ended in
turned to pro-
test, the themes of children, moko-
puna and the land were common to
everyone over the weekend.
Sustainability, asset sales,
mining, constitutional review and
opposition to John Key was voiced
But Maori wardens, police and
protesters diffused a tense moment
on the treaty grounds with a com-
promise. The hikoi group was
stopped from raising the tino
rangatiratanga flag but permitted
to walk past and touch the flagpole.
Some performed hongi with and
embraced Maori wardens and police
officers they had been arguing with.
Protester Levi Bristow from the
Hokianga urged New Zealanders to
make every day their personal Wai-
tangi Day with a fulltime obligation
to stop domestic violence, ensure
children have a good feed every day
and the chance to get a good edu-
Fly your flag within your
hearts,'' Mr Bristow says.
Wini wins trophy for family
World wonder: World longboard champ Taylor Jensen throws his longboard
around with ease.
Photos: DENISE PIPER
Local winner: Sandy Bay surfer Wini
Paul cannot wipe the smile off her face
after winning the women's division in
front of a home crowd.
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of the event and more photos.
Surfers from all over the world
converged on Whangarei's Sandy
Bay for the Hyundai Longboard
Tour last weekend.
But local surfers were not to be
undone by the international compe-
tition, with Wini Paul winning the
women's division and Paul Moretti
coming second in the juniors.
The Sandy Bay contest is the only
one out of the five tour contests that
is sanctioned by the Association of
Surfing Professionals, with the
men's division promising points for
the Longboard Qualifying Series.
The sanctioning attracted the big
guns including more than a dozen
Australians, one German and world
longboard champion Taylor Jensen
from the United States.
Jensen eventually took top
honours in the competition, wowing
the crowds by linking long hang
10'' noserides with a number of fin-
But he was pushed along the way
by young Australian Mitch Surman
in second place and New Zealand
champion Thomas Kibblewhite
from Red Beach in third.
Kibblewhite's explosive turns
ended up being his undoing as he
broke his board into three pieces
during a vertical turn gone wrong.
Australian surfer Jared Neal was
placed fourth in the final.
But it was 22-year-old Wini Paul
who got the most crowd cheers
when she came from behind to win
the women's division over Aust-
ralian Sam Suendermann in the
dying minutes of final.
Wini lives in Australia but still
calls Sandy Bay home and says she
wanted to win in front of her home
crowd and family.
I'm glad I did it for them,'' she
says. It's a local competition but it's
got the international girls who are
Wini now plans to take part in
the next Hyundai contest at Mount
Maunganui this weekend before
returning to Australia where she
will take part in a few more
Paul Moretti from Mimiwhangata
might also be doing more longboard-
ing after coming second in the jun-
ior division to Australian Nic Jones.
Paul only started longboarding
this summer but is a successful
I've just been playing around on
the longboard on small days, there's
been heaps of small swells over
It's a good break away from the
intensity of the shortboard circuit
and a chance just to have a good
time,'' he says.
Other Whangarei district surfers
to do well were Dave Gould and
Laurie Landgridge who came third
and fourth respectively in the over
60s division, Paulo Gomes fifth in
over 40s and Viv Treacy fifth in the
Longboarding is surfing on
boards over 2.7 metres (9ft) in
length. Surfers are judged on a com-
bination of modern turns and tra-
ditional moves like nose riding, with
their best two wave scores being
added together for their total heat
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