Sunday saw the local surfing community at Manu Bay for the annual Raglan Point Boardriders’ King of the Single Fin Competition. With a colourful array of retro and single-fin surfboards showing up out of the woodwork, it was a great family day filled with friendly competition.
“It was a great day with nice offshore waves for all and over 50 surfers young and old competing which was great,” said sponsor and emcee Kyle Leuthart.
The winner was Taylor Hutchison, with Mikey Banks second, Jayden Willoughby third and Gabby Sansom fourth. Taylor also won last years 2016 event so this make it his second title in a row.
Sticking with tradition, the pie eating contest was also a highlight of the day with kids and adults alike taking part.
The junior division was taken out by a very gutsy Izzy Fenton, with the senior division being won by Simon ‘8 Ball’ Rice-Edwards.
“Thanks to Raglan Pies for the delicious fare to compete with,” said Kyle.
The raffle for the Camenzind Surfboards handcrafted single fin with Neil Wernham board art and board production costs sponsored by Kyle Leuthart of LJHooker Raglan was won by an ecstatic Isao Fukuda who only bought one ticket on the day.
Several thousand dollars was raised for the Raglan Point Boardriders club through this $5 a ticket raffle which was drawn by Constable Raewyn McLachlan near the end of the contest.
“It’s a great way to fundraise myself and LJHooker are proud to support this now annual event which brings everyone together to have some fun,” said Kyle.
“I will be releasing a short film of the event through my facebook page in the coming weeks, looking forward to doing it all again in 2018.
“Huge thanks to contest director Marcus Hodgkinson for the organisation of the event as well as the Raglan Point Boardriders Club for hosting and organising the day.”