2017 National Surfing Championships underway at Piha this week

Billy Stairmand has been looking forward to this week.

“It is good to be back in the water and putting the rashie on,” says a relaxed Billy.

“The waves are not too bad, there is a bank out the back, big lefties. I feel like I am surfing good so I am looking forward to it,” he says in reference to his pending match-ups.

Billy advanced to the quarterfinals of the event winning his second round.

He is chasing a record sixth Open Men’s Division title at the event.

The 2017 National Championships started on Sunday at Piha Beach, west of Auckland, and will end on Saturday.

More than 250 have entered the event, which includes 22 divisions and age groups.

Image thanks to: Cory / NZ Surfing Magazine.