Richard Christie has today (Saturday 15th March) broken a five year drought winning the Rip Curl Pro presented by Jagermeister held at Manu Bay, Raglan. Under dark skies, gale offshore winds and sideways rain thanks to Cyclone Lusi, Christie surfed his way to a win in the Open Men's Division in the 1.0m -- 1.5m waves that built throughout the day.
Under 20 Men's Division Finals
Elliot Paerata Reid (Piha), 14.43, 1, Tane Wallis (Piha), 15.23, 2, Ben Poulter (Rag), 18.17, 3, Taylor Hutchison (Rag), 7.93, 4
Open Women's Final
Grace Spiers (Whmata), 9.97, 1, Jasmine Smith (Gis), 9.40, 2, Jessica Santorik (Rag), 8.93, 3, Claudia Fraser (Piha), 8.23, 4
Open Men's Division Final
Richard Christie (Mahia), 12.33, 1, Matt-Lewis Hewitt (Mnt), 11.50, 2, Bobby Hansen (Gis) 11.10, 3, Elliot Paerata Reid (Piha), 8.27, 4
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