Raglan's Billy Stairmand wins his third straight Rip Curl Pro title after blowing away a strong field of domestic surfers today at Manu Bay, Raglan.
Stairmand looked unstoppable all weekend and his relentless performances continued into the final as he went on to post a 16.44 point heat total out of a possible 20 points, easily defeating fellow local Luke Cederman in the same one-two scenario as the 2018 event.
'Yeah, I keep saying it, but my equipment is so good at the moment and it just makes me comfortable when competing." offered Stairmand regarding his Sharpeye Boards.
Sky Sport covered the event in its entirety this weekend and the event made history as the first New Zealand surfing event to be available through the TAB betting agency.
Stairmand, a TAB favourite, held half of the top ten single-wave scores of the weekend showing his dominance, but he was also quick to mention his strategic approach to his heats."I probably could have got better waves in the final, but I was surfing strategically, particularly in that heat and that is all I wanted to do. Everyone surfs a heat differently and I just wanted to stick to my game plan."
Stairmand now eyes up two international events in Indonesia and Australia as he hunts down more World Surf League qualification points."I really want to try and get on tour with Ric (Christie) and Paige (Hareb). And also aim for the Olympics next year.”
+interview and info are taken from the New Zealand Surf Journal, who currently rate him the 3rd best surfer in the land of the long white clouds.
He is continuing his epic start to the year, keep your eyes on him for the Olympics next year.