North Shore Times : November 16th 2010
35 NORTH SHORE TIMES, NOVEMBER 16, 2010 SPORT Farrell stands out at beach series Stand up style: Big wave sensation Campbell Farrell took to the water during the State Beach Series at Takapuna Beach. By MARYKE PENMAN Competitors came out in force for the second week of the State Beach Series with event sponsors Starboard entering a strong team of stand-up paddlers. Big wave surfer and Star- board partner Campbell Farrell was among those who took to the course last week. Farrell lives with his wife and four children in Hawaii, but returns to New Zealand every few months to assist in the day-to-day running of the company. Earlier this year Farrell and his partner Jeremy Stephenson came fifth in the prestigious Molokai to Oahu stand-up race, beating about 25 other teams. The race has long been con- sidered the world champion- ships of board paddling and Farrell says one of his career highlights is winning the 2006 event on a 16-foot board with partner Buzzy Kerbox. Years ago, ocean crossings like the Molokai to Oahu were the first events to include stand-up paddling and since then the sport has evolved so quickly.'' Farrell says stand up is the ideal sport for ocean-going New Zealanders because it combines surfing and kayak- ing. In the past five years flat coastal-type paddling has really taken off and there is no better place to try it than right here in Takapuna. The beach series has given us the perfect chance to show- case the sport and give people the chance to try it. Kiwis much like Hawaiians have been so quick to embrace it because we've both got such a water sport culture and the perfect coastal environment.'' Among a long list of impressive achievements, Farrell was the first Kiwi to surf the notorious wave Jaws'' in 1996. Jaws breaks offshore in a small bay called Peahi on the north shore of Maui, Hawaii, and at full strength it can reach up to 36 metres in height and can travel at more than 48kmh. I respect it, I fear it and in the past I have lain awake worrying about it. But I am a lot more confident riding it now. You can't ride Jaws like it's a six-foot beach break. Without respect for the wave it will eventually have the better of you,'' he says Although he still enjoys riding Jaws, having missed only a few swells in the past 15 years, Farrell says he is now looking forward to stand- up paddling becoming a lead- ing water sport in New Zea- land. Some guys originally used old windsurf boards to get into the sport and to be honest it doesn't matter as long as you're having fun on the water. Your ride is your choice and if you want to give proper stand-up a try then we are here to help every week at the beach series.'' Browns Bay holds on to bowls title Browns Bay retained its men's title while Sunny- brae sneaked through to claim the women's crown in the final day of interclub bowls in North Harbour. Browns Bay could thank its singles exponent Colin Rogan for emerging triumphant. After losing to Orewa and struggling to defeat Birken- head B, Browns Bay was still in the seemingly comfortable position of being assured of the title as long as it didn't lose 3-nil to Birkenhead A. Well, it very nearly did. The pair of Ross Haresnape and Tony Marinkovich, who were unbeaten going into the final day, lost to Don Trott and Scott Curran (their third straight loss) and the seem- ingly awesome foursome of John Walker, Kevin Smith, Doug Parlane and Stuart MacDonald went down nar- rowly to the Danny O'Connor- skipped four from Birken- head. So everything fell on to the shoulders of Rogan, who was engaged in a titanic struggle with former national singles champion Tony Grantham. At 19-18, with Grantham holding two shots, Rogan pro- duced the million-dollar bowl to make it 20-18 and he again outdrew Grantham on the final end. The victory completes a hat-trick of interclub titles for Browns Bay, who will go for- ward to represent the centre in the inter-zone play-offs. The Sunnybrae women did things entirely differently, coming through the pack from fifth starting the final day, to edge out Hobsonville by two points. Everything rested on the final fours clash in which the Sunnybrae four of Mary Guldbrandsen, skip, Jan Jones, Keryl Blackburn and Adele Ineson proved too strong for Hobsonville. The other heroes of Sunnybrae's success were the pair of Cheryl Taylor and Col- leen Sexton plus singles player Vicky O'Connor. In the men's competition, the battle to avoid the wooden spoon proved just as exciting. Milford, last by four points going into the final day, remarkably won seven of its nine matches while Taka- puna won five, including a shock win over title conten- ders Birkenhead A. River- head finished bottom. Fogg in lead as V8s head south Angus Fogg started this season's NZV8 Champion- ship campaign in the best possible way, coming out of the opening round at Puke- kohe Park Raceway at the top of the points table, albeit by the slimmest of margins. Fogg, from Birkenhead, made the most of every opportunity to secure points during the three races. But things weren't looking so good for the LG- ZB Falcon driver early on after he missed the chance toruninthetop10 shootout because of gear- box problems. In the 20-minute quali- fying session we were comfortably running in the top three or four and were very happy with the speed of the LG-ZB Falcon. But then fourth gear got damaged and we couldn't get the car out in time for the top 10 shootout,'' Fogg says. So I started race one in 10th, and then finished fifth. In race two, I started fifth and improved to fourth. When they work out the reverse grid for race three from the points earning in the first two races, I started in 18th and finished second.'' Fogg is on 170 points, just one more than defending NZV8 champ Craig Baird. It's great to start the championship off on the right foot,'' says the two- time championship runner- up. North Shore-based Tim Edgell started his fourth season in the champion- ship with a podium finish. Edgell delivered a trade- mark tidy, fast perform- ance in the Chesters Ford to secure second, third and eighth in the three races to give the former Formula Ford champion third place on the leader-board. We're only four points off the leader, Angus Fogg, so that shows how close this racing is and it's an excellent way for our team to start the season,'' Edgell says. He was particularly pleased to be so competi- tive in the first event of the seven-round championship because he hasn't done a lot of driving over winter. Edgell's performance at Pukekohe builds on the level of success he attained last season. He holds the lap records for NZV8s at the Taupo cir- cuit and the Hamilton street circuit and last season won his first pole positions and race. With his father, Randell, the engineer for Edgell Performance Racing and his grandfather, Eric Mal- lard, one of New Zealand motorsport's highly re- garded administrators, Edgell's motorsport heri- tage and talent sets him in good stead to be a real con- tender in this year's series. Round two is at Rua- puna Park outside Christ- church over the weekend of November 26 to 28. New karate club comes to Shore Karate club: Craig Nordstrand has trained Oceania, Commonwealth, New Zealand and Australian champions. Miyagi Kan Karate, the first club in Oceania to have a world champion for 20 years, is opening its doors in Glenfield. Craig Nordstrand, a fifth dan instructor with 15 years of New Zealand teaching ex- perience, is following in the footsteps of his students. Nordstrand has an estab- lished dojo in Northland, but some of his long-time stu- dents are now at university in Auckland and urged their mentor to join them in the city. Nordstrand has trained Oceania, Commonwealth, New Zealand and Australian champions and says he has a gift''. I have never failed to get an athlete into a national team or to win a title,'' he says. Nordstrand encourages parents to join their children in the sport. He achieved black belt at the same time as his own son and has trained two mothers to black belt level alongside their children. Nordstrand says karate teaches confidence, strength, co-ordination, flexibility and discipline. Miyagi Kan specialises in sport karate in both dis- ciplines of kata and kumite. Classes for beginners of all ages run on Tuesdays and Thursday nights at 470 Glenfield Rd. Call Craig Nordstrand on 021-223-3644.
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