by Insiders Dunedin

April 02, 2013: JC Wins

If you were wondering what was taking place down at St Clair Esplanade this past Easter weekend and why there were so many surfers of all ages running around with grins as wide as you can get then it was because of this: a small southeast swell, intense sunshine, hot days, virtually no wind and glassy conditions for the entire three days of the South Island Surfing Championships. Yep, Dunedin turned it on.

This year the South Island Surfing Championships are part of the New Zealand Pro Surfing series and attracted surfers from throughout the country including Kiwi great Maz Quinn along with other North Island surfers including Tane and Zen Wallis, Grace Spiers, Alexis Poulter and more.

We turned up for a dramatic semi-final in the Open Men's where Maz Quinn (Gisborne), Tane Wallis (Piha) and Hayden Brain (Christchurch) were taking on Dunedin-lad (ex Mount Maunganui) JC Susan who was hoping to progress to defend his title. And he did in style, dominating the semi-final. He then went on to win the event, successfully defending his South Island Surfing Championship title and taking his first ever Pro Series win.

JC Susan is a pretty amazing surfer, but he is also one of the nicest guys you can meet at the beach. Great to see a character like him rising to the top of surfing in New Zealand.

Okay, so if you are a surfer reading this then you know the past week has been a surfer's paradise. You're probably completely surfed out, right? Well forget about an easy week – there is a complex low deep in the southern ocean and it's pinned in by a persistent high. That means long-period ground swell and lots of it over the whole week. What a rock to call home!

See you at the beach...

       – Derek


Sunday, 9:50am: JC Susan on his way to defending his South Island Surfing title


Sunday, 10:02am: Tane Wallis boosting out the front in the semi-final of the Open Men's  [SB-0IQYYC0]


Sunday, 9:44am: Maz Quinn frees his fins in the Open Men's semi-final


Thursday, 7:43am: New day, new swell ... is that record broken?


Tuesday, 6:51pm: Setting up for a wall full of promise at St Kilda


Tuesday, 6:51pm: A barrel feast at St Kilda ... 


Tuesday, 10:38am: Die Zeit travel writer Sacha stoking on a surf at St Clair with Josh 


Good Friday, 7:36am: Fog drifting up the harbour ... it's going to be a sensational Friday 


Post Submitted by Derek Morrison, Dunedin Light


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