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Champions in big boats

Reigning champions, Piha A, has emerged victorious as open men’s surf boat champs at the nationals at Mt Maunganui yesterday (8 March 2013). Piha Pistols also cleaned up the under-23 surf boat title, with Piha Pirates third. Piha Pedators were 2nd in under-19 men’s. Piha A’s team was Scott Lissington, Chris Morris, Benjamin Richards, Nen  [ Read More ]

Titahi Bay takes Big Boat champs

Titahi Bay came out victorious in the final of the Big Boat Classic at Piha, with Piha A second and Red Beach third. The weather and waves were perfect for surfboats on Saturday 2 February, but a lull struck the final, and it was essentially a race that involved rowing out and rowing back. Neither  [ Read More ]

Sweeping all before – Champion Piha Boaties

It doesn’t get better than this. Look at that tightly disciplined technique of the Piha Pirates crew (closest to camera), Horse on the sweep, with the Australian Tannun crew behind (in a Piha-borrowed boat). Piha crew are the newly crowned kings of surf-boating in Australasia so this was a big one to win, and they did it,  [ Read More ]

Piha boat crew Australasian Champions

  The Piha Senior A crew has just achieved a historic double – the Piha crew was 1st in the Autex Australian Surf Rowers League Open Men’s Champs and then won the Battle of the Ditch in an NZ Piha A vs Australia test. Our Piha Senior Surf Boat crew was selected  to represent New Zealand  [ Read More ]

Big Wave Classic 2010 and other Piha big boats on You-Tube

Day of Giants 2010 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6B91erNF4FM&feature=player_embedded Big Wave Classic http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kuZbelFascc&feature=player_embedded Inside the Boat http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LN0nsIeUJY&feature=player_embedded#!

Seen and heard on the Viaduct

A very strange sight. The Piha boat crew – Bugsey with Piha Pirates – motoring along the Viaduct on Wednesday night. Heard the familiar clunk of rowlocks, and there they were. Had no Piha flag to wave so could only salute them with a cold glass of Piha Clean Breaks Sav Blanc. Just picked up  [ Read More ]

Piha Boaties triumphant

Surf boat crews at Piha continue their successful run with a number of national titles just annunced: Piha NZ Champion Boaties – 1st Champion Surf Boat Club 1st Open Men’s Long Course & Short Course Champions – Piha A Crew 1st Best Team NZ Nationals – Piha A 1st Under 23 Colts Long Course &  [ Read More ]

Photos of the week

Just come to hand these great shots of the Day of Giants from photographer Mark Taylor of the Waikato Times, supplied by Piha SLSC. Click on photo to see whole image.  

Big surf, big boats, big thrills – Day of the Giants

The Porthtowan surf boat team from North Cornwall, representing Great Britain, nearly upset expectations in the Open Men’s Surf Boat final in the Day of Giants contest for big boats on Saturday 12 February. The team had a nearly flawless run through heats and semis to reach the final. Leading the field in the final, on the  [ Read More ]

Piha Pirates U23 Trans-Tasman Champions!

Whilst the Piha Pirates were pleased with their achievement of being selected as the NZ U23 Development team surfboat crew they also knew they had a responsibility to their club and country to deliver a high performance in the international series. The Piha Pirates gained insight and inspiration from All Black great Grant Fox at  [ Read More ]

Full story on Piha boatie wins at weekend

Piha–NRC champions 1st Champion Boatie Club – Piha Boaties1st Open Men’s – Piha A Crew 1st Under 23’s Colts – Piha Pistols 1st Under 21’s Fillies  (Girls ) -Piha Coladas 1st Under 19’s Juniors –Piha Chargers Semi’s Open Men’s division –Piha Boomers 4th U21 Women’s division -Piha Coladas Semi’s Open Women’s division  -Piha Ladies Report  [ Read More ]

Piha Surf Crew victorious at the Mount

Piha A won the open men’s surf boat race at Mount Maunganui on Sunday 30 January with Mark Bourneville at the sweep. Orewa was second followed by Paekakariki third. Because of big surf the country’s current premier surf boat team, Titahi Bay, did not compete, to protect their boat for the international event in the following  [ Read More ]

Big boats at Piha

  Big boats and Piha go together. That big tough heavy surf needed boats and boaties that had the same quality. Piha was one of the first surf clubs in New Zealand to get a surf boat, which club members knew about from Australia. In 1935 the club bought and imported the Bronte club’s old boat and  [ Read More ]