Whangarei's Laurie Langridge's patience and persistence has paid dividends - and just in time for Christmas. The 62-year-old long boarder has been trying to get an over-60s division as part of the Hyundai Pro-Longboard Tour up and running for three years now. Finally Surfing New Zealand have come to the party and are making it happen. They have included the class in the 2011 tour, which kicks off at Piha Beach on January 8-9. ``We're just wrapped...we had all the clubs from around the place petitioning to get the division and they finally said we could have one,'' Langridge said. At previous tours, over-60 surfers had been competing in the next division down, the over-50s. ``But there are a lot of guys who are 60 plus and are still reasonably fit and love their surfing...we can't compete with those young 50-year-olds,'' he said. Most major competitions in Australia and abroad have over-60, over-65 and even over-75 divisions...New Zealand is finally catching up. There is a 12-contestant limit for the division at each event, and the Waipu Longboarding Club and Bream Bay Sliders member said those spots will fill up in no time, with entrants around the country claiming them. However, we have enough locals in town to fill the division easily, Langridge said. There are five events in the tour, and Langridge will most likely choose events close to home. Airlines will not take his 10 foot 3 longboard and event two is in Dunedin, so driving would be too costly. ``The Sandy Bay event is the best anyway - so I am just hanging out for that...we're just so wrapped,'' he said. Event three of the Hyundai Pro-Longboard Tour takes place at Sandy Bay on February 4-6. Story supplied by The Northern Advocate's Sports Reporter Michelle Curran.
This Sunday is our first get-together for 2011, Usual stuff, Bring a plate with the BBS club providing the sausages, Should be waves !, Plus don't forget to enter the Hyundai Longboard Tour, With entries for the Sandy Bay Leg closing soon and the Over 60's 'Laurie Langridge' Division has very limited entries, Mike C.