Elliot Paerata-Reid - Last Ditch Wins For Paerata – Reid and Sansom at Backdoor GromBash
May 19, 2014
Last minute wins came in both Under 20 Divisions at the Backdoor GromBash completed at Raglan today (Sunday 11th May) with Elliot Paerata – Reid (Piha) and Bianca Sansom (Albany, Auck) claiming titles.
In clean 1.0m waves with no wind all day long, the final day of the Backdoor GromBash produced some exceptional surfing particularly in the Under 20 Divisions. Paerata – Reid was left shocked at the start of their 25 minute final when opponents Kehu Butler (Mnt) and Taylor Hutchison (Rag) scored eight and nine point rides to jump out into the lead.
But it was Paerata – Reid that held his nerve to surf his own 8.5 point ride in the dying stages of the final which catapulted him into the lead and subsequent win. “The boys dropped 8s and 9s right at the start but I knew if I got the right wave I could get the same scores” and Paerata – Reid did finishing with a 15.87 point heat total. “That was probably the best final I have ever surfed in” he added.
“Kehu was trying to play mind games on me but I tried to keep my composure and I was stoked when that last wave came, this is the best location for surfing events and we have had pumping waves two years in a row now” ended Paerata – Reid who flies out to Australia tomorrow before completing some training and then contesting a World Qualifying Series event.