Kanzi wins WSSA 2022 surfing competition

One of the surfers in action during this week surfing competition organized by WSSA in Gizo this week. PHOTO BEN BILUA
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PAELOGE Surfer, Sammy Kanzi is the winner of Western Solomons Surfing Association (WSSA) 2022 senior category surfing competition on Wednesday.

The finals were tense as participants dug deep to pull off a perfect barrel to get good points.

Kanzi came top in a split decision from second runner-up, one of the aspiring surfers, Tautau from Team Titiana. 

Kanzi managed to execute perfect barrels, clean riding on waves as well as displaying eye-catching flips earning him top points and the title.

Sammy Kanzi in one of his attempt

Second runner-up, Tautau also pulled off few barrels and clean wave riding but his performance proved insufficient for the top spot.

Junior White from Team Titiana also scoped the third prize walking away with a brand-new surfing board.

Ju White receives a brand new surfing board for scoping third position

Both Kanzi and Tautau received cash prize. The trio will be part of a surfing team who will travel to Papatura Resort in Isabel province on a special surfing experience sponsored by Solomon Airlines.

In an interview with SunSPORTS, one of the judges, Jocul Ravia said the competition had been tough and gave the judges a hard time in making the decisions.

Semi-finalist and finalist before their heats

He said the standard of performances have improved compared to previous surfing competitions staged in the province.

“I commend all the surfers for the spectacular performances throughout the last two days. They have displayed great skills that I as an old surfer surprised myself,” Ravia said.

Finalists waiting for their turn to hit the waves. Sammy Kanzi (arrow) is the winner of the competition

He said surfing is a difficult sport as it depends on waves and skills within the time limit of 15 minutes to register good points.

Ravia adds that the sports is anybody’s game.

A surfer in action

“Even junior surfer can beat senior surfers if he or she catches a good wave,” he explained.

Ravia meanwhile said he had enjoyed watching young surfers improving and building up their skills in the sport.