Raglan's Billy Stairmand won a record sixth national open men's surfing title on Saturday, dedicating the victory to his late mother.

Whangamata's Ella Williams defended her open women's title with the finals surfed in solid 2m waves and light winds at Piha Beach on Auckland's west coast.

Stairmand recorded a 14.63 total for his two best waves to beat fellow Raglan surfer Taylor Hutchinson and youngsters Elliot Brown (Dunedin) and Elliot Paerata Reid (Piha) in the four-man final.

That saw Stairmand break a 30-year-old record he had previously shared with five-time winners Iain Buchanan and Wayne Parkes. Buchanan, who won his last national open title in 1987, was in attendance to witness Stairmand's achievement.

Stairmand dedicated the win to his mother who passed away at the end of last year.

"I had a rough time last year on several fronts so I am hoping that this win is a sign of things to come and I am sure my mum was looking over me today when I got that first wave," Stairmand said as his victory helped Raglan's Point Boardriders  take out the interclub title.

Williams had to work hard to win her second open title.

Gabriella Sansom (Albany) claimed a final-high single wave score of 7.83. That put Williams on the back foot before she secured a pair of six point rides then went on to secure a 7.17 and a 7.77 on her last wave to extend her lead.

"I am so happy to defend the title this year. We have had some hard conditions throughout the week but the waves were good today and I enjoyed being pushed by all the Kiwi girls who continue to improve year after year," Williams said.

Gabriella Sansom finished second ahead of her twin sister Bianca and Britt Kindred (Muriwai).


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