I entered the Taranaki SUP Classic contest and the surf event was up first. It was held on the break off the Waitara river AKA Waitara Bar. My heat was up first so had no time to dial in the conditions and we were off in a three man heat with a local ripper and another dude. I managed to get a few small waves and kooked around on them but the breeze kicked in as soon as we started combined with the river current ripping out, we all spent most of the heat paddling hard to just get back to the peak. I was on the 8'10 Sunova Acid 120L which was great as I can handle the chop on it.
Came in to find out I'd got through my heat in second place! Not bad seeing as I'd not surfed in 7 months!