The New Zealand surfers were well represented on day two with Maz Quinn (Gis) and Billy Stairmand (Raglan) both moving through to the Round of 48 surfers in the challenging conditions. Stairmand, the only Kiwi to win an event of this rating (2010), was stoked to be surfing at an international level in New Zealand. "It is pretty cool having everyone here.
All the boys came over from Aussie and picked me up and it is cool to take them around and show them our waves. I am their little tour guide, its cool." Stairmand won his heat today to progress alongside Tim Macdonald who together defeated Chad DuToit and Mason Ho. He was philosophical about the conditions on offer at Pines on Wainui Beach. "At least there are waves. It is New Zealand conditions, warm for us, cold for them" said the young natural footer from Raglan who admitted to feeling nerves prior to his heat.
Stairmand was joined by Maz Quinn who despite looking like being eliminated managed to score a 3.33 point ride on his last wave with 30 seconds remaning - enough to squeeze him into second place. Other Kiwis still alive include Richard Christie (Gis), Jay Quinn (Gis), Tim O'Connor (Mnt) and Matt Hewitt (Mnt).