The Rip Curl Pro is set to go down in Raglan this weekend, drawing in some of the biggest names in kiwi surfing. It gets underway tomorrow and is wrapped up on Sunday with Open Men, Open Women and Under 20 Men set to entertain the surfing faithful.
Also entertaining the surfing faithful will a movie screening via Garage TV tomorrow night along with a cheeky shin-dig at the YOT Club including performances from People of Paris and Hot Sets.
In the water we are set to see veteran and No.1 ranked Maz Quinn go up against Raglan's very own Billy Stairmand in what will be a highly anticipated match up. Quinn is yet to win an event this year but went on a streak this time last year, winning three events in a row while Stairmand who sits behind Ricardo Christie as Aotearoa's premier surfer.
Stairmand heads to Indonesia in a few weeks to continue his World Qualifying Series campaign, so he'll be keen to put on a show on his home break before heading overseas.
If Stairmand wins, he'll jump ahead of Quinn in the rankings. JC Susan from Dunedin and Luke Hughes who is also from Raglan, will be ones to watch as well with Susan coming off a win down south while Hughes was narrowly beaten by his homie Stairmand at the National Championships in January.
The women's side of the competition is equally as funky with No.1 ranked Ella Williams from Whangamata set to fight off a challenge from Paige Hareb who returns to Aotearoa to surf in her first competitive event on our shores since 2009.
Jessica Santorik and Kelly Murphy might have something to say about that as well, they have graced the world with two new babies and are now returning to competition after representing Aotearoa previously.
You can catch Sunday's action on telly thanks to Sky Sport. Otherwise get on down to Raglan for the weekend's action with a bunch of overseas surfers eager to snap up the prize-money as well.
Big shout to Rip Curl and Galbraiths for their sponsorship of this event.