Central Region Champ’s was the Piha Pingers first competition of the season. With a crew deep in training, large surf and a fresh sweep, meant there was some interesting racing to come. The girl’s boat speed was right up there with the other top crews for the first half of the race, however the plan for day was simply surviving the surf, testing our skills, and getting sweep Chris some awesome surf practice at the helm. After hanging out the back waiting for the monsters to roll by, the girls missed a podium finish, but came away with a massive confidence boost and only a few bruises to tell some stories. A crucial day for the season as the team built their surf confidence and will look to be very competitive at the competitions to come.