By Te Karere

 

To the surfing nationals, Ngāti Raukawa descendant Elin Tawharu is dominating the senior women's division.

 

Despite being only 17, Tawharu is regarded as one of the rising stars of the surfing world.

 

She has represented New Zealand at international meets in the past.

 

Now her main goal is to represent New Zealand at the Olympics in 2020 and says, “Now that surfing is part of the Olympics, I am definitely looking towards that as a future goal.”

 

She has secured a spot in the finals for both the U18 and open women’s sections tomorrow.

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