By Te Karere

Māori surfers have carved their way to the top at the national surfing competition in Gisborne.

Ngāti Kahugunu's Ricardo Christie took out the open men’s title, while Mt Maunganui surfer Raiha Ensor did the same in the open women’s division.

Christie fought a hard battle in his final against fellow Māori surfer Elliot Paerata-Reid, with Christie taking out the win with a 9.93 wave score.

Some of the country's best surfers battled it out at Makorori Beach over the past week.

Raiha Ensor took out the women’s final in her run against Māori surfer Elin Tawharu and Christie said the competition was fierce.

"The waves are pretty small and kind of tricky. You had to get the right wave. So it was a bit of a luck of the draw when you took off whether it was going to be good or not."

With four of the six open women’s and men’s finalist being Māori, it looks like the future of Māori surfing is in safe hands.