Daniel Kereopa leading Ultimate Waterman competition

By Rahia Timutimu

Daniel Kereopa has jumped to lead in the Ultimate Waterman competition after winning the longboard discipline last night.

Kereopa entered the water ranked seven of eight athletes, but was awarded 2,000 vital points for the win that took him to lead the competition with one discipline to go.

Te Kāea caught up with the champion Tainui surfer.

Daniel Kereopa got the lead in the Ultimate Waterman competition.

The Māori surfer is one contestant of eight in the Ultimate Waterman competition, which sees competitors from around the world battle it out in six different surfing disciplines over eight days in New Zealand.

Kereopa jumped to lead of the competition after winning the long-board discipline last night.

Kereopa entered the water ranked seven of eight athletes, but the win took him straight to the top.

There's only one discipline to go, the stand-up paddle board section, which will be held tomorrow at Mission Bay.

Hopefully the only New Zealander in the competition can hold on to first place.