NZ SURF MAG #175 May - June 2017
After one of the best runs of surf for all areas of the country for many years, this issue hits the shelves timed with a vibe of surf stoke overload. Not only has the West Coast been pumping, but after a rather lacklustre summer the East Coast turned on week after week fuelled by tropical lows and cyclones. Even as we went to print more Cyclones were forming high in the Pacific and the hype meter was soaring. It’s now mid May and this must have to be a record run of Cyclone formation so late in the season, yet we won’t complain, just when surfers have gained their energy levels back and recouped from their aching muscles, another swell rolls in!
In this issue we feature:
We hear from the Ed representing the ‘Old Boys’ touching on the lack of respect creeping into our lineups.
One of Otago’s finest sons lands his first COVER! For Elliot Brown this is the icing on the cake after what has been an incredible year so far for the Dunno’s teen. Back in January at the National Champs Elliot blew minds and took out the Most Outstanding Performance Award, as well as winning the Presidents Scholarship, which will see Elliot paddling out at Cloudbreak later this winter for a week of intensive reef training. We joined Elliot and two of his closest mates on another epic Pita Pit Roady where they showed us around around their epic local coastline venturing to the ‘Tunnel Of Love’.
While the current run of perfect swells will be making you think ‘Why go anywhere else!’ You would have felt the days have become colder, the water has chilled, and the daylight hours are short. This is the time of year that kiwi surfers choose to TRAVEL, and while Indo has long been the location of choice, we offer up several Pacific locales which are closer, cheaper and can at the same time deliver epic surf, in Norfolk Island and Fiji.
While on the topic of Cyclones, kiwi surfers have benefited from at least five seperate tropical storms so far this year, yet the most hyped and ferocious of them all was CYCLONE COOK! This beast hit the country with menacing fury and for surfers the country over, delivered a long run of groomed swell, in some areas for up to a week! We feature Cook’s goods.
The Ultimate Waterman is an event based here in NZ in one of the most rugged and testing environments on the planet, where the most rounded watermen on the planet go head to head for the title of The Ultimate Waterman. This years event was based in Southland and while the event is comprised of many different water borne disciplines, Southland is home to some of the country’s best surf and we feature those sessions and some of the most respected surfers on the planet who make up the entrants.
In our EXPOSURE photospread we feature the gems from sessions over the last few months- Manu Scott-Arietta locked in a Northland slab, Ben Rees souther layback, the skills in the pit of Jamie Civil, the lunch break punts of Braedon Williams, and much more!
Also in this issue we catch up with:
Roger Hall of Surfline Surfboards uncovers the mystery of surfboard fins
Paige Hareb takes in Bermuda during her World Tour quest.
Kehu Butler flies the flag winning a Pro-Junior and rubbing shoulders with the worlds best.
13 year old Okato girl Ariana Shewry inspires as the Rising From
Jamie ‘Chip’ Andrews of Beach Street Surf Shop.
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