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New Zealand is one of the places that fly some­what be­neath the radar on the surf front. We have an in­ter­na­tional rep­u­ta­tion as be­ing a clean green coun­try, but New Zealand is not high on the in­ter­na­tional radar when it comes to surf. Maybe it’s the fact that our oceans are that much colder, or maybe it’s the fact that half of the world doesn’t even know where New Zealand is? What­ever the rea­son, we’re quite happy to keep our own lit­tle piece of surf par­adise to our­selves. This has not stopped New Zealand pro­duc­ing some world class surfers, how­ever, with Paige Hareb and Maz Quinn our two most suc­cess­ful in­ter­na­tional surfers to date. Last year Raglan’s Billy Stair­mand be­came a world known name when he beat the leg­endary Kelly Slater and Sarah Ma­son was one step away from qual­i­fy­ing for the World Tour. In the re­cent Na­tion­als held at Piha, Thandi Tipene shone tak­ing out the main event from some on form ri­vals.

Although surfers (and Ki­wis in par­tic­u­lar) are some­what reluc­tant to share their waves, Taranaki has stepped up to the plate once more and in April this year will be host­ing the TSB Bank New Zealand Surf Fes­ti­val. The past two years have been a huge suc­cess and this year the event will host even more events. Be sure to look out for your favourite in­ter­na­tional surfers as well as the next gen­er­a­tion of lo­cal surfers bit­ing at their heels. This is an event you do not want to miss!

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