New Zealand Surfing - - BETWEEN SETS -

Ev­ery so of­ten in our trav­els we run across gen­uine good sorts, peo­ple that just sim­ply look af­ter oth­ers for the stoke of meet­ing new crew and shar­ing a few laughs and good times. The TV chan­nels have be­gun pay­ing homage to peo­ple such as these, so we thought we would jump on the band­wagon and ded­i­cate a col­umn and prize in as­so­ci­a­tion with Rip Curl NZ to each Bro or Bro’ess we come across and run each is­sue. This is­sue we pay re­spect to Mahia’s Neil Gor­don. Hail­ing from a surf zone that at times can be fiercely guarded, Neil is the kind of lo­cal that you could only de­scribe as be­ing firm but fair. You see it’s pretty laid back in these parts and that’s how the lo­cals would pre­fer it to stay, show re­spect and you may gain a friend for life, show up with at­ti­tude and you just may be shown the way to the beach. Their lives are spent in the sea, from fish­ing, div­ing, and when the swell is rolling in they are out amongst the waves. Neil would have to be the keen­est of them all and it isn’t un­com­mon to have him pull up at a break and jump out al­ready in his wet­suit, ex­cited at the view of a wave peel­ing by and some­one to share it with. Neil is also more than ac­com­mo­dat­ing to vis­i­tors, as long as you show that key in­gre­di­ent re­spect, and over the years has been more than happy to share a surf re­port with us, just in case we are miss­ing the swell of the year or driv­ing down for no rea­son. There are also more than a few surfers that have sim­i­lar sto­ries of show­ing up at Mahia and while wait­ing for con­di­tions to come right have found them­selves back at Neil’s place hav­ing a cup of tea on a cold win­ters day. Neil also shares his life with his Ja­panese wife Meechi and their Ki­winese kids Ricu and Mieka, and fre­quently trav­els back to Ja­pan to visit fam­ily and en­joy one of his other loves, snow­board­ing. Neil you are a top man and many thanks from NZ Surf Mag for your friend­ship over the years. We are also open­ing this col­umn to our read­ers, so if any of you out there know of a de­serv­ing can­di­date, that has helped lo­cal surf­ing in any way in your community, and you have pho­to­graphic ev­i­dence of them ei­ther per­form­ing a great ser­vice or shredding in the waves, then send your en­try along with a few words to with Rip Curl Bro of the Is­sue in the sub­ject line.


With it be­ing mid win­ter and no one around, Neil was more than ex­cited to have us show up and join him for a ses­sion at his lo­cal, he had been sit­ting, wait­ing since 6AM in his wet­suit for some­one to show up to surf with.

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