New Zealand Surfing - - Between Sets -

Nick­names? Te Mama, The En­forcer and a cou­ple of oth­ers which I won’t delve into.

Mar­ried/Fam­ily at all? Or re­la­tion­ship? In a re­la­tion­ship with Ma­ree.

Where do you live? Sun­ny­vale, West Auck­land near the foothills of the Waitakere Ranges.

When and how did you first get in to surf­ing? My Grandma owned a bach on the cor­ner of Hart Street and Marine Pa­rade, Mt Maun­ganui. My cousin showed me the ropes and there was never a lack of boards at the bach to try out.

Travel? OZ many times, Indo, Bali, France, Fiji, Ha--

waii, USA, Por­tu­gal, Ire­land, Eng­land.

Favourite place to surf? Any place where the crowds are man­age­able and the waves are pump­ing.

Your per­fect surf ses­sion? Punchy peaky beach breaks.

Your stance on lo­cal­ism? Be re­spect­ful and aware of the lo­cals so you don’t be­come a vic­tim of lo­cal­ism.

Any bain's at your lo­cal? Sum­mer time crowds and any­one who rides over­sized surf­ing equip­ment e.g. Not a short board

Other in­ter­ests? En­vi­ron­ment, land­scap­ing, bas­ket­ball, mu­sic.

Oc­cu­pa­tion? Team Leader at Min­istry for Pri­mary


Life high­light? Trav­el­ling through Europe in 2007 for eight months, be­ing based in Lon­don re­ally opens your eyes to how for­tu­nate we are to live in Aotearoa. Fave beer? Zee­landt Beer from Hawkes Bay.

Rugby or league? League Shout outs! To Greeny, Lin­den, Kyle, Alaric and the Bethells Boyz. Coff Dog, Napes, Chongy, CPL, Hay­den Cham­ber­lain (HC Surf­boards), The Hawkers, Jer­mal, El­liot and the Piha whanau.

We’re re­serv­ing this spot for those lo­cal guys & girls that adorn surf spots the length of Aotearoa, liv­ing for the pu­rity and stoke of each and ev­ery surf at their lo­cal. They don’t chase the lime­light, nor re­ally care what is go­ing on amongst the world surf­ing scene. They’re just surf­ing for the love of it, when­ever they can. This is­sue we’re in­tro­duc­ing Bay­don Hill from the greater sub­urbs of Piha.

Af­ter ap­ply­ing for and be­ing granted a travel visa to head as far north as Maori Bay for the day, the ex­tra ef­fort paid off with a ses­sion of Mud Bay Baz­zas. Photo: FarCoff.

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