INTRODUCING BAYDON HILL
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.