MACKENZ IE CHRISTIE

New Zealand Surfing - - Rising Grom -

There is a say­ing that if you sur­round your­self with suc­cess you will be suc­cess­ful, this mo­ti­va­tional quote couldn’t ring truer for young surfers of Mt Maun­ganui. For over three gen­er­a­tions Mount surfers have been in the lead­ing pack of tal­ent hail­ing from our shores, more im­por­tantly those suc­cess­ful surfers, some who have gone on to be Na­tional Cham­pi­ons or rep­re­sent our flag have be­come in­volved in their lo­cal com­mu­nity and in­spired the younger gen­er­a­tion to the point where the step­ping stones and foun­da­tions have al­ready been laid for any young surfer that wants to grab the bull by the horns. This is­sue we fea­ture one such grom by the name of Macken­zie Christie.

Age: 18 Nick­names: Mac, Chris, Critty Where were you born and grew up? Born in Tau­ranga and have grown up be­tween there and the Mount.

Boards: SND Surf­boards 5’11” x 18 3/4” x 2 5/16” squash tail, 5’10” x 19 1/8” x 2 1/4” fish, 5’11” x 18 1/2” x 2 1/4” round tail.

Spon­sors: West and SND surf­boards who’ve helped me till now. And of course mum & dad. Still look­ing for the big one.

Con­test re­sults: 1st U18 Back­door Grom­bash, 29th U18 World Ju­niors 2012, 49th U18 World Ju­niors 2013, 3rd U20 Ripcurl Pro, 3rd U18 Sec­ondary Schools Comp 2012 & 2013 also some oth­ers when I was younger.

When did you start surf­ing and what on?: When I was around nine or ten my dad’s mate was frus­trated at his daugh­ters who didn’t want to learn so he took me out on his own first ever board, an old yel­low Si­mon An­der­son. Who have been your big­gest influences grow­ing

up surf­ing in the Mount? Con­sid­er­ing how bad the waves of­ten are here there are so many good surfers. Alex Dive and Matt He­witt have al­ways been ones too look up to as they are a few years older than me and do­ing well in com­pe­ti­tions etc.. as I’ve wanted to. Surf­ing with Alex and all my other mates pushes my surf­ing heaps. All the other good lo­cal surfers like Timmy O’Con­nor and the old boys Matty Ben­nett and Owen Barnes surf amaz­ing too haha.

If you were to at­tribute your suc­cess as a grom

to one thing, what would it be? How keen all my mates are to surf, you can never get out of not go­ing out.

Favourite waves in NZ: The points in Raglan, Matakana Is­land, Cut­ters Cove and I’m yet to score Ship­pies but I reckon that will rank up there. .

Worst wave in NZ: Piha Bar when it’s five foot and clos­ing out and the comps on.

Big­gest waves tack­led: Jor­dan Grif­fen got writ­ten off for say­ing some­thing ridicu­lous in this sec­tion so I’ll leave it blank.

Best ses­sion ever: Hard to pin­point one ses­sion but one of the many pump­ing surfs at the Is­land with all my mates.

Favourite surfers: Mick Fan­ning, Jordy Smith and

Andy Irons.

Tricks or power surf­ing? Love to say tricks but they aren’t my forte and I love a good power carve.

Over­seas travel? For surf­ing - Aussie a cou­ple times, Panama and Nicaragua. USA and Hawaii when I was younger with the fam­ily.

Waves you’d most like to surf over­seas? Desert Point In­done­sia, that hell left in Africa that bar­rels for­ever and I hear Cloud Break is pretty sick.

Goals: Keep im­prov­ing with my surf­ing as much as pos­si­ble and travel a lot. Hope­fully try do a Pro Ju­nior or two and do as well as I can.. In­ter­ests: Bas­ket­ball, and hang­ing out with the boys.

Favourite food: De­stroy­ing the Raglan Bak­ery af­ter

a long surf. If you where a car­toon char­ac­ter what would you be? Gottta love Peter Grif­fen, he’s a leg­end or the

Avatar would be pretty cool.

What an­noys you the most? When the only place to surf is the Main Beach and ev­ery sin­gle per­son who surfs in the Mount is out there. Dis­likes: Older guys that snob you.

Best thing you have ever done: Moved over to the Mount from Tau­ranga. It took many years of nag­ging the olds but now I surf twice as much and all my mates are here. Thanks mum and dad!!!

Sil­li­est thing you have ever done: Put the car key just loose in my wet­tie when I went for a swim af­ter my surf, hop­ing it would stay. It started in my chest and I thought it was still al­right, then it got down to my leg, still al­right, next wave I went un­der..... never to be seen again. Mum had to drive an hour to come and res­cue me and dad. Let’s just say she wasn’t too happy.

If you won lotto what would you do: We all think about this one a lot. I’d shout all the boys on a trip to Bali or some is­land. Then buy a wave pool in my back­yard of the new man­sion I’d just bought on the beach. Then if there was any money left make mil­lions more on some smart in­vest­ment haha

Shout outs: Mum and dad have to come first for all the time they’ve spent driv­ing me round the place. All my mates for push­ing my surf­ing and get­ting me amped. And Cory Scott for get­ting me a ris­ing grom, thought I was gonna miss out haha.

Photo: Cory

The grom they call Mac has been im­press­ing for some time es­pe­cially with his patented power snap.

EV­ERY IS­SUE’S DRAGON RIS­ING GROM SCORES A SICK DRAGON PACK!

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