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