Dream Lines

Cel­e­brat­ing the won­ders of Aotearoa's shores and the days that we all dream of scor­ing!

New Zealand Surfing - - 5 On Five -

A semi se­cret East Coast reef which more of­ten than not turns on in times of tor­ren­tial rain and gale force winds, sees a dream day with blue skies and a light off­shore, a day for the record books! Photo: Cory

Man­gawhai Heads is one of the clos­est East Coast spots for Auck­land surfers, yet not many ever sam­ple its clas­sic bar break when it turns on ev­ery few years. While sev­eral other clas­sic sand bars have fallen vic­tim to de­vel­op­ment and sand min­ing in this re­gion over the years, ev­ery so of­ten Man­gawhai turns on to re­mind us of what is worth pro­tect­ing! Photo: Gar­den.

O tago surfers have spent the last few years fight­ing to pro­tect their beloved Aramoana. On its day quite eas­ily one of the best beach breaks in the coun­try, sadly in re­cent years with dredg­ing of the har­bour mouth and port and dump­ing of spoil­ing un­reg­u­lated, days like this are be­com­ing less of an oc­cur­rence. Re­cently it was an­nounced the lo­cal surfers and con­cerned res­i­dents have lost their bat­tle to im­ple­ment some sci­en­tific stud­ies and ac­count­abil­ity. Mean­ing the Port of Otago will gain con­sent to fur­ther deepen the har­bour and dump spoil in the swell win­dow with­out any ap­pro­pri­ate mon­i­tor­ing. Con­sid­er­ing this and two other pre­mier breaks nearby are pro­tected by the NZ Coastal Pol­icy State­ment is­sued in 2010 and man­aged by the Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion it sure makes a mock­ery of any Gov­ern­ment pol­icy. Let’s hope that waves such as th­ese in the fu­ture don’t turn into dreams of the past! Photo: Cory.

Sadly another break that has ful­filled the stoke me­ter for many a surfer over the last 50 years could also be un­der threat as the Tau­ranga Port looks to ex­pand to make way for more and big­ger ships to bring in more money to the re­gion. With the ship­ping lanes to be dredged much deeper and wider will the type of waves that fill Bay Of Plenty surfers dreams still be pump­ing at Matakana in the fu­ture? Only time will tell. But as many ex­po­nents that were anti the dredg­ing now quiet af­ter prom­ises of money were made, it’s now a cer­tainty that a few dol­lars mean more to some in our com­mu­ni­ties than the fu­tures of some of our nat­u­ral won­ders. Is this an ap­pro­pri­ate time to re­mind you all of the Rena? Photo: Cory.

Only min­utes af­ter wak­ing from a dream, Wainui Beach of­fers up the type of wave you were prob­a­bly dream­ing of all night. You pinch your­self to see if you’re still asleep. Photo: Cory

North Piha do­ing a de­cent im­pres­sion of a Mex­i­can beach break at 8-10 foot, with not a soul in sight. Photo: Napes.

Napier’s City Reef has been the sta­ple diet for many Hawkes Bay surfers over the years, as well as the nurs­ery for groms to get to grips with the art of shred­ding be­fore grad­u­at­ing down the coast to the shin­gle dredg­ing river bar waves. Photo: Cory.

Af­ter an hours walk down the steep leg burn­ing Coro­man­del hills you are greeted by an empty beach with an epic wave to spoil your­self rot­ten. The stuff dreams are made of! Photo: Napes.

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