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