New Zealand Surfing - - Dream Lines -

Prac­tice makes per­fect and for groms the more prac­tice they get can ex­cel their surf­ing within a few weeks of waves. But when you come from a coast­line that isn’t renowned for con­sis­tent waves, that isn’t the most con­ducive en­vi­ron­ment for learn­ing, yet the star­va­tion of waves sure makes you hun­gry. For Cal­lum Chuter the chance to at­tend the Raglan Surf Academy was an easy de­ci­sion, so for the last year he has left be­hind his home town of Mt Maun­ganui in re­turn for the con­sis­tency of the West Coast and his surf­ing has gone from strength to strength and landed him the NZ Surf Mag Dragon Ris­ing Grom.

Age: 16 Nick­names: Shooter, Chutes

Where were you born and grew up? I was born in Auck­land but moved to Tau­ranga when I was about 1.

Boards: 5’6” x 18 3/4” x 2 3/16”, 5’8” x 17 1/2” x 2 1/8”, 5’8” x 17 3/4” x 2 1/8” All shaped by Sean Newton @ SND surf­boards Spon­sors: SND surf­boards

Con­test re­sults: 2nd U16 boys Scholas­tics 2013, 4th Whanga­mata Bil­l­abong Grom se­ries U16 boys 2013, 4th Taranaki Grom­fest U16 boys 2013, 5th over­all un­der 16 Na­tional Grom se­ries 2013, 4th U16 boys Bil­l­abong Grom se­ries 2013, 3rd over­all Bay Board­rid­ers U16 2013

When did you start surf­ing and what on? I started surf­ing when I was about eight on a body­board but for my 11th birth­day my par­ents bought me a 6’2” Solid surf­board and I have been hooked since then. Who have been your big­gest influences grow­ing up surf­ing in the Mount? Grow­ing up around the Mount, Alex Dive, Matt He­witt and Tim O’Con­nor be­cause I al­ways saw pic­tures of them and surfed around them when I was real young and now they are com­pet­ing in­ter­na­tion­ally. If you were to at­tribute your suc­cess as a grom to one thing, what would it be? I would have to say just surf­ing heaps, lis­ten­ing to what coaches had to say and also trav­el­ling as much as I could when the Mount goes flat for a few weeks. How im­por­tant has mak­ing the move to live and study in raglan at the surf academy been for your surf­ing de­vel­op­ment? It has been so im­por­tant for my surf­ing de­vel­op­ment, I used to surf once or twice a week back in Tau­ranga but now I surf ev­ery day and Deane and Larry film me and give me coach­ing ev­ery surf so that helps so much. Also hav­ing such qual­ity waves each day is great be­cause I can prac­tice heaps. Will you be com­plet­ing your school­ing at the academy? And what af­ter that? I’m plan­ning on do­ing year 12 at the Surf Academy, and see what hap­pens for year 13. If not I’ll prob­a­bly go back to Tau­ranga for year 13. Af­ter the academy I’m go­ing to go back to the Mount and con­tinue my train­ing to be­com­ing a pi­lot.

Favourite waves in NZ: The Is­land, Manu Bay, Indies and Rua­puke Worst wave in NZ: Shark Al­ley

Big­gest waves tack­led: De­pends how you mea­sure it but prob­a­bly 5-6 foot Manu Bay.

Best ses­sion ever: At the start of this year I had the best ses­sion at Manu Bay low tide down the sand bar, it was 4-5 ft re­ally con­sis­tent, no wind, su­per clean, the odd bar­rel and just kept get­ting wave af­ter wave with only half the Academy boys out.

Favourite surfers: Kelly Slater, John John Florence, Dane Reynolds and Ricardo Christie.

Tricks or power surf­ing? Trick surf­ing be­cause it feels sick when you land an air or re­verse.

Over­seas travel? I went to Aussie at the start of this year and surfed all the Goldy for a week and it was pump­ing, I’ve also surfed in Eng­land which was freez­ing!

Waves you’d most like to surf over­seas? I’d re­ally like to go on a boat trip round the Mentawais with my best mates. Also Bali, Snap­per and Tres­tles.

Goals: Win a Grom con­test. To make the NZ Worlds team be­fore I’m too old. Get a spon­sor­ship. Surf till

I’m In­ter­ests: su­per old. Surf­ing, Fly­ing, Skat­ing, Trav­el­ling

Favourite food: Sushi! If you where a car­toon char­ac­ter what would you be? Prob­a­bly Cu­ri­ous Ge­orge, ha­hah, be­cause I al­ways do weird things.

What an­noys you the most? No surf and bad


Dis­likes: No surf, snakes, drop ins, dings in my boards and mush­rooms.

Best thing you have ever done: Started surf­ing and go­ing to the Raglan Surf Academy.

Sil­li­est thing you have ever done: Broke my foot run­ning down­stairs so I was out of the wa­ter for six weeks.

If you won lotto what would you do: Buy a plane, go on a surf trip to Mentawais, give some to my par­ents and char­ity.

What are your thoughts on smok­ing? Don’t like it and I will never try it.

Shout outs: My fam­ily Mum and Dad, Sis­ter, Brother and Nana. Thanks to Deane and Larry at Surf Academy for coach­ing and video­ing me. Sean Newton for mak­ing my boards, Matt Hall for the wet­suits, Ge­off Hutchieson from Back­door. My friends An­drew, Maddy, Si­mon, Tay­lor, Harry, Levi, Eddi, Billy, Mor­gan and all the other Surf Academy.

Cal­lum on one of the fruits of go­ing to the Surf Academy, he gets to surf waves like Manu Bay dur­ing school time! Photo: Cory


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