Cel­e­brat­ing Taranaki Surf­ing!

New Zealand Surfing - - Dream Lines -

It seems the sport of surf­ing is so young that when you think of it be­ing in a mu­seum, which is usu­ally as­so­ci­ated with di­nosaurs and our his­toric past it seems aw­fully weird. How­ever when you think of how young the coun­try of NZ is since col­o­niza­tion and that surf­ing is now in its third and fourth gen­er­a­tion and that many parts of NZ par­tic­u­larly coastal towns have been set­tled and shaped by surfers, then that's worth cel­e­brat­ing! Nowhere on our shores has surf­ing had more in­flu­ence on the lo­cal com­mu­nity since its birth than Taranaki, and when the lo­cal au­thor­i­ties re­name the main road 'Surf High­way 45' then that speaks vol­umes as to how im­por­tant surf­ing is here. This sum­mer the Puke Ariki Mu­seum has an ex­hi­bi­tion run­ning which tells the story of how surf­ing has helped shape the lo­cal com­mu­nity ti­tled 'Surf- Shap­ing Taranaki'. With more surf breaks per kilo­me­tre than any­where south of Hawaii, the Taranaki coast­line has al­ways en­ticed surfers to its shores and many call it home as a re­sult. The ex­hi­bi­tion, which runs from 6 De­cem­ber 2013 to 4 May 2014, fea­tures a lineup of per­sonal sto­ries and per­son­al­i­ties, num­ber eight wire in­ge­nu­ity and high-end tech­nol­ogy as well ex­plain­ing the sci­ence be­hind the re­gion’s unique ge­og­ra­phy and how that helps make our west coast waves work. Cel­e­brat­ing the pi­o­neer­ing feats of Taranaki's ear­li­est surfers in the 1950's with such iconic names as Peter Quinn, Nigel Dwyer and Dave Lit­tle­john through to the mod­ern day in­dus­try lead­ers like shaper Cain Aldridge and ev­ery­one in be­tween, it was the con­tri­bu­tions that th­ese surfers have made to the com­mu­nity that prompted Puke Ariki to hold a surf ex­hi­bi­tion. Puke Ariki Di­rec­tor Kelvin Day be­lieves that many peo­ple are un­aware of how surf­ing has af­fected the com­mu­nity and how surfers have helped to shape Taranaki. “Surf­ing has bought peo­ple to Taranaki and en­cour­aged peo­ple to stay, there are a grow­ing num­ber of pro­fes­sion­als whose lives could take them any­where in the world but they choose to set­tle here.” He adds that Taranaki is well known for its farm­ing, the oil and gas in­dus­try but also the surf. “Surf­ing con­trib­utes to who we are as a com­mu­nity; it is part of the fab­ric of Taranaki. It’s a story we haven’t told and it is worth shar­ing and cel­e­brat­ing.” Be­hind th­ese epic Taranaki waves is the per­fect storm of sci­ence, ge­og­ra­phy and a hefty dose of luck which lo­cal com­pany Met Ocean So­lu­tions are work­ing with Puke Ariki to cre­ate dis­plays to help ex­plain. Peter McComb, Met Ocean So­lu­tions oceanog­ra­pher ex­plains, “The hemi­spheric na­ture of the Taranaki coast pro­vides a range of swell ex­po­sures and wind ori­en­ta­tions and the na­ture of the la­har de­po­si­tion from the vol­cano have cre­ated a di­verse range of reefs and other sub­ti­dal struc­tures that pro­duce favourable surf”. If you are in the re­gion over the next five months get down and check it out, it's FREE!. For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.pukeariki.com

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