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This morn­ing was a chilly start to the day as I made my way to the of­fice, hav­ing pulled not one but two pairs of wooly socks from deep within my draw for the first time this year. While I was dig­ging around I stum­bled across a beanie as well and thought "Why not?" Af­ter all it was damn freez­ing. As my hands wrapped around my warm cup of cof­fee, thaw­ing me out, it got me think­ing surely it must be time to look at a trip some­where warm, af­ter all it's all downhill from here. Through­out the day as I edited pics shot on these shores it got me think­ing. Do I re­ally need to go over­seas to get a buzz from trav­el­ling? Sure I love go­ing to the trop­ics, pulling off those wooly socks in ex­change for my speedos and a healthy dose of in­sect re­pel­lent so I can tan the rig with­out wor­ry­ing about com­ing home with a dose of dengue. The dif­fer­ent taste of cul­tures that you get to ex­pe­ri­ence, the new friends you meet and the warm wa­ter tubes are price­less mo­ments that will live with you for­ever. Then there are those trips where you find yourself check­ing the fore­cast back home when things get a lit­tle slow and start kick­ing yourself that you've missed an epic ses­sion some­where you've been try­ing to score for years. You see there is more to our own coun­try than meets the eye. Just the other day I was watch­ing a wildlife doco on a cold wet Sun­day arvo on Farewell Spit, this made me think, here is a huge piece of NZ that I haven't yet vis­ited and I then got out a map and went over where else I hadn't spent a lot or any time, places that had al­ways ap­pealed for many dif­fer­ent rea­sons; some iso­lated, oth­ers eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble, yet al­ways over­looked for a trip to the trop­ics. Sum­mer­time in NZ is all-time and this is backed up by a pop­u­la­tion of fans aside from the ski bun­nies, yet there are trips I've done dur­ing win­ter that are just as mind blow­ing just in a dif­fer­ent way. That fresh­ness of the win­ter air, the fresh dust­ing of snow on the sur­round­ing moun­tains and some­times snow on the beach, those are real thrills. The waves dur­ing this time can also be in­cred­i­ble, yet pretty cold and empty which is an­other bonus. Twenty years ago I'd have never given thought to mak­ing the most of the colder months at home, yet we now have ac­cess to all this new tech­nol­ogy where the wa­ter temp sim­ply doesn't mat­ter. Gone are the days when you couldn't move in a win­ter suit and still came in un­able to talk or turn the key in your car door. There is a real move­ment amongst the world surf­ing fra­ter­nity to­ward cold wa­ter des­ti­na­tions such as Nor­way, Canada, Ire­land and Scot­land, yet here in NZ we have an en­vi­ron­ment with a world­wide rep­u­ta­tion as be­ing mind­blow­ing, and as Kiwi's all we want to do is fol­low the sun. This isn't a lit­er­ary piece of what is wrong or right, just a mus­ing to get you think­ing out­side the square af­ter all those same ex­pe­ri­ences you can get from trav­el­ling abroad are avail­able here, just a colder form. If you want to talk in a dif­fer­ent lan­guage head to your lo­cal fish and chip store, they'd be so blown away you'll prob­a­bly score a free feed. If you want to try dif­fer­ent food then head to Auck­land’s viaduct or any restau­rant zone in any ma­jor town where var­i­ous cui­sine is avail­able. Yeah I know it’s not quite the cliché hol­i­day you've prob­a­bly dreamt of and if hook­ing up with Ozzie or Euro girls in Bali is your usual rea­son for an Indo trip then head to Queen­stown, and surf the South Coast or the Catlins by day, you'll more than likely be sur­prised. But wher­ever your trip­ping takes you this year most of all be safe and have fun. Right time to get those speedos dusted off I'm off to Ro­torua's Kerosene Creek, there's more Euro's there than Indo any­way! Yours in trip­ping for surf Cory Scott

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