New Zealand Surfing - - News - Al­bee layer

You hear it when you travel, you read it in the travel mag­a­zines and on­line. New Zealand, our coun­try, has a rep­u­ta­tion as the most beau­ti­ful, serene and un­touched place on the planet. A visit to our shores is on most tourists 'Bucket List'. As lo­cals it is easy to take what we have for granted, so we thought from now on we would catch up with vis­it­ing surfers that we run into on our trav­els and get the word from them on their ex­pe­ri­ences while tak­ing in the waves, views and vibes of Aotearoa. It just might make you ap­pre­ci­ate how good we have it just that lit­tle bit more. This is­sue we fea­ture su­per­star freesurfer Al­bee Layer who hails from Maui, Hawaii. Al­bee shot to promi­nence when he won the In­ner­sec­tion video comp with aerial surf­ing that de­fied logic, he is the only surfer to have ever pulled off a 720 al­ley-oop and he re­cently spent a month punt­ing through NZ air space, we catch up with Al­bee on his time up in the Long White Cloud.

WHAT BRINGS YOU TO NZ THIS TIME? I came to New Zealand to try and film a part for a movie project a few oth­ers and my­self have been

work­ing on this year called 'At­trac­tive Dis­trac­tions'.

WHEN DID YOU FIRST COME TO NZ? AND WHAT WERE YOUR INI­TIAL THOUGHTS? My first trip to New Zealand I was eight months old and my par­ents took me all around the coun­try as a baby. I don't re­mem­ber much but it was the first place I stood on a surf board, on land but yeah... haha.


THE BIG THUMBS UP IN TERMS OF AT­TRACT­ING YOU HERE? For me New Zealand is one of my favourite places I have ever been, if not the best. Mostly be­cause of the vibe and the people. It re­minds me a lot of the town I live in on Maui but the whole coun­try seems to be in the vibe. Lots of farms, open space, rolling hills and it was a place if you were OK with not surf­ing the BEST spot ev­ery day you could prob­a­bly surf by yourself at a spot al­most as good, and as a trav­eller too, many other surfers is the num­ber one thing I try to avoid.

SO HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN HERE? AND WHAT HAVE YOU EX­PE­RI­ENCED? We spent up­wards of two weeks in NZ and ex­pe­ri­enced a lot. From be­ing told we can’t film waves, which I to­tally un­der­stand, to bbq’s with all the friends and people we knew, some great waves, some re­ally frus­trat­ing waves, check­ing cray pots, fish­ing, div­ing. We did a lot on this trip.

WHERE HAVE YOU SCORED THE BEST SURF DUR­ING YOUR STAYS? The best surf was kind of by chance. Just a semi ran­dom rip bowl at a beachy. The way the cur­rent and swell were go­ing it made this kind of up­hill right that had a nice bar­rel at the be­gin­ning then tonnes of sec­tions for turns or airs.

SO WILL YOU BE BACK ANY­TIME SOON? You boys are gonna prob­a­bly get sick of me cause I could see my­self liv­ing there some day.

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