BE­HIND / THE / COVER

New Zealand Surfing - - Between Sets -

Billy Stair­mand is one busy man! Con­stantly trav­el­ling around the world liv­ing out of a suit­case can be­come quite drain­ing, and although it is seen that you have the dream job, be­ing able to surf for a liv­ing, when you fi­nally ar­rive home after months on the road, the last thing you re­ally want to do is head back out on the road chas­ing waves. Kick­ing back, re­fu­elling, and spend­ing time with loved ones be­fore jet-set­ting off again is pri­or­ity. So it’s taken quite some time to get Billy on one of our leg­endary Pita Pit Roady’s.Yet only days be­fore he was due in South Africa, Billy called up to see if we were head­ing on any trips in the next while? When in­formed that in fact we were head­ing away the very next day, be­ing a Raglan boy true to his home town, Bill piped up with his best sales pitch for get­ting us to Raglan. “It’s gonna be pump­ing, you should just come here!” was the claim. Sure Raglan is a great place to visit, but we’ve seen what Billy can do on his home waves plenty enough. It was time to drag the lad to some­where a lit­tle dif­fer­ent. When told that we were head­ing to Taranaki and that the coun­try’s top ju­nior Kehu But­ler was locked in, Billy was sold! Turns out Billy had not been to Taranaki in years, not since a grom in fact, and on the Roady he got to surf many waves he had never seen be­fore. With the two tal­ented surfers feed­ing off each others ta­lents and en­ergy, the roady was great prep for both surfers up com­ing in­ter­na­tional comps. On our very first surf of the trip, the two were go­ing toe to toe, wave for wave. When the most in­tense West Coast sun­set flared up, our pho­tog­ra­pher Cory Scott sprinted up and down the beach, at times ly­ing in the wet sand, know­ing that if one of the lads launched an epic im­age would tran­spire. Yet on his very next wave Billy straight­ened out and came in. Cozza was straight on it, show­ing Billy what could be cre­ated on the back of the cam­era, so Bill was straight back out there and on his next wave he nailed this cover shot. Stoked team all round!

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