New Zealand Surfing - - Introducing -

Straight out of Gis­borne John Gisby was a late bloomer to con­test surf­ing win­ning his first NZ se­nior Over 28 ti­tle in 1984. Since then the man known as Gis has dom­i­nated the more se­nior di­vi­sions of the Na­tional Cham­pi­onships with 35 Na­tional Ti­tles across the se­nior to Over 60’s di­vi­sions. He has 10 gold medals in the NZ Mas­ters Games and over 60 Gis­borne Board­rid­ers ti­tles. He has won the Easter Mas­ters Cham­pi­onships 12 times. In 2003 Gisby’s great­est ac­co­lade and one he is so proud of went down when he won the ISA World Mas­ters Cham­pi­onships in the Over 45’s di­vi­sion. From this re­sult, he won Gis­borne Sportsper­son of the year and was in­ducted into the Gis­borne Sport Hall of Fame. Gisby fol­lowed up his form in 2004 win­ning the Pan Pa­cific Mas­ters in Aus­tralia. On any given day when the surf is co-op­er­at­ing you will still find 64-year-old Gisby out at one of his favourite Gis­borne breaks and the fire still burns deep, and there is still talk of adding to that ti­tle streak!

LEFT: John Gisby in 84 Mag­num PI mode. BELOW: Gisby dur­ing a re­cent 6 hour ses­sion at his lo­cal. Photo: Derek Fryer

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