MOTU / MATA A

New Zealand Surfing - - Introducing -

The orig­i­nal su­per grom! The name Motu Mata a was heard around the coun­try’s line­ups well be­fore he was seen. Motz as he be­came known, had the at­ten­tion of the coun­try when he ap­peared on the cover of NZ Surf Mag as a 15 year old. Two years later at the 1992 Na­tional Champs in Gis­borne Motu went on to cre­ate his­tory by be­com­ing the first surfer to win both the Ju­nior and Open ti­tle at the same cham­pi­onships, he was also at the time our youngest cham­pion. Motz went on to com­pete on the Pro- Ju­nior Se­ries across the Tas­man where he beat the then talk of the surf­ing world Kelly Slater in a heat at Bells. Motz con­tin­ued to surf the NZ con­test cir­cuit al­ways be­ing a threat at the busi­ness end of com­pe­ti­tion.

ABOVE: Motu, the first ever dou­ble champ. RIGHT: Photo by Spence.

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