New Zealand Surfing - - Introducing -

In an era where the best three waves, long­est rides and most wig­gles were dom­i­nat­ing surf­ing con­test cri­te­ria, along came JM! Hail­ing from the Taranaki strong hold of Waitara JM brought a no non­sense power surf­ing ap­proach to any size wave, com­pletely de­stroy­ing the lump of wa­ter he rode with mas­sive hacks and at times free­ing the tail, a ma­noeu­vre many years be­fore its time. In his prime JM was a staunch com­peti­tor and he sent the fear into those who pad­dled out in the same heat. In 1988 JM won the first of his Na­tional Ti­tles and made the NZ Team to the ISA World Ti­tles in Puerto Rico where he fin­ished 13th in the Open and 4th in the Long­board. In 1989 JM was in dom­i­nant form win­ning 5 out of the 7 Na­tional Pro-Am Cir­cuit comps, in those days you dropped your two worst re­sults so JM fin­ished the year with a per­fect record and the Na­tional Cir­cuit win. After the 88 World Ti­tles the NZ Team stopped in to Hawaii on their way home and JM im­me­di­ately im­pressed in the pow­er­ful waves of the North Shore. Be­ing Maori JM was mis­taken for Hawai­ian and racked up some im­pres­sive wave counts at Pipe­line, Back­door and Off The Wall, the hard­est line­ups in the world to score waves. JM fell in love with Hawaii and has re­turned sev­eral times. JM’s ca­reer was hin­dered for a num­ber of years when a back in­jury made surf­ing im­pos­si­ble, after a long pe­riod of re­hab JM re­turned to the com­pe­ti­tion cir­cuit on his come­back and won the 1994 Na­tional Champs in Dunedin. And then also re­turned to Na­tional Team for the ISA World Ti­tles in Brazil. These days JM ded­i­cates his time to sup­port­ing the Waitara and Maori surf­ing com­mu­ni­ties, as well as his role as pres­i­dent of Surf­ing Taranaki, where he uses his ex­pe­ri­ence to men­tor and di­rect the youth.

ABOVE: Un­doubtably the most pow­er­ful surfer to ever grace a board on NZ waves. Photo: Spence IN­SET POR­TRAIT: The sun­glasses say it all “Leg­end”

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