New Zealand Surfing - - Introducing -

Raised in Taka­puna Auck­land, which in the 1960’s was the surf­ing hub of NZ, Wayne be­gan surf­ing aged 12 and wasted no time rack­ing up our coun­try’s most im­pres­sive com­pe­ti­tion record in only a mat­ter of 9 years con­sid­er­ing Wayne re­tired from com­pe­ti­tion at an age most are only hit­ting their prime aged 21. In 1965, he won his first Na­tional Ti­tle in the ju­niors, be­fore go­ing on a ram­page the year after win­ning 5X con­sec­u­tive Open Na­tional Ti­tles be­tween 1966-70. Wayne rep­re­sented NZ at three World Cham­pi­onships as part of the NZ Team in 1966 Cal­i­for­nia, 1968 Puerto Rico and 1970 Bells Beach Vic­to­ria. Wayne shares the 5X con­sec­u­tive ti­tle run with Ratso, and shares the fact that the two won their ti­tles rid­ing their own shapes. Wayne got his first op­por­tu­nity in the board in­dus­try from Bob Davies and then went onto work and shape in the At­las Woods, Blue Spirit fac­to­ries and un­der the leg­endary Bob McTav­ish over in Aus­tralia, also work­ing along­side Ge­orge Gree­nough. Wayne went on to launch his own la­bel Wayne Parkes Surf­boards which he con­tin­ues to op­er­ate to­day based out of Taka­puna where he has built a rep­u­ta­tion of craft­ing the Fer­raris of the surf­board world. In 1967 Wayne was also recog­nised at the Surf­ing Mag­a­zine Hall of Fame Awards.

ABOVE: With ma­noeu­vres years ahead of his time Wayne dom­i­nated his era IN­SET: Pres­i­dent Peter Fitzsim­mons awards Wayne the Na­tional Ti­tle. Im­ages by Pho­tonews

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