New Zealand Surfing - - Introducing -

Mako­rori’s favourite son Bobby Hansen was a grom­met prodigy who was ex­pected to pick up the man­tle of Maz Quinn. Bobby was un­stop­pable as a ju­nior win­ning the U14, U16 and U18 na­tional ti­tles mul­ti­ple times. As a 15-year-old Bobby set a record that has yet to be beaten by win­ning the U16, U18 and Open ti­tle at the big­gest com­pe­ti­tion at the time the 2001 Mahia Easter Clas­sic. In 2000 as a 14-year-old Bobby went on to place 4th at the Quik­sil­ver World Grom­met Ti­tles and fol­lowed up in 2001 with a 2nd place in the U16’s only months after shoul­der re­con­struc­tion. Over the next few years Bobby had a to­tal of 4 shoul­der re­con­struc­tion surg­eries which saw him with more time out of the wa­ter than in it. Still Bobby per­formed re­mark­ably well in the Aus­tralasian Pro Ju­nior se­ries con­stantly beat­ing some of the big­gest names off the sport. He then went on to com­pete on the WQS tour where he picked up a ca­reer best place of 3rd in the 4,000 Vendee Surf Pro WQS in France and fin­ished ranked as high as 79th in 2007. Bobby also won the NZ Na­tional Cir­cuit in 2012. Bobby was also awarded the wild card into the Rip Curl Padang Cup in 2013 where he went as far as the quar­ter fi­nals against the best tube rid­ers in the world.

Bobby still push­ing the lim­its in his surf­ing. Photo: Cory

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