BE­HIND THE COVER

New Zealand Surfing - - Between Sets -

This is­sues cover fea­tures none other than Gis­borne’s Da­mon Gun­ness, for­merly known as ‘Grom’ and then a man who grew into ‘DG’. Da­mon was the Na­tional Cham­pion in 2002 as well as rep­re­sent­ing the Sil­ver Fern a tonne of times at World Cham­pi­onships and WQS events. While this cover was shot on an epic day dur­ing our re­cent Pita Pit Roady fea­tured on Pg34, the type of day that you could travel the world over for years on end and still never score a ses­sion like this! Yet there is more to this photo and this wave that Da­mon is lodged inside, this isn’t just about that one per­fect ses­sion, this is about a man's in­fat­u­a­tion with a wave, a man who has ded­i­cated more time and ef­fort into tam­ing this wave, learn­ing its in­tri­ca­cies, its moods, and a man who knows each sec­tion of this reef inch by inch more so than any other that has ever surfed here! This is re­ward for the sac­ri­fices and com­mit­ment of­fered up in search of the ul­ti­mate wave. Con­grats DG it’s been a plea­sure to wit­ness. Photo: Cory

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