New Zealand Surfing - - Rising / Grom -

Since the early 70's when whis­pers of empty trop­i­cal per­fec­tion be­gan fil­ter­ing through the surf­ing world, ki­wis have been there along­side the Aus­tralians and Amer­i­cans, at the fore­front of In­done­sian surf dis­cov­ery. Renowned for our great sense of ad­ven­ture and hard core “live off the smell of an oily rag” way of life, ki­wis have been there in the back­ground dur­ing, and even be­fore, the an­nounce­ment and claims of dis­cov­ery to the world. In the era of early 70's when Uluwatu was dis­played to the world Ki­wis were there, when Jerry Lopez and friends lifted the lid on G-Land, Ki­wis were there, and when the Mentawai Is­lands were com­pletely blown wide open by Martin Da­ley, Ki­wis were and had al­ready been there! The dif­fer­ence was Ki­wis were born from a cul­ture of un­der­state­ment and pre­ferred to steer clear of the lime­light and sim­ply surf these per­fect waves all to them­selves. Times have changed big time in In­done­sian surf­ing since those early pioneer­ing days but one thing has never changed, Indo has and al­ways will been a place that Ki­wis feel con­nected to, a place where magic hap­pens, and year af­ter year kiwi surfers young and old, rekin­dle or in­duct them­selves into the spell of Indo.

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