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New Zealand Surfing - - Between Sets -

Af­ter 28 years of pulling on a coloured com­pe­ti­tion vest, the man who is ar­guably our best surfer ever has pulled pin on a com­pet­i­tive ca­reer that took him from grom prodigy to Aus­tralasian Pro-Ju­nior Cham­pion, to WQS World Tour win­ner and our first ever surfer to qual­ify for the World Tour, where in his first event he set a rookie record at the time for the high­est place on de­but. As well as his in­ter­na­tional ex­ploits Maz Quinn won the NZ ti­tle four times and the NZ Cir­cuit Cham­pi­onship so many times we’ve lost count. It would be fair to say that Maz put NZ com­pet­i­tive surf­ing on the map as well as in­tro­duc­ing Aotearoa to the world, with many not even know­ing where we lay. In his prime Maz was in high de­mand, be­ing called on for photo/video shoots all over the world by ev­ery pub­li­ca­tion on the planet, with his pow­er­ful frontside hack and back­hand up­side down vert, freez­ing any­one that would be lucky enough to wit­ness it. Maz’s story is one of great ex­am­ple to the next gen­er­a­tion, that if you want some­thing so bad and you ded­i­cate ev­ery­thing you have to the cause, that you can achieve your wildest dreams. And our fu­ture surfers have Maz to thank for paving the path and open­ing doors so that kiwi surfers are taken se­ri­ously on the world stage. While Maz still takes his surf­ing as se­ri­ous as ever, and can be seen train­ing and get­ting bar­relled all day long when con­di­tions are favourable, the heart­break­ing thing for NZ surf­ing is cur­rently Maz is surf­ing as good as he ever has, and if he should ever con­tem­plate a come­back then look out! Af­ter all the man has just turned 40 while one of his for­mer com­peti­tors Kelly Slater just knocked down 45. Yet re­spect and ad­mi­ra­tion must be given to the man, who gave so much to surf­ing and will con­tinue to do so, just in a slightly dif­fer­ent for­mat. He will still surf for 10 hours straight when it pumps, he will still travel chas­ing epic swells, he will still be the most bar­relled man in NZ, just as this pic­ture shows from a re­cent ses­sion. He just wont be do­ing so con­fined by a rule book, a 20 minute time­frame and a flu­oro rash shirt. Maz Quinn we salute you! One hell of a leg­end!

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