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New Zealand Surfing - - Between Sets -

You hear it when you travel, you read it in the travel mag­a­zines and on­line. New Zealand, our coun­try, has a rep­u­ta­tion as the most beau­ti­ful, serene and un­touched place on the planet. A visit to our shores is on most tourists 'Bucket List'. As lo­cals it is easy to take what we have for granted, so we thought from now on we would catch up with vis­it­ing surfers that we run into on our trav­els and get the word from them on their ex­pe­ri­ences while tak­ing in the waves, views and vibes of Aoteroa. It just might make you ap­pre­ci­ate how good we have it just that lit­tle bit more. This is­sue we fea­ture An­drew Lo­greco, a pro­fes­sional life­guard from the North Shore of Hawaii.

WHAT BRINGS YOU TO NZ?

The vast un­touched beauty is what put NZ on the radar for my­self. As I get older I find my trav­els aren't as much surf driven, like in the past. Nowa­days it's more about ev­ery­thing else that adds to that place and ex­pe­ri­ence of the travel. With that said NZ seemed liked a per­fect fit. I knew you guys get amaz­ing waves, but had no idea to the ex­tent that you do... so we had the best of both worlds.

HAWAII PUMPS AT THIS TIME OF YEAR, WHAT DRAGGED YOU AWAY FROM THE WARMTH ON THE NORTH SHORE TO OUR CHILLY SOUTH­ERN WA­TERS?

As a North Shore life­guard, win­ter time can be very long and de­mand­ing. Even we need breaks from the mad­ness to come up for air and recharge a bit. And what bet­ter way to change it up and get into the cold for a bit. I ac­tu­ally en­joy cold­ness, it adds that out of your com­fort zone el­e­ment to the ex­pe­ri­ence.

SO HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN HERE? AND WHAT HAVE YOU EX­PE­RI­ENCED?

Pretty much all of Novem­ber. We ex­pe­ri­enced so many awe­some places and peo­ple. We started in Auck­land and went south. Most of the time we hung around south of South Is­land. Went to Wanaka, Mil­ford Sound, Catlins, Dunedin. Just to name a few. Did some amaz­ing hikes, wa­ter­falls, Cathe­dral Caves, pad­dles on rivers and lakes and so on, on top of all of the surf­ing. This was dur­ing the earth quake in Christchurch and the Amer­i­can Pres­i­den­tial race. So we had a lot to talk about with peo­ple we met along the way.

WHERE HAVE YOU SCORED THE BEST SURF DUR­ING YOUR STAYS?

The best waves were def­i­nitely in the Dunedin area.

SO WILL YOU BE BACK ANY­TIME SOON?

With­out a doubt, I hope to get back in the very near fu­ture! Thanks to the great peo­ple and land of NZ!!

An­drew timed his visit with all-time con­di­tions in the Deep South. Photo: Black­la­bel Pho­tog­ra­phy

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