New Zealand Surfing - - Between Sets -

El­liot Dow­dle of Auck­land has or should we say ‘had’ the dream job when it comes to in­ter­na­tional surf travel. El­liot is an Air New Zealand Pi­lot, so he gets more than his fair share of surf time in epic lo­ca­tions dur­ing work stints and hol­i­days. Bali is one such place where El­liot doesn’t mind go­ing to work and over the years he has had some epic trips and epic waves up there and reck­ons he just loves the place! On a re­cent trip, how­ever El­liot while surf­ing at Air­port Lefts was pile driven into the reef suf­fer­ing a nasty break to his leg. Lo­cals ral­lied around and helped El­liot get back to the beach where he was sta­bilised and taken to Hospi­tal in Bali for six hours of surgery, and then trans­ferred to Auck­land eight days later. El­liot now faces a min­i­mum 6 months re­cov­ery and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and with the na­ture of his job it may be longer as his leg has to be a per­fect 100% be­fore NZ Civil Avi­a­tion will give him back his li­cence. El­liot reck­ons the mishap has not tainted his ap­pre­ci­a­tion of Bali and its waves one lit­tle bit and he was also quick to add that the hospi­tal food in Bali was epic and well ahead of the stuff that gets served up in NZ hos­pi­tals. We wish you all the best with your re­cov­ery El­liot, may that li­cence be granted and you and your board be pad­dling into some waves soon. In the mean­time the epic folks at Skull­candy would like to keep you en­ter­tained with a pair of their head­phones to sing along with. Win $89 pair of Ink’d wire­less ear­buds.... as used by our mate Mick Fan­ning. Visit www.skull­ to view more sick prod­ucts

Think you’ve got the goods for the next is­sue? Show us your wor­thy gash and we’ll be the judge. Send clear hi-res jpegs to [email protected] paci­fic­me­, put Skull­candy-gash­gore in the sub­ject field...

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