and the winner is....
The question is often asked and the topic debated, who is our greatest surfer ever? All generations have their greats, and on a personal level what is seen as great by one may not so by another. Without any real way of comparatively matching these surfers of different generations up against each other, would the greatest be determined by the surfer with the best contest results, the best in big, small, medium, or hollow waves? The surfer who has given back to his community more so than another? Or the surfer that rode your local break better than anyone else you've ever seen. There are so many variables in this question, so we here at NZ Surfing Mag set out several months ago, opening two rounds of voting processes, where we sought first opinion from a vast range of our country's surfers from the young through to old, Male and female, and beginner surfers through to expert, as well as seeking the opinions of industry experts both domestically and internationally. From the first round where 84 surfers names were put forward, the top 20 were then named along with their career profiles on which those who were not familiar to some could be judged (featured in the last issue). The second round of voting performed over the last two months involved placing these top 20 in order of merit. Each surfers top two highest and lowest votes were tossed out to rid any strategic voting swinging the results and the two rounds were then combined and we are pleased to announce NZ surfings GOAT is Gisborne's Maz Quinn.
Upon hearing of the result Maz was humbled. "It obviously feels unreal to be voted that by my peers. When I was 12 I knew what I wanted to be and that was a pro surfer, but not only a pro surfer, the best one I could possibly be. I'm proud of all I've achieved and proud to come from NZ, but what puts a smile on my face is that I've shown that it is possible to come from a tiny country and mix it with the worlds best". Congratulations Maz a massively well deserved accolade! For a full list of results, check out our website, www.nzsurfingmag.co.nz