be­hind the cover

New Zealand Surfing - - Behind the cover - Photo: Cory

In­side these pages on pg12 we fea­ture an ar­ti­cle ‘Shootout At The Farm’ where we fea­ture a bat­tle of Man Vs Ma­chine Vs Ocean, where we talk of the frus­tra­tions of surf­ing this break and the waves you can of­ten see but can’t get; that is un­less you have your mag­net on, and ev­ery now and then for no par­tic­u­lar rea­son one surfer can find them­selves scor­ing all the waves while an­other just as tal­ented and pad­dle fit misses out al­to­gether. Hav­ing your mag­net on is a phe­nom­e­non that surfers have of­ten tried to repli­cate ses­sion to ses­sion but have never been able to solve the mys­tery as to why one day ev­ery­thing falls in place and the next it all falls to pieces. On this par­tic­u­lar day Buck Woods was late to the shootout, or was he the only one that timed his run to per­fec­tion? He knocked off work, even though he was un­der the pump, cause that’s what you do when you’re self-em­ployed in a surf town. He scored a ride over to the Farm and jumped over the side of the boat, pad­dled in and stroked straight into this wave pic­tured here! All style.

Later that arvo af­ter scor­ing a tonne of epic waves, he then jumped on the ma­chine and slot­ted one of the best views he’s had in his surf­ing ca­reer fea­tured on pg 22. Buck Woods on this day was the mag­net man!

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