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Published on September 27th, 2018 | by nowhere man


NZ Surfing #183 On Sale !!


We survived winter and not only that, we scored some of the most epic waves for a very long time through these colder and shorter days. We roamed the country far and wide, kicking down with grassroots surfing, groms, and champions! A few lucky crew ventured offshore and returned with tales of life-changing sessions. All these and more make up the latest instalment from NZ Surfing.


On the Cover Brett Summerlee who, if you’ve met you will agree there is possibly not a more amped human on the planet, he headed off and an adventure of a lifetime with a heap of good mates to the Wavepark in the Mentawai’s and they walked straight into one of the best runs of swell in living memory, where they scored this epic session at No-Kandui.


Featuring inside:


The Indian Ocean Lights Up- During the same period as the cover, the entire Indian Ocean was bombarded by swell after swell! For nearly a month the swell didn’t drop beneath six foot and peaked during the mega-viral swell, that saw the internet blow up when a 20-25 foot swell pounded the Indonesian coastline forcing an ocean-going ban enforced by the Indonesian Government. We feature the stories from a few Kiwis caught up in this madness, the highs and the lows!


The Surfboard Design Forum- Being our annual surfboard design issue,  firstly we take a look at ‘First’ surfboards, the first boards ridden in NZ and each surfers ‘first’. We also profile Paul Barron of the FlexBar technology, the latest of a long list of Kiwi innovators who have taken their ideas to the world. Roger Hall gives his advice on building a shortboard quiver, and we feature the latest designs from the top Kiwi and international manufacturers to help you choose your next board.


The Coronation of a Prince- Not since Maz Quinn in 1996 has a kiwi junior taken the WSL Australasian Pro-Junior Title. Yet Arataki’s Kehu Butler well-planned rise through the ranks saw him take what is considered the worlds premier junior competition crown at the last event of the year. We scored an all-time day at Kehu’s local and sat down for a chat on where he’s come from and where he’s heading.


Blood And Salt- Northland often slips under the radar, but that hasn’t stopped the region producing some incredible talents over the years. We had the pleasure of joining the latest crop of groms along with their fathers for a dream session at a local gem.

Homegrown Photospread- While the world was bombarded by Fijian mega swells, Indonesian viral swells, and wave pools. Back here in Aotearoa our local coastlines dished out a few tasty treats over the last few months, un-noticed by many, appreciated by a few lucky ones.

The Polar Bear Heats Up- one of the longest-running comps in NZ surf history, we ventured north to immerse ourselves in the North Coast vibe and experience what happens when a community all bond together for the greater good. While usually held in storm surf and driving rain, this years event was one for the record books.


Plus plenty more locked inside the pages.


Remember When – Matt Wilkinson

What Were They Thinking- Daniel Kereopa


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