NZ SURFING MAGAZINE – Xmas Issue (Jan/Feb) #167



Whether you’re in search of a stocking filler or simply want to grab your fill of stoke as you lay on back in the beanbag unable to move after all the xmas and New Years festivities then the latest NZ Surf Mag has come out just in time!

On the COVER we feature one of the most frothed out over amped surfers you will ever meet in Scotty Bell from Muriwai Beach. Scotty has dedicated massive amounts of time to chasing the big stuff in recent years, pulling sickies, re-scheduling meetings all in an effort to score. Sadly until now most of his calls have proofed fizzers. Yet we are glad to report that this hyped up call direct from Scotty delivered the goods, landed Scotty his first NZ Surf Mag cover and also features inside the mag in a story called THE DEPOT an account of one of the craziest big wave days in NZ. A massive congrats on bagging the numero-uno spot there Scotty well deserved!


While the North Island had that session that spawned the cover and The Depot, down South Papatowai was erupting from its hibernation and the two forces of Ross Clarke Jones and Doug Young were out braving the hurricane force winds, attempting to take on the biggest Papas swell in ten years, the two crazed big wave chargers when united created the 19TH ELEMENT, where anything could and will happen!

We go SOLO WITH RATSO on a isolated southern point break. The 5X National Champion and World Masters Champion, now WSL judge never leaves home or hotel without his boards, and even while on the job he always manages to sneak in an epic wave. And this session was truly epic with Ratso scoring a gem of a wave in truly all time form!

The MVP -Paul Moretti sees us catch up with the young Northland grom now turned man, a man who had grown up under the influence of an isolated farming background, one who had never chased the limelight and remained humble throughout all of his successes, one who drew a line in the sand when it came to chasing that illusive dream of a pro career and instead honed his focus on a working career, and a young man who simply loves to spend time in the ocean through all forms of interest. He is this years MVP and we catch up with where he came from and where he’s going!



We hit the road once again on the 8th Pita Pit Roady bound for the West Coast and a newly formed fine piece of sand, yet curve balls are thrown left right and centre and the weather gods serve up Four Seasons In One Day, with sun, wind, hail, thunder, lightning and then sun again. In the end we scored some epic waves proving sometime you just have to “Know when to hold em, know when to fold em”

Following on inside these fine pages:


The Return Of The Blue Moon- A rare phenomena in the form of a sand bar lights up for one swell gifting those lucky enough to be in the know a session that will be remembered for lifetimes. Matty Hewitt shares with us his take on the epic day.

And we round off our 30 Years of NZ Surf Mag in Publication and look forward to the 31st year, catching up with current Editor Cory Scott and his 20 year journey from South Auckland surfer/shaper to the helm of this fine publication and take in a few ‘Behind The Covers’  stories from those surfers that featured.


We also Feature word from:


Noa Deane- Stuck In Transit

Elliot Paerata- Reid-  Our Rookie On Tour

Caleb Cutmore – Our Rising Grom



We wish you the best for the festive season and hope some swell is generated wherever you may head during your holidays.


Yours in summertime surfing


The Team at NZ Surfing Magazine.

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