NZ Surfing Magazine – #170 The Winter Issue

There’s no mistaking WINTER is in full swing. Road closures through flooding and slips have been common, morning trips to the car have been met with icy windows, snow is falling and the thick steamers, gloves, boots, and hoods have been dusted off and are now a regular piece of our daily surfing equipment. But through all these challenges that winter throws our way, the waves themselves have been smoking in all areas of the country, and if you can motivate yourself on these freezing early mornings there have been plenty of waves around that you can score with just you or your mates out. This issue of NZ Surf Mag is dedicated to the Winter season and the emotions and experiences that we face as NZ Surfers in our cold water climate. So go grab yourself a copy and kick back in front of the fire or wherever you decide to thaw yourself out and get your fill of surf action from the shores of Aotearoa.

Bobby Hansen graces the COVER  with an image that simply screams winter, his facial expressions scream cold, his booties are stuck steadfast to his hardened wax as he is caught inside a liquid bubble during the last half hour of daylight around the shortest day of the year.


The Wrath Of Winter - A photospread dedicated to the winter sessions around the country. Featuring Bobby Hansen, Kehu Butler, Maz Quinn, Leon Santorik and lineup gems that’ll motivate you to get out there on the next swell.


The Pita Pit Roady takes the road less travelled and heads to the West Coast via the Forgotten World. There’s not many roads that NZ Surf Mag has not travelled over the last 31 years but until now we have never travelled this route which blew our minds! What we found at the other end also blew our minds scoring point after point and a solid swell that we surfed from dawn till dusk over three days until it all but faded. Starring Josh and Daniel Farr, Paige Hareb, Jarred Hancox and Eli McDonald, plus many more local shredders.


The Legacy Series- We kick off this regular feature starting with Whakatane’s Tony Ogilvy preserving the life and dedication these early pioneers have given to the development of our sport here in NZ.  From the early days as a Takapuna grom to shaper to Bay Of Plenty Icon to World Masters Champ and dedicated family man, we present the life and times of the man known as ‘Ogs’.


We also get word from:

Shop Talk with Gavin Bisman and the launch of his core store ‘Curation’

Turning A Page- Memoirs from the world tour with Paige Hareb.

Shapeshifter- in a regular instalment master craftsman Roger Hall shares his philosophy of board design.


Rising Grom with Raglan’s Kora Cooper

Introducing Taranaki local Dean Raven

and all the latest and greatest gears for winter.

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