New Zealand: Searching Outside of the Box

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Updated 70d ago

Words by Jereme Aubertin.

What an active month of surf we’ve had so far! As we head into the end of September, New Zealand is having a good crack at offering some kind of rideable surf just about everywhere, everyday. Which is pretty cool for those participating in the Surfaid make a wave challenge.

While it did what was expected for the most part, the size of the swell also offered some room to dig a little deeper than the usual hot spots. That same swell generator also broke away underneath NZ, joining forces with a larger system behind it, sending a solid swell up towards the south-facing coastlines on the other side of the country. This one hit just a few days later.

Imagine finding this empty.

Imagine finding this empty.

© 2022 - Kane Everson

The following are two short trip reports from surfers who followed these swells and decided to search outside of the box.


North

By Miki Emmitt.

I had a few days off work and the waves weren’t looking great for any of the local Auckland beaches with a solid, building WSW swell and SW winds forecast. However these are perfect conditions for one of my favourite waves in New Zealand.

Within a few hours I was packed up, heading north for my mid-week adventure. The wave needs a lot of wrap to get into the points and I’ve been let down a few times in the past, so naturally I was feeling anxious on the drive up but this time I was rewarded with light offshore winds and clean overhead waves. I spent three days in the far north escaping the world, surfing beautiful waves with some special friends.

Miki Emmitt in her happy place.

Miki Emmitt in her happy place.

© 2022 - Alan Ashworth

Miki works as cabin crew for Air New Zealand which allows her to surf all over the world. On this trip, she claims to have ridden some of the best waves of her life.

Miki works as cabin crew for Air New Zealand which allows her to surf all over the world. On this trip, she claims to have ridden some of the best waves of her life.

© 2022 - Alan Ashworth

The journey to this piece of paradise either was, or is on most NZ surfers’ bucket lists. It wasn’t Miki’s first rodeo up here but certainly one she will remember forever.

The journey to this piece of paradise either was, or is on most NZ surfers’ bucket lists. It wasn’t Miki’s first rodeo up here but certainly one she will remember forever.

© 2022 - Alan Ashworth

Nah, surely it’s just a bit further up ahead?

Nah, surely it’s just a bit further up ahead?

© 2022 - Kane Everson


South

By Jay Piper-Healion.

This was Tom’s trip. Tom picked the eyes out of the swell, dragged us through an eight hour car ride and made the call on where to surf each day. One of these calls paid off big time.

We had already ticked some spots off the bucket list and the afternoon low tide was fast approaching. We headed to an area we heard would be good and were told the walk in to this wave was 30 minutes, but all we found were perfect closeouts onto dry rocks. Tom made the call to continue walking down the coast after some thorough scanning of Google maps. What was meant to be 30 minutes just past the headland, turned into almost two hours and about six kilometres.

What we finally found was straight out of Endless Summer 2, except it definitely wasn’t summer. A perfect right-hand point, four mates trading sets, and no sign of civilisation anywhere. The only locals here were the wild horses, goats and sheep. It was an experience none of us will be forgetting anytime soon, however the same can’t be said for the walk back to the car. It was Tom’s trip and we scored. Thanks Tom.

A completely empty canvas for Zac Curle (top) and Jay Piper-Healion (bottom)

A completely empty canvas for Zac Curle (top) and Jay Piper-Healion (bottom)

© 2022 - Kane Everson

This is a very significant pay off for the efforts put in.

This is a very significant pay off for the efforts put in.

© 2022 - Kane Everson

Jay lives in Raglan, it must have been nice to surf perfect waves in the opposite direction for a change.

Jay lives in Raglan, it must have been nice to surf perfect waves in the opposite direction for a change.

© 2022 - Kane Everson

It might have been Tom’s trip but it was Jay’s session, the standout of the afternoon.

It might have been Tom’s trip but it was Jay’s session, the standout of the afternoon.

© 2022 - Kane Everson

If only daylight savings had come a week earlier.

If only daylight savings had come a week earlier.

© 2022 - Kane Everson