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A Few Snaps From Craig Sheriff
Above and Below: Micro escaping the shakes.
Above and Below Craig Lakey peak and Craig West Oz
Below: Some Indo Shots of a couple of NZ"S Finest
Above and Belowand Right: Guranga Ormond
Below: Billy Stairmand
Photo: Craig Sheriff
The Body Glove Crew: On Tour in Aotearoa N.Z.
It seemed a strange thing to be happening in a strange place at a strange time of year. A group of pro surfers arriving from Australia and United States and doing a beach tour of certain parts of NZ. It was strangest of all because mid summer is never the most consistent time for good surf or good conditions. In fact if the usual thing - a high pressure system sitting stationery over En Zed was to happen then there’d be no waves at all. This bunch of pro surfers from overseas included Holly Beck, Mike Losness, Alex Gray, Luke Stedman and Dion Agius with locals Craig Sherriff, Jonny Wardrop and Levi O'Connor Throw them into a camper van and four wheel drive with a movie maker and photographer and chase some surf where ever it might be.
I was naturally worried about the surf thing because summer doldrums can be a regular occurance. Another thing I was concerned about was the language barrier – I mean its hard enough travelling around certain parts of the country where different groups add 'ay' or 'bro' to each sentence. But when you've got three different groups from three different countries well there's gotta be real concern about language differences.
Just how would they communicate the word bourbon I wondered to myself would it be berbon, birbon or just plain bourbon.I shouldn't have been too concerned I found out later. But I was genuinly anxious about the next word in this most important phrase. How would you say single or double, well you might forget the word single for starters I convinced myself just concentrate on getting the word double correct! Dubbel, doubel, dauable. Once I'd twigged that it was probably no worse than listening to a drunk slur his words My mind was immediately at rest, and so it was time to focus on the trip, the waves and the people.
Mike Losness: Spot XFirstly a group of pro surfers snuck quietly under the cold grey skies of a southern summer - Christchurch. A small 2ft southerly ground swell slopped over the banks north of Waimari Beach where the sultry air temperature hung around my goose bumped ankles at a mere fourteen degrees when the pros hit the water. Dion Agius aerial specialist extrordinaire from Australia's Gold Coast (he'd only been home for a couple of days before arriving in good old slop city). Alex Gray ranked around fifty on the QS, Mike Losness third place getter in the USA Nationals in 2006 and Holly Beck TV Star, Psychology graduate and top woman surfer, seemed keen to loosen up in some South Pacific juice. Hey I'm not jokin here bro! Juice - it seemed like, for everyone of the groupthrew Page 13 of the Christchurch surf experience out the window: This states ... Christchurch – Brighton voted worst beach break in N.Z. By a couple more than a few noters, nearly impossible to get speed on, or pull more than a decent half turn. At one and a half feet the crew abslutely shredded. There were tail slides, air reverses, huuuge round house cutties just about everything but a half turn.
This article is continued in the latest edition of Kiwi Surf.
Thanks to J.D. Daniels for giving us permission to print this part. Buy the mag and read on about the Body Glove 34 -46 Tour.
Alex Grey: Kaikoura
Luke Stedman: Indicators
L to R; Jonny Wardrop, Dion Aguis, Mike Losness,
Levi O'Connor and Luke Stedman.
Dion and Alex
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Below Rangi Seq: Perescopes
Leon Santorick: Photo Craig Sheriff
This event is the final surfing event on the 2008/09 South Island Surfing Circuit.
O'Neill OPEN MENS
1st Levi O'Connor Kaikoura 12.70 pts
2nd Anthony Hema Westport 12.67 pts
3rd Tom Entwisle Sumner 9.83 pts
4th Dave Lyons Kaikoura 8.53 pts
Nash Robertson: All classSouthern Paua and Surge Surfboards WOMENS OPEN
1st Hayley Coakes Dunedin 8.67 pts
2nd Alethea Lock Sumner 4.13 pts
3rd Kristi Zarifeh Sumner 2.10 pts
4th Haley Baxter Kaikoura 1.87 pts
Hayden Brain and Lunch
Board Silly / Mt Lyford
1st Alethea Lock Sumner 7.20 pts
2nd Haley Baxter Kaikoura 5.33 pts
3rd Kristi Zarifeh Sumner 4.43 pts
4th Emily Nicolson Kaiapoi 3.83 pts
Hydro Surf / FCS MASTERS
1st Dave Lyons Kaikoura 16.83 pts
2nd Richard Baxter Kaikoura 9.97 pts
3rd Neil Robb Sumner 8.20 pts
4th Matt McCrory Kaikoura 7.03 pts
Dave Lyons: 4th OpenO'Neill SENIORS
1st Alan Temoananui Kaikoura 12.97 pts
2nd Hayden Brain New Brighton 11.97 pts
3rd Tom Entwisle Sumner 11.47 pts
4th Aaron Surgenor Kaikoura 5.80 pts
R & R Sport Junior
1st Jimmy Crooks Dunedin 12.10 pts
2nd Sam Courtney Kaiapoi 10.33 pts
3rd Ben Bennett Dunedin 9.83 pts
4th Tom Bracegirdle Dunedin 9 pts
Encounter Kaikoura CADETS
1st Tom Bracegirdle Dunedin 11.50pts
2nd Sam Courtney Kaiapoi 11.17 pts
3rd Cody Mccusker Kaiapoi 9.57 pts
4th Hugh Ritchie Morth Wai 7.93 pts
Tom Entwistle: 3rd Open EventThe Whaler GRAND MASTERS
1st John Roussey North Wai 13.17 pts
2nd Neil Robb Sumner 9.23 pts
3rd Glenn Shuker New Brighton 9.13 pts
4th Chris Beaufort Westport 2.77 pts
McCrory Plumbing LONGBOARDING
1st Le Roy Rust Dunedin 12.7 pts
2nd Shayne Baxter New Brighton 11.9 pts
3rd Dan Warren New Brighton 10.33 pts
4th Homer Dunedin 5.17 pts
If these photos look a little blurry, then stop drinking! Or next time we might get our photog to shoot on a little faster than a 30th of a second!!
09 Canterbury Champs
Cobden Beach Threatened by Greed
Cobden: Too much of a national treasure to be spoilt by sand mining.
Hayden Brain: Cobden
Phil Harris; Bright Street Cobden
Jai Earnshaw: Bright Street Cobden
Blair O'Keefe: 3rd Open Event
Open Winner: Manu Schafer
Sam Dunfoy: 4th Open Event
Dion Aguis: Meatworks
Alex Grey: Spot X
Dion Aguis: SpotX
Holly BecK: Meatworks
Holly Beck: Spot X
Local hot rat Levi O'Connor
Mike Losness: Spot X
Above: 1-4 Dion Aguis: Indicators
Mike Losness: Mahia
Mike Losness: Mahia
Alex Grey: Mahia
Luke Stedman: Gissy
Check out our 'Girls' Surfing Page for more shots of Holly surfing Raglan