Sunday, May 30, 2010


Nic and Kirsten, who featured in yesterday’s whale rescue post, have been in the North for the past four weeks shooting film in and out of the water, to make a long board surfing film titled S.E.W.N. featuring two surfers from each of the south, east, west and north coasts of the North Island of New Zealand. 

On Friday night, after a great day spent at a cheese making course, my friends Chris and Twink and I attended the preview of the film at the Pizza Barn at Waipu.  Chris’ boss, Roger, was one of the surfers from the north and the crew also documented him at work making a cabbage tree timber surf board. 

crowd at preview

Above is part of the crowd privileged to be invited to the preview.  Back in my day surfers had long blonde bleached hair and the three blondes to be seen in this photo definitely do not fit that image.  In fact I didn’t see a single person who did!  The times, they are a-changing!

Of course, my surfing days are long past.  These days I like to bob around in the little waves close to shore (when the weather is hot enough) but I still love watching anything to do with surfing.   I can’t wait to see the whole film.  Especially more of this guy, he was like a dancing comedian on that board!  Look at his hands and feet and that is nothing compared to some of his other antics.

west coast dude

Thanks, once again, to the Surfline blog for the photos.


  1. It's funny, but over here, when I was growing up surfing was something we thought of as Californian - those bleached blonde Beach Boys. We never thought of the surfing in Australia and New Zealand, Hawaii or Vancouver Island.
    I love the title of the film - wonder if we'll get to see it over here.

  2. Hay Pauline

    I'm glad you enjoyed Friday night's screening! Nicolas and I have had such a great time up here and have had such a warm welcome from the locals. What a great spot you all have here! We're looking forward to coming back!

    P.S. The website for the film will be up soon:

  3. what fun,
    It seems like they are doing awesome job filming...
    Thank you for sharing!
    Happy Sunday!
    Your post rocks!

  4. I had enough problems trying to wind surf. The idea of trying to stand on a board on a wave is beyond my comprehension. Admiration for those who can doesn't even begin to describe how I feel.


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