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A team of extreme surfers has
been chasing the perfect storm in
search of massive waves to ride
off the Fiordland coast.
Two of the world's best surfers,
Australians Ross Clarke-Jones
and Tom Carroll, recently teamed
up with Christchurch big wave
surfer Doug Young to film the
sequel to Discovery Channel's
popular Storm Surfers show that
premiered in New Zealand last
The surfers teamed up with
meteorologist and surf forecaster
Ben Matson to track and chase
the biggest storms and swells they
could find, surf them and capture
the entire adventure on film.
Filming wrapped up in Tuatapere
Mr Young was the field expert
for this leg of the operation as
he has spent the past 10 years
or more looking for big waves to
surf in the Fiordland area. A surf
school operator, Mr Young is also
sponsored to hunt out and surf big
"It's something that I've been
passionate about for a long
time and it's amazing -- the full
adventure of going and finding
new spots, the exploration of it,
finding waves that no-one has
ever surfed. And, obviously, the
adrenalin and the rush that you
get from surfing big waves. It's a
pretty amazing feeling and you
definitely come away with a sense
of mass achievement. You're on
an absolute high and it's very
addictive, you want to just go and
do it more and more and more,"
Because many of the largest
waves are too big to paddle into,
the surfers were towed into them
"We use the jetskis as a tool,
rather than a toy, to get enough
speed and get into these big
waves that come roaring through
the roaring 40s into Fiordland," Mr
Jetskis were also the vehicle to
get them to many of the remote
locations. However, jetskis are not
allowed in the fiords so in areas
that could only be accessed via
the fiords they had to be towed
behind a boat until they reached
"You're really isolated -- you're
really in the middle of nowhere."
Mr Young has surfed some of the
biggest waves he's seen anywhere
in the world in Fiordland. The
biggest he's ridden were in swells
of up to 80 feet. During the latest
filming the team surfed waves
of 30 to 40 feet, mainly found
between Bluecliffs and Port Craig.
While the magnitude of the waves
didn't live up to surfers' hopes
during filming, they were still big
and the team really lived up to its
Storm Surfers name.
"We had sideways hail and it
was definitely a storm -- we were
definitely surfing in a storm."
And that led to many a raised
eyebrow from Tuatapere locals.
"When we were down there we
saw a lot of people who said
'you're bloody crazy trying to go
out there in that storm, in that
"We were (even) telling ourselves
that at some stages when there
was so much hail and rain and
everything," Mr Young said.
"It was pretty mad. Normally I
wouldn't go down when there's a
massive storm like that and it's
howling onshore... you don't need
to have it really stormy to have
really big, clean, perfect waves --
but it makes great TV."
The show will be screened on
Sky's Discovery Channel in
Surfers chase Fiordland's perfect storm
Christchurch-based extreme surfer Doug Young rides a big wave off the Fiordland coast during recent filming for
Discovery Channel's Storm Surfers 2.
PHOTO: Daz Coulton
Extreme surfer Doug Young (right) and jetski driver Shayne Baxter set out in
search of big waves off the Fiordland Coast.
PHOTO: Lee Kelly
The group behind Te Anau's
annual Christmas parade and
associated festivities is reminding
clubs and businesses to be in
quick to confirm their float entries
and stalls for the parade on
Town Centre businesses are also
being encouraged to brighten the
main street with festive window
Those entries close on December
5 and will be judged the next day.
For the first time homeowners
also have the chance to be in
on the fun. Anyone who lights
up their house can let Santa's
Helpers know and they'll also
be judged, with the chance of
winning a prize.
The Christmas parade starts at
2pm on December 12.
Anyone wanting to take part or
to get further information can
contact Carmel McDowall on (03)
reminder . . .
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