On the 3rd expedition to the
Pacific by Captain James Cook, his fleet ships, the
HMS Resolution and Discovery, embarked on the first
European trip to Hawaii to ever be recorded in 1778,
as they stopped at the island chain’s western end en
route to Tahiti to North America’s northwest coast.
Following a discouraging year unproductively
searching for a passageway into the Atlantic from
the North Pacific, Cook took back his ships to the
island chain of Hawaiian, and on this occasion
stopped at Hawaii’s Big Island.
It was here at Kealakekua Bay
that Cook was killed by the native Hawaiians when he
misguidedly attempted to abduct their high chief in
order to force a stolen boat’s return.
Subsequently, Lt. James King was appointed the Discovery’s
First Lieutenant and was ordered to complete Captain Cook’s
journals in the narrative parts.
In 1779, after the demise of Cook but before the Resolution
and Discovery came back to England, Lieutenant King
dedicated 2 full pages to a complete account on riding
surfboards, as demonstrated by the Kealakekua Bay locals on
the Big Island’s Kona coast. His writings were the first
written mention of surfing.
New Zealand is considered a surfer’s paradise and is one of
the most exciting adventures in the world. Go on a crazy
“downunder surfari” and discover what this country has to
offer: the world’s best playground for surfing with its
numerous and amazing surf breaks.
New Zealand beaches can be surfed the whole year.
Temperatures in the North Island are very warm in
summer which is from December to March and wet suits
The waters in the South Island are colder and mostly
require some synthetic rubber protection.
The diversity of surf breaks in New Zealand is just
awesome. Look into the supertubes of New Zealand
which offers a kilometer long joy ride at Ahipara
and the systematically unadulterated peelers at
Raglan, the country’s most popular surf spot.
Try out the Malibu-like wave sets and monster
steamrollers in Dunedin at Murderer’s Bay, as well
as Gisborne’s tunnels which are velvety smooth.
They also have wave-riding adventures available for every
possibly desire on the country’s shores, partnered by
arresting scenery, comfortable populated waves, the unique
culture of the kiwi as well as their friendliness - all
available for no price.
Surfing in New Zealand is an absolute must. So get on your
board, ride a wave, and experience the absolute freedom of
riding a board. There is no other place in the world that
can compare to New Zealand’s perfect point breaks.