From this introduction and relationship, Peter Byers not only became one of our first modern surfing pioneers but also NZ’s first surfboard manufacturer, even being credited with building the very first fibreglass fins in the world. World travelled fast over the Waitakere Ranges and the modern surfing movement bloomed, from its very first seeds here in Piha.
Over the 61 years since this birth, Piha has become a household name and with a reputation that sees it known world-wide for its rugged and uncontrollable nature. Yet as a surf destination it holds a beauty that its name on the surface doesn’t always portray. To a Kiwi surfer and being the local go-to spot for a population of almost 2 million people living just over the ranges, Piha is an icon, home of the famous Piha Bar, Lion Rock and the many shifting sand bars that are born and also destroyed with every swell and tide.
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