The trip home to New Zealand with Dennis Busenitz, Walker Ryan, Nestor Judkins, Joey Pepper and Josh Matthews was one of the best ever, here are a few of my favorite photos that you may or may not have seen. Watch Body Of Water.

We pulled over next to Lake Taupo after a sweltering skate at the new Turangi skatepark and washed the sweat off, the whole crew was out and just happened to be in perfect line, Walker raised his arms basking in the serenity

This is outside Wellington’s TePapa Museum, they have the full carcass of a whale hanging in their ceiling. We only got about five minutes to skate before security gave us the old boot but that was long enough for Dennis to ollie up and kickflip to fakie behind the skate stoppers.


This is Kerosine Creek, it’s my favorite place in the country, a natural thermal hot water stream that flows down a six-foot waterfall into a sandy bottomed pool, perfect for relaxing those tight muscles. The smell of the sulphur in the water clings to you for days afterwards.


Dennis did this at the end of an epic line at Mach 10, I think he was tipping his hat to Tim O’Connor on this one.


Sometimes when people are filming lines I get a little antsy and want to get my camera out, this was the first spot of our trip and I was mucking around doing long exposures of Bill filming Walker midst nose manual nollie frontside flip. I decided I’d try to get something similar of each guy but it just never eventuated, next time…


A busy Saturday afternoon at the brewery on Wellington’s waterfront, the brewery has been a staple ledge spot for the locals for many years and the wooden benches are constantly being moved around so the spot stays fresh. Here Walker Hops one bench to lipslide another.


We’d arrived at a campsite near dark, pitched our tents and rushed to this nearby stream only to find it was absolutely freezing, Nestor braved the iciness by diving in head first, once he’d lept back out this was his reaction as his heart raced to catch up.

Nestor’s ankle was cactus most of the trip, but towards the end he managed to strap it up and get a tasty frontside ollie on a fountain in Hamilton. Later in the day he went at noseslide transferring this ledge, putting one down into the grass only to further roll his ankle attempting a better one.
In Napier we attempted to bumrush a downtown spot in the middle of a weekday, a security guard approached Joey and handed him this cute little card with all the dos and don’ts of skateboarding in the city which basically amounted to not being able to skate anywhere except the skateparks (with proper safety gear of course). Joey shows his disdain.
Uncle Joe put down this backside 180 at Avondale racecourse in Auckland on our last day of the trip, this photo appears in the second article we did from this trip for Manual Magazine in New Zealand. Check them out at manualmagazine.com
The biggest factor in a successful trip is the people. Tricks help, but if the crew isn’t correct then things go wonky. Josh Matthews is the perfect road dog for any mission, if his laundry isn’t quite dry but you’ve got to check out of the hotel, no problem, he’ll just let it dry in the sun on the side of the street, kick back and relax.
This ran as an incidental in the article but hoisting from bump to bump on this circular track was no joke, and Josh was having the time of his life flying around.

I gotta give major thanks to Bill for navigating and filming on this trip, here he is taking care of both simultaneously, that’s the Kiwi way, yeah it’s slightly dangerous but it gets the job done. big up to Dave and Jake at Manual, Corona, and Poler for all their help too. Next year we do the South Island!

More with these skaters:
Nestor Judkins in The Legend of Stan Smith
Dennis Busenitz in Dan Wolfe’s The Cinematographer Project part
Walker Ryan in Cuban Fidelity