When Martino Nenda was looking to move out of earthquake-torn Christchurch, he signed up to Venture Taranaki’s Swap Sides website, and has taken home a custom surfboard as a result.
The winner of the December Swap Sides
competition, Martino traded the Taranaki weekend escape for a custom-built surfboard from one of Taranaki’s preeminent shapers Cain Aldridge of CSA Surfboards
Since then Martino has moved to Auckland, but he was in Taranaki in February on the hunt for the perfect wave to test out his new toy.
“I had a great weekend in Taranaki,” says Martino, “I picked up my new board, caught up with Cain at CSA Surfboards, and stayed at the Oakura camping ground. Fantastic, what a beauty!”
“I wanted to use my prize to surf (legendary Taranaki surf break) Stent Road in style and hanging out in the Naki. I couldn’t have been happier.”
And even though Taranaki didn’t manage to lure Martino and his wife to move to the region, the timing was perfect.
“Finally, some good news after losing almost everything in the Christchurch earthquake,” Martino says.
To find out how you can Swap Sides to Taranaki, for a weekend of surf or a lifetime of adventure, check out www.swapsides.co.nz