I'm from Finland but currently live in Auckland, NZ. I recently got my university studies finished and my next goal is to learn to surf. I'm rather fit in general but a beginner when it comes to water sports so I'm expecting this to be quite a challenge.
This site and the forums are hugely informative and I've already learned a lot just by reading while at work, hehe.
I spent a few days after christmas up north in Taupo Bay getting beaten up by the surf with a bodyboard and I feel I would have had a way better idea of what to do had I come to this site first. Luckily the beach was quite empty so I wasn't screwing up anyone's day, I had no clue of wave priorities or anything.
Nice to meet you all, I'll go through the forums and start asking stupid questions only after doing that, eh?