Roger has seen a few changes in the area particularly Kilbirnie development and Airport Retail Complex. "The Bay is great for living, everything you need is here, you don't have to head into Wellington. The cafes have made a difference with his local the Centennial, iconic Maranui and the Spruce Goose able to "cheer up your day". The building that Real Surf is in on the corner of Lyall Parade and Kingsford Smith Street has grown from about 10 tenants to 20.
Roger has noticed a change in the quality of the surf in Lyall Bay "Back in the day before the rock infill along the airport seawall reduced the wave energy, and the sand that used to be put back on the beach after a southerly was taken to the landfill (because its considered contaminated), the surf was epic, we still have good days but the quality has decreased. With the proposed extension to Wellington Airport there are some concerns that the Bay could be effected further, the Airport have proposed a wave focuser in an attempt to mitigate this.
There's always something to watch in the Bay besides people enjoying aquatic pursuits. The sight of planes landing sideways and waves trying to break through the seawall during storms. Visits by schools of Dolphins and pods of their larger cousins Orcas
At the moment surfing is booming and as the biggest core surf shop in New Zealand and with shop manager Jeremy and factory manager Doug, Real Surf is pumping. In addition to selling boards and wetsuits Roger is still shaping a few custom boards, repairing the ones that come off worse after a hard ride and the team run regular lessons for those keen to get into the waves. Check out Real Surf Cnr Lyall Parade and KingsfordSmith Street or online at www.realsurf.co.nz