I came across this lady surfing at Christmas at Taupo Bay in Northland near the top of the North Island of New Zealand. What drew my attention was not just the red wetsuit against the brooding, stormy sky, but how good she was. Pretty full-on surf at Taupo, scary, but she just glided though the powerful waves like she was riding a bike. It looked that easy. The wave above was not big, but some of it was — see below. I can hold my own when it comes to body surfing, but I always wished I had learnt to use the board. The real thing.