Some Great Pics from Ben

Ben – I Love Fly Fishing Ambassador

We were hopeful of fishing the Rakaia and camping down there for the night. No luch as whilst it’s an amazing backcountry spot it didn’t deliver as river was coloured.  However close by is a tributary that my friend’s dad had known of from years ago so we decided to give it a shot. It required access permission and we got the green light. Turned out to be one of those days were it all came together. Plenty of rainbows and amazing views, 8 out of 10, for this stream, super happy.


Fly fishing is my new passion and I represent I LOVE FLY FISHING as an ambassador. Born in Kaikoura, and raised in Sumner - Christchurch NZ, I grew up with the ocean on my back doorstep. Following my father’s footsteps, I began stand up surfing at age 13. After an accident in the water resulting in a head injury, I traded in the surfboard for a body board and went on to win multiple national titles. Bodyboarding gave me a newfound appreciation of waves; from a different angle than a stand up surfer. But at age 20, I decided it was time to utilize my new thirst and get back into riding a surfboard. My passion for surfing and its thrill has taken me to locations such as Samoa, Hawaii’s North Shore, and multiple trips to Fiji’s world-class ‘Cloudbreak’, Indonesia, and Australia. For me it’s all about chasing local waves too – road tripping throughout New Zealand’s South Island any opportunity I can. Also actively competes in South Island surfing contests. I’m a natural footer that loves chasing hollow, barrelling waves, saying “nothing compares to the rush that type of wave can give you.” Out of the water, I have a keen interest in golf, tennis, snowboarding and surf photography and drinking great kiwi beer - amplifying his passion for the sport and its environment. I have also recently taken up fly fishing. You could say it’s my new passion along with tramping and the great outdoors.

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