Wish You Were Here: Another Empty Beach, Another Impeccable South Island Peak, New Zealand

by Owen James Burke

Scuttlefish writer Owen James Burke is currently rambling around New Zealand, living in a house truck with a camera, surfboard and speargun in search of stories, waves and fish. We’re putting together a waterperson’s guide to the island nation, but meanwhile, we’ll be publishing stories and photographs, short updates along the way from the Yankee in Kiwiland. -CD

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Photo: Owen James Burke.

I think I’m starting to understand this cold weather stuff. Surely, if this were Southern California, there’d be an unsavory, paved and metered parking lot with a pier and a Ruby’s Diner at the end of it.

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Nobody but the birds and me, and a few fishermen up the stretch, unimpressed, with their backs to the waves. Something tells me they’ve seen this sight before. Photo: Owen James Burke.

Telling you where this is would be foolish, and it might even be an insult to you. Come to New Zealand and drive, bike, hitch, or walk, but most importantly, get lost. –OJB

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