Photo essay

The Shape of Waves to Come

Our neighbouring city has loads of outdoor gems to experience, from hot pools and geothermal parks (many are free!) to glorious lakes and forests. So make like a tourist and hotfoot it to Rotorua.

Ocean energy exploding at Matakana Island

The waffle-like swell refraction caused by Rabbit Island at Banks Ave in the Mount.
I waited months for the best day to capture this. All the elements had to align:
perfect lighting, strong northeast swell and ideal offshore southwest winds.

The perfect form of a Matakana Island wave — a pretty good reason why no one
seems to be at work around here when the swell is up.

Photography & words by Jereme Aubertin