Big Mountain and Surf Excursion with Blake Thornton in EP 2 of Diaries Downunder

Blake Thornton is a professional surfer hailing from Sydney, Australia and has set out on a mission to adventure around the globe. For his latest adventure, he is welcomed by the Diaries Downunder crew in Christchurch, New Zealand and is whisked away to the nearby Canterbury Club Fields and off to a hidden gem known as Mount Cheeseman.

Blue skies and powder are on the menu with some of the best backcountry terrain in the Southern Hemisphere amongst the splendor of the Central South Island vistas. Blake is thrown into the mix with Nick Hyne, Nick Brown and Roland Morley-Brown as they get after the all-time conditions in NZ.

The South Island of New Zealand is pretty narrow and so it is completely possible to surf and snowboard in the same day. Given the ease and the excitement of doing both, the crew headed out to find the surf, and in doing so, they found find seals, dolphins and a wave that had Blake claiming "I'm definitely come back next winter..for a month!"

It's good in NZ right now. Drop into the edit above.


Photo:  @VaughanBrookfield


Nick Hyne, Nick Brown, Roland Morley-Brown, Blake Thornton

Diaries Downunder is made possible by the great folk at:

Tourism NZ

Air New Zealand

Destination Queenstown

Mons Royale

Heli Tours Queenstown

Torpedo 7

The World Bar

Sherwood Queenstown

Additional support:

Mount Cheeseman

Chill Pass Canterbury

Song 1:

Music Courtesy of:

Song: "Untitled”

Artist: GLXY and HRNK

Song 2:

Music Courtesy of: Joy District

Song: "Burned"

Artist: Joy District

DOP: Heath Patterson

Edit/ Camera 2: Romain Leclerc

Additional film: Riley Bathurst

Still Photography: Vaughan Brookfield

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Nick Hyne with the slash. Photo: @VaughnBrookfield

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