Maz Quinn

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Maz Quinn
Personal information
Born (1976-08-07) 7 August 1976 (age 40)
Residence Gisborne, New Zealand
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Surfing career
Sponsors Quiksilver[1]
Surfing specifications
Favorite waves Wainui Beach, France, Indonesia [2]

Maz Quinn (born 7 August 1976) is a New Zealand surfer. A four-time winner of New Zealand's national surfing championships,[3] and winner of the 1996 Billabong Pro-Junior Series,[4] Quinn is regarded as one of the country's foremost surfers.[5]

Quinn was born in Hamilton, but his family moved to Gisborne when he was two years old. He was educated at Elgin Primary School, Gisborne Intermediate and Gisborne Boys' High School. Always an enthusiastic surfer, his passion for the sport increased when the family moved to the small community of Wainui Beach when he was a teenager. Quinn comes from a surfing family - his younger brother Jay and sister Holly have both won national titles, his mother is an advocate for Women's surfing and his father was a national official.[6]

During the 1990s, Quinn took part in the World Qualifying Series, a lower-ranked pro tour which enables surfers to attempt to qualify for the elite World Championship Tour. In 1999 Maz became the first New Zealander to win a WQS event and in 2001 he became the first New Zealander ever to qualify for the World Championship Tour, in doing so becoming one of the world's top 44 ranked male surfers.

In 2009, Quinn helped to stage the Quiksilver Maz Quinn King of the Groms, a national surfing event for youth.[7]


  1. ^ "Quiksilver Team Profile". 
  2. ^ Surfing New Zealand. "Maz Quinn Profile". 
  3. ^ Ben Kennings. "Jay Quinn ousts Maz Quinn to win Sol Series Event 2". Global Surf News. 
  4. ^ "New Zealand Surfing History". Surfing New Zealand. 
  5. ^ "Surfing: 1970s to today". Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand. 
  6. ^ "Famous Faces in Sport". 
  7. ^ Quiksilver Maz Quinn King of the Groms, Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 11 March 2009