A Lil' Bit About Us
From Costa Rica to New Zealand...
Started by Matt and Natasha Craig in 2013, Summer Sessions Surf, Skate, Street was first a dedicated paddleboard and surfboard store. It has since expanded to include skate and streetwear and moved into the heart of Matakana.
More than just a retail store, at Summer Sessions you can also take surf lessons or hire surfboards, paddleboards, and bodyboards at the Summer Sessions Surf Centre at Omaha Beach next to the surf club. And anytime you need advice on where to surf or paddle or what gear is best fit for you, just give Matt a call at 027-526-0524.
The Story of Natasha and Matt (as told by Natasha)
Matt and I first met fifteen years ago while I was competing in a whitewater kayaking competition in Hood River, Oregon (USA). We were married six months later and then walked the beaten path for the next five years, selling cars and working in an office in the USA.
Then one day, just before the markets crashed in 2008, I said to Matt, “Let’s do something different.” Matt was a sailmaker by trade and I knew he yearned to return to the ocean. “Okay,” he replied, not really believing we could break free.
Six weeks later, with our house emptied and rented, we found ourselves in the jungles of Costa Rica as the owners of Point Break Surf, a surf school on the Pacific coast. Our closets were no longer filled with office clothes, but board shorts and bikinis. Our kids eventually became fluent in Spanish. Family dinners were no longer a rarity.
After five years of teaching surfing and SUP in tropical paradise, it was time to move to another paradise: Matakana, New Zealand. It only took a day trip to this remarkable coastline to realize this was a place we wanted to raise our kids and share our passion.
We have made Matakana our home since then and haven’t looked back. And you can often find us surfing and paddle boarding at Omaha and the surrounding beaches.