Black Friday becomes lucky day for surfing tourists

BLANTON SMITH
Last updated 05:00 14/06/2014
Surfers
CHARLOTTE CURD/ Fairfax NZ
HAPPY-GO-LUCKY: Travellers Austin Reed, left, and Laura Pham pose in front of Mt Taranaki after surfing perfect waves along the coast.

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A superstition double whammy yesterday, expected to bring extra bad luck had the complete opposite effect for tourists Austin Reed and Laura Pham.

The Friday the 13th full moon combo had little effect on Reed and Pham, who spent the morning surfing at a spot on the coast called Graveyards with just a handful of others.

"This is paradise," Reed, who comes from Colorado, said.

"I've been trying to leave for weeks now, but it's too good."

Instead of being plagued with bad luck, Reed admitted to feeling extra fortunate after surfing yesterday.

"I found a hat on the rocks, that made my day."

However, the pair did admit to having some bad luck earlier in the week.

"We took a canoe out fishing in the rain and flipped it," Reed said.

"We just about drowned," Pham, who comes from Berlin, added.

"We've been best friends ever since," she said.

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