Surf stars teach us how to fly safely

May 14, 2015 | Surfing
Surfing Safari: will Air New Zealand charge them for their onboard quiver?

What do Laird Hamilton, Gabriel Medina, Mick Fanning, Alana Blanchard, Anastasia Ashley, Masatoshi Ohno, Ricardo Christie, Paige Hareb, and Maz Quinn have in common?

The answer is pretty simple: an Air New Zealand board safety video. "Surfing Safari" was filmed at four legendary surf breaks: Malibu, Gold Coast, Raglan and Piha. Apparently, airlines are increasingly competing for the most entertaining in-flight safety video entertainment.

"Previous safety videos have done a fantastic job in selling seats and driving tourism flows whether it be to New Zealand off the back of the two Hobbit inspired videos and Bear Grylls experiencing one of New Zealand’s Great Walks or the collaboration with Sports Illustrated that boosted tourism to the Cook Islands," explains Jodi Williams of Air New Zealand.

Learn how to carry loose items with Alana Blanchard, know how to place the oxygen mask over your nose and mouth with Anastasia Ashley, and take a look at how you should put your life jackets on with Mick Fanning.

“A few of my mates will probably wind me up for working with a Kiwi airline but through the Air New Zealand safety video I got the opportunity to share some of my favourite local surf spots with everyone," joked Fanning.

There you go. Now, you have no excuses for not knowing the onboard safety procedures when flying away on the surf trip of your dreams.