Kehu Butler - future Māori surf star

What this boy enjoys most is surfing the sea.

Kehu Butler is only 12 years old, but he's already made a name for himself in Australia by winning the prestigious Skull Candy Oz Grommit comp last year.

His family says they were told by a top Australian coach that Kehu has the potential to be like Kelly Slater one day.

Family plays a big part in his success, and they're all here to support him at the nationals.

After winning the major competition last year, Kehu and his father Khan are heading to Australia in March to see Kehu's idol, Kelly Slater, in action.

Reporter:  Heeni Brown