November 2018

Inspiration Surf Athletes

Crunching The Numbers: Ricardo Christie Qualifies (We’re 99% Certain)

Lyndon Fairbairn
Well, it’s about as official as unofficial gets. Our team of analysts have crunched every possible scenario and WSL possibility and it’s beyond a shadow of doubt. We’ve put ourselves out there, we’re calling it first: our Kiwi QS charger, Ricardo Christie, is now squarely cemented and set to rejoin...
Environment Featured Issues

Iconic Mangamaunu Point Break Gets Reprieve, Carpark Axed

Derek Morrison
The iconic Mangamaunu Bay earns reprieve from NZ Transport Agency’s shared use cycle path plans following the Surfbreak Protection Society’s judicial review mediation. It’s a win for all surfers in New Zealand and testament to the power of the people when working together for a cause. UPDATED: November 27, 2018...
Environment Issues

Saving An Icon: Inside The Mangamaunu Saga

Derek Morrison
We have few treasures around our coastline as iconic as the arcing sweep of coastline known as Mangamaunu just north of Kaikoura. On a flat day it’s beautiful: a shimmering blue sea lapping up to a dark rocky shoreline that is separated from the jagged snowcapped peaks of the Seaward...
Artists Gear New Zealand Reviews 8.0

Book Review: NZ Surf: The Collection Vol. 1

Darren Eade
From discussions with artistic souls, cross-stepping wave sliders, neck-tattooed lip-launchers and salty old sea dogs there’s something for everyone in NZ Surf: The Collection Vol.1. Drawing from a range of historical and recent material, and from a variety of contributors, this volume directed by Warren Hawke, is an open-hearted sweep...
Boards Inspiration The Shaper's Bay

Roger Hall Stole My Shaper: Inside The HC–Surfline Deal

CPL
HC Surfboards shaper Hayden Chamberlain has moved his operation north to Ruakaka and into Roger Hall’s Surfline surfboard factory. It’s a mutual relationship that should see both brands benefit. But surf photojournalist Craig Levers thinks he just may be the one missing out. A couple of months ago West Auckland...
Inspiration Surf Athletes

Ricardo Surges To The Podium At Hawaiian Pro, Now Seventh In QS

Derek Morrison
Ricardo Christie laid down a new chapter in New Zealand surfing history today when he went blow-for-blow with three of the world’s best in the final of the Hawaiian Pro at Haleiwa. His third place finish catapulted Ricardo from 14th to seventh on the WQS rankings and puts him in...
Featured Fitness Surf Better

Surf Coach: So, Just How Physically Demanding Is A Session At Raglan?

Dr Oliver Farley
It is well-documented: only a surfer knows that feeling … of utter exhaustion after a session at Raglan. But just how much physical exertion is involved? We put that question to surfer and exercise physiology expert Dr Oliver Farley. Here’s the breakdown … A surfer in a competitive heat at...
Surf Athletes

Paige Hareb Re-Qualifies For 2019 World Championship Tour

Derek Morrison
Taranaki’s Paige Hareb has re-qualified for the 2019 Championship Tour today at Birubi Beach, Port Stephens, NSW, Australia. It was here last year that she re-qualified for the World Surf League Championship Tour with an outstanding quarterfinal result. Today she’s once again booked herself a starting spot in the 2019...
Boards Featured Inspiration Technique The Shaper's Bay

The Tao of Johnny Ramone

Darren Eade
There is a place in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, New York, Bowery 315, where you can worship a sacred site: the birthplace of The Ramones, Blondie and Talking Heads. CBGBs was no bigger than two fish ‘n’ chip shops stuck together. The trouble is, that it’s now a...

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