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Ella Williams Third At Roxy Open, Fistral Beach

Derek Morrison
Whangamata surfer Ella Williams finishes third at the Roxy Open QS1000, held at Fistral Beach, Cornwall, UK, at the weekend, showing blazing form all the way into her semi-final exit. While it was a mixed bag of results for previous winners at Fistral, our own Ella Williams could do no......
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Review: Need Essentials Thermal 4:3 Steamer

Derek Morrison
We were blown away by the value for money with our Need Essentials steamer produced by a company that prides itself on stripping away the costs of traditional surf wetsuit production. By minimising packaging, branding, expensive advertising campaigns and retail markups, Need Essentials is able to deliver a high-end adult......
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Long-Term Test: O’Neill Hyperfreak 4:3 Zip Less Comp Wetsuit

Derek Morrison
O’Neill has turned the technology dial right up with the material used in its Hyperfreak range and if this zip less 4:3 suit is anything to go by then they’re on to something. We’ve thrash tested ours for more than two years now. This is what we discovered … When......
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Review: Quiksilver Highline Plus 2mm Hood

Derek Morrison
Some of the design elements of the Quiksilver Highline Plus 2mm hood have tackled the biggest issues most surfers have with pulling on a hood for winter. These features stand the Highline Plus hood head-and shoulders above conventional hoods. In our experience, most of the hoods out there only do......
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That East Swell: Winter’s Eight-Day Anomaly

Derek Morrison
In 2019 an east swell hit the Otago coastline in the middle of the winter. It was accompanied by a window of unseasonably settled weather, producing eight days of incredible surf conditions. Here’s what the tail end of that run of swell looked like. It doesn’t get much better than......
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Travel Warning: How To Avoid Excessive Baggage Charges

Derek Morrison
Be warned: Qantas’s excess baggage charges and policy are designed to trap travelling surfers. New Zealand Surf Journal’s editor Derek Morrison finds out first hand how the Aussie airline is making a questionable fortune in Bali. The Bali season is in full swing and this little island of the Indonesian......
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Watch: Inside The Nomadic Life Of Joe Wilson

Derek Morrison
Filmmaker Sara Guix, interviews singer songwriter Joe Wilson in Raglan for her next installment of her Why Did You Leave? series on travellers and inspiring people. “It’s a wonderfully honest and fun video on why I committed to travelling and leaving home to follow music,” laughs Joe. “This is an......
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Breaking News: John John Florence Ruptures ACL In Brazil

Derek Morrison
John John Florence has announced he has ruptured his ACL while in Brazil and has withdrawn from the 2019 Corona Open at Jeffreys Bay. The current World Championship Tour leader is opting to go straight under the knife, likely ending any chance of a return to competition in 2019. The......
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Surfing Gets The Vote For Paris 2024 Olympics

Derek Morrison
Surfing’s Olympic future in good health after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) votes to include surfing on the sports programme for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. The vote, by the IOC membership, came today during the 134th IOC session in Lausanne, Switzerland. Final ratification will be made by the IOC......

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