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Fin School Part 4: The Quad Dilemma

Derek Morrison
To quad, or not to quad? That is one of the big questions these days with five box fin set-ups becoming the norm. So when should you chuck your rear fin and go for a quad set-up? New Zealand Surf Journal sits down with Hughes Surfboards shaper and Raglan Surf......
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Fin School Part 3: Variations & Experimentation

Derek Morrison
Experimenting with fins can open up a whole new realm of possibilities with your equipment. In some cases the right fin combination can even bring the best out of your board. New Zealand Surf Journal sits down with Hughes Surfboards shaper and Raglan Surf Co owner Luke Hughes to tap......
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Fin School Part 2: Construction & Flex

Derek Morrison
Surfboard fin construction and the way a fin flexes are two of the biggest contributors to fin performance. Tailoring your fin selection to the type of waves you want to ride can bring a board to life. In this film New Zealand Surf Journal sits down with Hughes Surfboards shaper......
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From Waste Plastic To Surfboards: Three Kiwis Lead The Way

Derek Morrison
Momentum for the environment may be building painstakingly slowly within the surf industry, but not for the three New Zealanders driving Spooked Kooks recycled surfboards out of Bondi. It was during a morning session at Sandy Bay, that I had my first encounter with a Dead Hippy. It was under......
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How To Choose Surfboard Fins: Part 1

Derek Morrison
Trying to find your way through the quagmire of fins available these days can do your head in. New Zealand Surf Journal sits down with Hughes Surfboards shaper and Raglan Surf Co owner Luke Hughes to tap into his wealth of knowledge. In this film, Part 1 of 4, Luke......
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Crystal Ball Gazing: The Future Of Surfboard Technology With Primal

Derek Morrison
New Zealand Surf Journal asks Primal’s lead surfboard shapers, Glen Carkeek and Steve Hamlyn, to share their insights on what’s coming next in surfboard design, technology and manufacture. With a combined 60 years of experience in the shaping bay and a bunch of shaping innovations already under their belt, we’re......
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Watch: Laurie Towner Finds The Simple Life Of WA

Derek Morrison
Life on the edge of a desert is simple living. Especially on Western Australia’s remote coastline when a swell begins pushing across the reefs and points. Laurie Towner reminds us all of the importance of the simple life. A renowned big wave surfer, the very laidback Towner, steals a chance......
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Watch: Jamie Civil’s Masterclass In Backhand Barrel Riding

Derek Morrison
He may prefer to hide away from the limelight, but Jamie Civil keeps drawing attention to himself in pumping hollow waves. Civil would have to be one of New Zealand’s best barrel riders and this edit by Tim Shaw and Oscar Johns attests to that. Filmed over a winter in......
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Chris Malone, Zhana Hutchieson Claim Aotearoa Maori Titles



Derek Morrison
Chris Malone and Zhana Hutchieson surfed to victory at the Aotearoa Maori Titles at the end of October and in doing so claim two of the coveted trials slots for the Piha Pro scheduled for March 2020. Malone and Hutchieson fought off some tough opponents with excellent surfing on the......
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Waikato Surfers Use Home Wave Advantage To Dominate At Scholastics

Derek Morrison
Waikato surfers dominate at the 2019 National Scholastic Surfing Championships claiming the team title, winning two of the seven titles on offer and boasting six surfers in the finals. The five-day event wrapped up yesterday in a 1.5m swell at Manu Bay, Raglan. Finals day saw the biggest surf of......

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