Derek Morrison

https://www.derekmorrison.co.nz/ - 67 Posts - 17 Comments
Born in the Waikato, Derek has worked as a photographer since 1994. During that time he has surfed and photographed extensively throughout New Zealand the Pacific, South Africa and Australia. Derek founded New Zealand Surf Journal in 2018 to "raise the tide for all boats" by shining a light on the New Zealand surf industry. He lives in Dunedin with his wife, Rachael and three children, Taya, Rewa and Keo. Derek was recently named New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year for 2018.
Boards Featured Gear The Shaper's Bay

Watch: How Epoxy Has Changed The Shaping Game

Derek Morrison
Surfboard shaper Luke Hughes tells us about the difference between epoxy and PU boards as he walks us through his popular Zorkn model. He shows us how epoxy construction has opened up a slew of options when it comes to flex management and design. Epoxy surfboard construction has been around...
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Billy Stairmand Wins Rip Curl Pro

Derek Morrison
Raglan’s Billy Stairmand wins his third straight Rip Curl Pro title after blowing away a strong field of domestic surfers today at Manu Bay, Raglan. Stairmand was joined by Mount Maunganui surfer Raiha Ensor who claimed the women’s title. Stairmand looked unstoppable all weekend and his relentless performances continued into...
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New Zealand’s Richest Surfing Event Makes History With TAB

Derek Morrison
Surfing in New Zealand is about to make history this weekend with Raglan’s Rip Curl Pro featuring at the TAB. Forget your fantasy surf leagues, this is the real thing with real money at stake. Who’s your money on? Billy Stairmand? Dune Kennings? Maz Quinn? Aimee Brown or Ella Williams?...
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Single Fin Mingle: The Best Party Sumner Has Ever Seen

Derek Morrison
There are very few surf events that don’t rely on a thumping swell to carry them off. When it comes to the Single Fin Mingle it seems a questionable surf forecast can hardly dent the buzz. Hello Zukeen’s Sam Fraser-Baxter dusted off his tweed suit to capture the excitement of...
Environment Featured Issues

Watch: Wild Waters, The Fight To Protect The Great Australian Bight

Derek Morrison
The Great Australian Bight is one of Australia’s least known stretches of wilderness. It is a cauldron of unsung natural treasures, biodiversity, landscapes and waves. A pristine wilderness, it is one of the world’s last unexploited areas and home to thriving coastal communities, whale sanctuaries and more unique marine life...
Environment Featured Issues

Watch: Sea Shepherd Surveys Biodiversity Of The Great Australian Bight

Derek Morrison
Early last year, Sea Shepherd Australia invited scientists from the South Australian Government to accompany them on a science expedition aboard the M/Y Steve Irwin to the Investigator Marine Park. This was the first-of-its-kind partnership with The South Australian Department of Environment and Water. What they discovered was a compelling...
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Surf Photography: Secret Surf Missions In Our Rural Heartland

Derek Morrison
Surf photographers go to extraordinary lengths to capture our waves and those who surf them. One of New Zealand’s finest even employs SAS-level training and wears a specially made sniper suit to roam the coastline completely undetected. He does it to capture line-ups that you’ll never find. He makes sure...
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Kiwis Thriving At Vissla Central Coast Pro

Derek Morrison
Billy Stairmand and Elliot Paerata-Reid have posted the two highest heat scores of Round 3 at the Vissla Central Coast Pro. Held at Avoca, on the Central Coast of NSW, they’ll be joined by Kehu Butler as Round 4 continues across the weekend. Moderate onshore winds and a slight drop...
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Photo Essay: East Coast Pumps Part 2 – Gisborne

Derek Morrison
The February swell that swept into the East Coast and drifted south made a direct hit on Gisborne. The wonky, wobbly swell hit with such intensity that only few breaks could properly handle the volume of water moving around. The unusual easterly swell direction added to the confusion. But if...

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