Surf Athletes

Five Minutes With Anna Brock

Derek Morrison
From a stellar run at the 2021 Nationals to a string of top results in the Billabong Grom Series, 16-year-old Anna Brock, is on a performance surge right now. We sit down with the Mount Maunganui-based surfer right before her Under 16 final at the Billabong Grom Comp at Whangamata.......
Inspiration

40 Frames: The Duke Festival of Surfing

Derek Morrison
There are very few surfing events that really buck the trend and blow their participants and spectators away. Even fewer deserve the “festival” monicker, but The Duke Festival takes the challenge by the short and curlies and knocks it right out of the park. Many years ago local Christchurch surf......
Surf Athletes

Taylor Hutchison, Paige Hareb Win $3000 At Raglan Pro

Derek Morrison
Paige Hareb and Taylor Hutchison have risen to the challenge to win the 20th edition of the Rip Curl Raglan Pro held at Manu Bay at the weekend. Raglan’s Taylor Hutchison and Taranaki’s Paige Hareb surfed to big wins at the Rip Curl Pro Raglan presented by Corona today (Sunday,......
Surf Athletes

Zen Wallis And Ava Henderson Win The Duke

Derek Morrison
Zen Wallis and Ava Henderson negotiate tough conditions to take titles in honour of the father of surfing, Duke Kahanamoku, at the Ray White Duke Festival of Surfing held at New Brighton Beach, Christchurch. Zen Wallis, of Piha, and Ava Henderson, of Christchurch, were among fourteen champions crowned at the......
Environment

Sharks: Extinction Seems Imminent

Derek Morrison
Despite an increase in shark sightings and one fatality this summer in New Zealand, the future of our shark populations has long had marine scientists concerned. Now, the results of a new Nature study show just how grim things really are. Marine biologist Melissa Cristina Márquez, also known as the......
Surf Athletes

Rising Grom: Isaac Klein-Ovink

Derek Morrison
Almost two years ago the Klein-Ovink family realised they had life back-to-front. They lived in Auckland and traveled to surf. So they uprooted the family home and moved to Papamoa. For 17-year-old Isaac, his older sister, Baylin, and younger brother, PJ, that was a dream come true. NZSJ: Tell us......
Surf Athletes

40 Frames: Billabong Grom Series, Whangamata

Derek Morrison
With the tail-end of a cyclone swell to stir things, up the 2021 Billabong Grom Series, held at Whangamata at the weekend, had it all. From pumping waves right through to onshore mush. Here’s 40 frames that capture the spirit of it all....
Surf Athletes

Robinson, Shewry Claim Wins At Whangamata Grom Series

Derek Morrison
Whangarei’s Tom Robinson broke a two-year win drought over the weekend with his female counterpart Ariana Shewry, of Taranaki getting her first national event win in four years at the Whangamata grom comp. The two surfers claimed the Under 18 Divisions of the second event of the Billabong Grom Series......

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