Inspiration

The Making Of Bask: Volume II

Derek Morrison
In 2020 young filmmaker Isaac Chadwick burst onto the surf scene in Otago with Bask. It was a gritty, insiders peek into the world of the surfing student in Otago. Nothing was sacred. He captured a vibrant youth culture thriving in the sub-culture of student life set to a background......
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Surf Athletes

Billy Stairmand Advances At Haleiwa

Derek Morrison
Raglan’s Billy Stairmand has bounced back from a string of shock first round exits throughout the Challenger Series to surf his way comfortably into the Round of 32 at Haleiwa, Hawaii. It’s the final curtain of the 2021 WSL Challenger Series and the draw is loaded. That makes Billy’s journey......
Surf Athletes

Alexis Owen & Poppy Entwisle Win South Island Primary School Champs

Derek Morrison
Alexis Owen and Poppy Entwisle open their summer competitive surfing campaigns with emphatic wins at the South Island Primary School Champs, held at North Wai, New Brighton, at the weekend. The warm coast of New Brighton delivered waves in the 1-2 foot range for the contest with a mixture of......
Inspiration

The Betty Zine Culture Fount

Derek Morrison
Out of lockdown blooms a new magazine that puts women at the centre of New Zealand surfing culture and champions their connection with the ocean. Find out how these three, in their early 30s, turned lockdown adversity into a magnetic creative surf production … and why it is here to......
Artists

Ben Thouard: Inside Chopes With One Of The World’s Best Photographers

Derek Morrison
As world-renowned photographer Ben Thouard releases his new book, Turbulences, filmmaker Morgan Maassen documents his creative process at one of the world’s most beautiful waves: Ben’s home break, Teahupo’o, Tahiti. “Ben Thouard is based out of Teahupo’o, Tahiti, where he spends the vast majority of his time and energy swimming......
Pacific

Watch: Goddesses

Derek Morrison
Acclaimed filmmaker Morgan Maassen brings us his latest film, Goddesses, which explores the lives of three young Tahitian girls: Vahine, Heimiti and Kohai Fierro. Set in their home against a dramatic backdrop of Tahiti’s jungle, mountains and reefbreaks, this film is as mesmerizing as it is soulful. “My obsession with......
Sessions

Watch: Eimeo Czermak Scores Late Season Teahupo’o

Derek Morrison
There’s something very exciting happening at the 2024 Paris Olympic Games venue of Teahupo’o in Tahiti. The local surfers are stepping up to the plate in a big way, led by a mixture of the older guard and the new rising stars in the Tahitian lineup. In this film teenage......
Inspiration

Bask: Volume II

Derek Morrison
Filmed over the nine months of the university year in Ōtepoti Dunedin, the Bask series returns with a vengeance. Filmmaker Isaac Chadwick has turned up the dial on the party and surf elements of Dunedin’s student surfer lifestyle. It’s clear early on that twice the blood sweat and beers have......
Environment

Surfing With Sea Lions: The Cheat Sheet

Derek Morrison
Surfing on the Otago Coast is a sublime experience most of the time, but the number of surfers who report supposed “near-death encounters” with sea lions is puzzling. According to Doc Coastal Otago Ranger Jim Fyfe, we’re reading them all wrong. In this film he offers us his cheat sheet......

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