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Watch: Paige Hareb’s Unexpected Journey

Derek Morrison
What happens when the world’s hungriest World Qualifying Surfers are suddenly cut-free from their commitments when the 2020 Piha Pro is postponed due to COVID-19? Well, if Paige Hareb is involved then there is only one solution: grab a handful of good people and indoctrinate them into the ways to......
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Southern Surfing Wahine Share A Lockdown Beer

Derek Morrison
Bored in lockdown and struggling to stay out of the water? You’re not alone, but in this Covid-19 tarnished world there is a bright side: get creative like these southern surfing girls did. The South Island Surfing Championships were supposed to have been held this past weekend (and the waves......
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The Paulownia Whisperer: Xylo Woodcraft

Derek Morrison
Michael Gilling has been creating wooden surfboards for the past three years. Today, it’s finally time to show them to the world. He gathers his two close friends together on a road trip to show them his three-year secret. Michael shows us his creative process from tree to craft &......
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COVID-19 Lockdown: New Zealand Surfers Asked To Help In Crisis

Derek Morrison
New Zealand’s surfing communities have been asked to stay out of the water for at least the next four weeks to play their role in curbing the transmission of Coronavirus COVID-19. While it’s a hard pill to swallow and certainly not a well-communicated component of the lockdown, leading surfing communities......
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Piha Pro Postponed

Derek Morrison
The 2020 Corona Piha Pro has been postponed as World Surf League puts into action its sweeping reaction to the Coronavirus pandemic, halting all of its March events throughout the world. The Corona Piha Pro organisers apologised to stakeholders, residents, surfers and fans in a statement released today. “We ask......
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Grom Series Champions Crowned By Occy And Ryan Callinan

Derek Morrison
Six young series champions were crowned by Australian surfing legends Mark “Occy” Occhilupo and Ryan Callinan at the Billabong Grom Series presented by Oceanbridge, which concluded at Piha, Auckland yesterday. The culmination of three events was played out in solid 1.5m waves with strong cross-shore winds offering up new challenges......
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Elliot Paerata-Reid Makes Final At Great Lakes Pro, Billy Stairmand Third

Derek Morrison
Elliot Paerata-Reid and Billy Stairmand have kicked off their 2020 World Qualifying Series campaigns in stellar form, both landing in the same semi-final heat. Paerata-Reid managed to repeat his effort from the Nationals in Dunedin, holding off an in-form Stairmand to book his finals berth at Boomerang Beach, Great Lakes,......
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Piha Pro: A Spectator’s Guide

Derek Morrison
Here’s the cheat sheet on how you can best soak up the atmosphere of the Corona Piha Pro when it rolls into Piha from March 15-22. Firstly, there is a Piha Pro Junior that takes place on March 14 for the men and women. It’s stop number 7 on the......
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Four-Time World Champion Carissa Moore Confirmed For Piha Pro

Derek Morrison
Reigning World Champion Carissa Moore has confirmed that she will compete at the inaugural Corona Piha Pro in New Zealand in March. The Hawaiian became the youngest ever surfing World Champion when she claimed her first title in 2011 at the age of 18, before taking the title again in......

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