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Surf Athletes

Westport Nats Day 2: Top Seeds Dominate

Derek Morrison
The top seeds in the premier Open Men’s division got their campaigns off to a flying start on Day 2 at the 2022 National Surfing Championships held today at Tauranga Bay, Westport. Led by Raglan’s Billy Stairmand, seven of eight top seeds advanced through to the quarterfinals and will take......
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Surf Athletes

Leap Of Faith: Billy Stairmand

Derek Morrison
The journey of Billy Stairmand in 2021 is astounding. From fundraising just to get to the Australian qualification series, to the highs and lows of the inaugural surfing event at the Olympics to a frantic run through the Challenger Series – and all while never knowing when, or if, he......
Surf Athletes

South Island Grom Series Fires Up In Dunedin

Derek Morrison
Rewa Morrison and Jack Tyro have taken out the premier Under 18 divisions at the opening round of the 2022 South Island Grom Series held in Dunedin at the weekend. The event is a welcome back to competition for the younger surfers after Covid scuttled both the Scholastics Surfing Championships......
Boards

We’re Testing: DHD Phoenix EPS

Derek Morrison
Can Darren Handley’s Phoenix EPS breath life back into a 40-something’s small-wave froth? Well, it worked for Mick Fanning. We’ve been looking for this board for a long time … but does it meet our small-wave expectations? Like a lot of surfers in their 40s and with a bunch of......
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......
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......

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