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40 Frames: The Coldwater Classic

Derek Morrison
The 2022 O’Neill Kaikoura Coldwater Classic taps into some fun waves as the first bite of winter chews it’s way through the field. Local lad Levi O’Connor and young rising star Poppy Entwisle ride to the top in the Open Men’s and Women’s fields. Kaikoura has a way of charming......
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Watch: Heavy Water Strike Mission

Isaac Chadwick
It’s not every day you get to share eight-foot caverns with your mates with less than 10 people out, but given the right circumstances and location, it’s still achievable here in New Zealand. Luckily this was us recently at a fickle beachbreak deep in the Catlins. Ollie Charlesworth had just......
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Jack Of All Trades, Master Of Most: Jack Tyro

Derek Morrison
At the Nationals this year in Westport one surfer stood tall among so many. It wasn’t just because of the seamless lines he’d take on his waves, or his ability to surf a variety of craft, but for his consistency in his heats, and as a great human. At 15,......
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40 Frames: South Island Champs

Derek Morrison
You know the drill: 40 Frames that capture the essence of the 2022 Emerson’s South Island Surfing Championships held at St Clair, Dunedin, over Easter. If you were looking for the results then they’re right here. But otherwise you’re in the right place. Here’s 40 Frames of Southern goodness:  ...
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Taranaki Crew Honour Friend With Kaikoura Paddle Out

Derek Morrison
Team Taranaki earned a lineup to themselves in pumping conditions at Meatworks during the South Island Grom Series Kaikoura Grom comp earlier this month. The team paddled out to pay their respects to Jeremy Grainger who passed away earlier in the week. They soon had the peaks to themselves as......
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Team Backdoor Score Southern Gems

Derek Morrison
The concept is simple: take a bunch of Backdoor’s best team surfers and put them into the best waves we can find in the south. Covid has other ideas. The lineup is impeccable: newly crowned national champion Daniel Farr, Under 18 national champion Ava Henderson, inaugural Super 16 champion Taylor......
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Salt In The Veins: Crusaders Coach Scott Robertson

Derek Morrison
The DHL Super Rugby Pacific competition is a pressure cooker. Especially with Covid running rampant – an axe that could neutralise any team at a moment’s notice. For Crusaders’ coach Scott “Razor” Robertson that pressure is best wrangled with a pre-game surf. It is the morning before the Moana Pasifika......
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Video Review: Aquatech DC-5 Water Housing

Derek Morrison
After more than 10 years of swimming around lineups with this housing we decide to give the DC-5 housing from Aquatech a thorough review. The DC-5 is designed for the Canon EOS 5D range of cameras and we ran in ours a 5D MkII, 5D MkIII, 5D MkIV and the......
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40 Frames: Whangamata Grom Series, Part 1

Derek Morrison
Taranaki surfer Skylar McFetridge surfed to her first national win at the second event of the Billabong Grom Series presented by Oceanbridge held at Whangamata today. McFetridge was joined by Sol Fritchley (Mnt) and Lola Groube (Pau) as winners in their respective divisions today. Fritchley backed up his stunning win......
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Taranaki Dominate Nationals: Paige Hareb And Daniel Farr Crowned

Derek Morrison
Taranaki surfers Paige Hareb and Daniel Farr both claimed their first titles in the premier Open Women’s and Men’s Divisions at the 2022 National Surfing Championships completed at Nine Mile Beach on Saturday. The final showdown of the five-day event was relocated to Nine Mile Beach where participants were met......

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