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Boards

Board Review: Have We Found The Missing Link?

Derek Searancke
Hughes Surfboards, Link model, is the result of multi-generational shaping minds, but is this the board that’s been missing in your surfing journey? We send the 40-something-year-old Derek Searancke out on one to find out. My scenario is not uncommon among a generation of surfers entering their late 40s. Given......
Artists

Five Minutes With: 15-Year-Old Filmmaker Hunter Cooney

Derek Morrison
Whangamata surfer Hunter Cooney is the guy responsible for producing Flightless Obsession – that’s the Kiwi surf film that was borne out of our Covid-19 Lockdown. New Zealand Surf Journal caught up with the young creative along the iconic shoreline of Kaikoura. NZSJ: Hello, Hunter. What are you doing standing......
Featured

Priority Rules: Are We Getting It Right In New Zealand?

Derek Morrison
Since Surfing New Zealand implemented priority rules into local contests the quality of heat surfing has improved. But is there a dark side to the way we’re implementing it? Any blunder in priority rulings can effectively stop even the best surfer in their tracks. And that has happened at least......
Surf Athletes

Greetings From Kehu Butler

Derek Morrison
Filmmaker Billy Lee-Pope and Kehu Butler join forces to bring this epic introduction into the life of one of New Zealand’s greatest surfers, Kehu Butler. Greetings from Te Kehukehu Mokoia Ngawhika Patara Butler, or Kehu Butler, follows the 20-year-old Māori surfer and offers a glimpse into his life. You get......
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Boards

Board Review: Hughes Surfboards SB19 Custom

Brett Wood
Lockdown forces Raglan surfer Brett Wood to rethink his quiver of international brands. He returns to New Zealand-made boards with the Hughes Surfboards SB19 Custom and opens up a whole new world. His journey may sound familiar to many of us. It’s 1989. Pottz is the champ and every surf......
Artists

Bask: A Film By Isaac Chadwick (AO)

Derek Morrison
In Bask, 19-year-old filmmaker, Isaac Haki Chadwick, captures the essence of life as a student and young surfer set among the raw and tumultuous whims of the southern ocean. It’s rawness is equaled by its honesty, offering a window into something few would otherwise get to see. We caught up......
Business

Is Surfer Magazine The Canary In The Publishing Mine?

CPL
Just last week Surfer magazine folded. Yes, the seminal work that was started by John Severson in 1960 was suddenly no longer a viable business, according to its publisher, American Media Inc. It was cast aside as easily as you might squish a sand-fly on the West Coast. No fanfare.......
The Shaper's Bay

The Great NZ Surf Journal Board Giveaway: How It Works

Derek Morrison
As part of our commitment to New Zealand surfboard shapers we’re collaborating with a bunch to bring you the chance to win one of their latest board designs. Here’s how it works … and how you can win yourself one. Step 1: We ask a local New Zealand shaper to......
Boards

Shaper Walkthrough: The Link With Luke Hughes

Derek Morrison
Shaper Luke Hughes, of Hughes Surfboards, walks us through the Link model. Designed by his father the late great, Craig Hughes, with tweaks by Luke, the Link is designed to take intermediate surfers from fun boards into the performance realm. The Link is also the ideal model for those heavier......
Surf Athletes

Scholastics 2020: Day 4 In 40 Frames

Derek Morrison
Auckland overpowers Canterbury to take the lead on Day 3 at the National Scholastic Surfing Championships contested at Meatworks, Kaikoura. A murky night of cold rain gave way to glossy waves in the 3-4 foot range at Meatworks as the National Scholastics Surfing Championships resumed with Day 4 of competition......

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