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Buy Local: Help Pump New Zealand’s Surf Industry

Derek Morrison
The Covid-19 health crisis has taught New Zealanders a lot of things, but nothing has become clearer: we need to support local surf businesses. By supporting them we pump the vascular system of our very own New Zealand surf industry. And that reaches deep into the heart of our surf......
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The Travis McCoy Story: Nothing Puts Life Into Focus Like Death

Derek Morrison
In 2017 Mount Maunganui’s Travis McCoy went for a surf that ended in an horrific fin gash to his face. But it was what the subsequent scan showed that changed his life forever. Surf photographer Peter Chamberlain sits down with Travis a few years into his recovery to see how......
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Lockdown: What Alert Level 3 Means For Surfing

Derek Morrison
There’s a collective sigh of relief being held around the country right now as surfers throughout New Zealand suffer one more day of torment under Lockdown Level 4. That’s Indicators at Raglan above and it’s pumping on an Anzac Day holiday Monday. It would normally be packed to the gunnels.......
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Shaper Profile: Pete Anderson

Derek Morrison
With more than 36 years experience shaping surfboards out of Whangamata, Pete Anderson is one of the most humble and well-respected surfboard manufacturers in New Zealand. In this film he shares his journey from growing up in the heyday of Whangamata’s board-building industry to his insights, his hopes and most......
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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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Artist Daryn McBride Offers Surfers Some Lockdown Relief

CPL
Surf artist Daryn McBride has taken the lockdown message of community into his own hands. Now in his late 40s he’s offering New Zealanders a window into his art through a series of his colouring-in drawings. Daryn McBride is a living legend in the longboard scene. He’s a true talent and......
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How Duke Kahanamoku Helped A Kiwi Surfer Pioneer Murdering Beach

Kim Westerskov
Most of the kaumatua of New Zealand surfing will tell you that they’ve forgotten more than we’ll ever know. Assembled around a campfire in the post-surf glow of twilight the stories tumble out like moths attracted to the flames. These are stories that should be treasured, told and re-told. Like......
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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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