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Watch: Jordy

Derek Morrison
Filmmaker Morgan Maassen teams up with South Africa’s Jordy Smith to bring this insight into one of the World Surf League’s most stylish surfers. “My longstanding attraction to surfing has always been through the elegance of style,” offers Morgan. “Watching the way someone can navigate a wave, connecting moves, making......
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Featured Special Feature: The Ratso Story

Derek Morrison
I’m standing in the garage with him as he sniffles back the taps and shuffles through a rack full of surfboards, his long hair hanging flat. He pulls one after another out and they’ve all got stories: he’s made a bunch of them, rode others to world titles and has......
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How To: Dial In Your Pre-Surf Stretch With Dr Oliver Farley

Dr Oliver Farley
Having a pre-surf stretch routine of some sort is vital for nearly every surfer. For younger grommets and aspiring surf athletes it will let them perform at their best. For older surfers it will ensure they can surf pain and injury free for longer. Who doesn’t want to boost like......
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Watch: Solitude, From New Zealand’s Newest Wetsuit Brand

Derek Morrison
Born of New Zealand, Coastlines Wetsuits, officially pulled up a chair at the global rubber buffet when they launched just a few short months ago. NZSJ discovered they have some heavy hitters on their team and their heart’s in the right place. A few months before the brand launched, former......
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Watch: The Allan Byrne Story

Derek Morrison
Allan Byrne contributed more to surfing than most modern surfers will ever realise. He is considered to be one of New Zealand’s most successful surfers ever, still to this day. In this short film by Clive Neeson, Allan describes in his own words what that era was like. How did he turn......
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Aotearoa Surf Film Festival: New Dates

Derek Morrison
As the Aotearoa Surf Film Festival closed in on the end of its 2020 tour, Covid-19 rose it’s head and scuttled the final events – including a screening at the Piha Pro. Event director, Nick Stevenson, has survived the ordeal and is breathing a second life into the festival for......
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Nothing Good About Covid-19 … Unless You’re Billy Stairmand

CPL
We’ve all had a topsy-turvy year, but for seven-time New Zealand surfing champ Billy Stairmand it has kind of worked out okay. Photographer Craig Levers catches up with our Olympic hope and finds out why … NZSJ: Hey Billy, you’re wearing a knee brace, what happened? During the Newcastle 5000 WQS......
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Science: The Big Wave Link Between Climate Change And The Southern Ocean

Derek Morrison
Monster waves in the Southern Ocean could grow even bigger and more frequent under climate change, scientists warn. Science journalist Jamie Morton explains what’s going on in the southern latitudes storm engine. Extreme waves in the wild and windswept ocean below New Zealand, stretching across notorious latitudes dubbed the “roaring......
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Watch: National Champ Elliot Paerata-Reid – The Post-Lockdown Edit

Derek Morrison
Current New Zealand Surfing Champion Elliot Paerata-Reid looks back on his year in this post lockdown release – you can rest-assured this is no ordinary surf memoir. From sublime Indonesian waves to a full-on aerial showcase, EPR’s film Reccy is another solid dose of the hard-charging Piha surfer. Check out......
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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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