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Nothing enhances the surf experience like having the best gear and technology under your feet and wrapped around your body. We thrash the best gear available so you can make better purchasing choices and ultimately surf better. Check out the latest technology for boards, wetsuits, fins and any other hardware you need to enhance your next session.

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Watch: Lost Track, A Surf Adventure Through New Zealand

Derek Morrison
Lost Track follows two Byron Bay mates surfer Torren Martyn and filmmaker Ishka Folkwell as they embark on the journey of a lifetime throughout New Zealand in search of perfect waves and life long memories. Their three-month motorcycle surfing adventure takes them into the depths of our great southern land......
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New Zealand Surf Journal Scores New Toyota Highlander

Derek Morrison
New Zealand Surf Journal lands a tidy new Toyota Highlander and $10,000 media package through the Toyota and Mediaworks Small Business Driver promotion. Designed to help businesses who suffered as Covid-19 took its grip on New Zealand in March and April, the Small Business Driver was created by Mediaworks and......
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Review: Solite Custom 3mm Heat-Moldable Booties

Derek Morrison
Love them or hate them, booties are like the necessary evil when it comes to year-round surfing in New Zealand. Solite reckons its Custom 3mm heat-moldable booties have taken winter surfing to a whole new level. We bought a pair to find our for ourselves. But before we get into......
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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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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......
Boards Featured Gear Inspiration Latest News The Shaper's Bay

Featured 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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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......
Artists Boards Featured Gear Inspiration Latest News The Shaper's Bay

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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Iconic Kiwi Surfboard Shaper To Close Factory, Move To Japan

Grant Dyson
Renowned Mount Maunganui-based shaper Andy Jordan will soon bow to a strong call from the Land of the Rising Sun and move to a “forgotten” Japanese island to live. The veteran shaper has crafted an extraordinary 7330-plus “AJ” boards – short, long, twin fins and all the rest, over about......

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