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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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Sustainability And Innovation Key Drivers At Seventhwave Wetsuits

Derek Morrison
Lying on a table in Seventhwave’s Ferrymead factory in Christchurch is a fluffy orange wetsuit that doesn’t look anything like the wetsuit manufacturer’s flagship Yamamoto suits. Sarah smiles, she lifts the wetsuit up and explains the prototype to me. “I haven’t surfed in this one yet,” she admits with a......
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A Daily Practice: The Philosophy Driving Sadhana Surfboards

Derek Morrison
I knew it was Jay standing there in the parking lot. It wasn’t because he wore the hair of a rocker, or that he stood in dusty jeans with a plain, unbranded mushroom-coloured jersey. It was the fine gradient of foam dust on his fingers that gave him away. Since......
8.5
Featured Gear Reviews Wetsuit Tech

Review: 300 Surfs In Rip Curl’s New Heat Seeker … Here’s What Failed

Derek Morrison
At the start of 2019 Rip Curl launched an all-new wetsuit aimed straight at the top end of the market and billed to incorporate technology that would change the wetsuit game forever. We got our hands on a Flashbomb Heat Seeker 4:3 and thrashed it to death. Here’s what we......
8.3
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Review: Need Essentials Thermal 4:3 Steamer

Derek Morrison
We were blown away by the value for money with our Need Essentials steamer produced by a company that prides itself on stripping away the costs of traditional surf wetsuit production. By minimising packaging, branding, expensive advertising campaigns and retail markups, Need Essentials is able to deliver a high-end adult......
8.5
Featured Gear Reviews Wetsuit Tech

Long-Term Test: O’Neill Hyperfreak 4:3 Zip Less Comp Wetsuit

Derek Morrison
O’Neill has turned the technology dial right up with the material used in its Hyperfreak range and if this zip less 4:3 suit is anything to go by then they’re on to something. We’ve thrash tested ours for more than two years now. This is what we discovered … When......
8.5
Featured Gear Reviews Wetsuit Tech

Review: Quiksilver Highline Plus 2mm Hood

Derek Morrison
Some of the design elements of the Quiksilver Highline Plus 2mm hood have tackled the biggest issues most surfers have with pulling on a hood for winter. These features stand the Highline Plus hood head-and shoulders above conventional hoods. In our experience, most of the hoods out there only do......
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Watch: How Epoxy Has Changed The Shaping Game

Derek Morrison
Surfboard shaper Luke Hughes tells us about the difference between epoxy and PU boards as he walks us through his popular Zorkn model. He shows us how epoxy construction has opened up a slew of options when it comes to flex management and design. Epoxy surfboard construction has been around......
9.5
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Book Review: Barbarian Days, A Surfing Life by William Finnegan

Darren Eade
“Surfers are self-centered arseholes sometimes.” I’m sure the surf obsessed among us recognise this sentiment. It’s in that moment when your partner catches you looking out the window at the toetoe plants for wind directions, and checking the tides at the most inconvenient times of the day. I suspect this......

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