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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.

Featured Fins Gear

Fin School Part 4: The Quad Dilemma

Derek Morrison
To quad, or not to quad? That is one of the big questions these days with five box fin set-ups becoming the norm. So when should you chuck your rear fin and go for a quad set-up? New Zealand Surf Journal sits down with Hughes Surfboards shaper and Raglan Surf......
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Fin School Part 3: Variations & Experimentation

Derek Morrison
Experimenting with fins can open up a whole new realm of possibilities with your equipment. In some cases the right fin combination can even bring the best out of your board. New Zealand Surf Journal sits down with Hughes Surfboards shaper and Raglan Surf Co owner Luke Hughes to tap......
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Fin School Part 2: Construction & Flex

Derek Morrison
Surfboard fin construction and the way a fin flexes are two of the biggest contributors to fin performance. Tailoring your fin selection to the type of waves you want to ride can bring a board to life. In this film New Zealand Surf Journal sits down with Hughes Surfboards shaper......
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From Waste Plastic To Surfboards: Three Kiwis Lead The Way

Derek Morrison
Momentum for the environment may be building painstakingly slowly within the surf industry, but not for the three New Zealanders driving Spooked Kooks recycled surfboards out of Bondi. It was during a morning session at Sandy Bay, that I had my first encounter with a Dead Hippy. It was under......
Featured Fins Gear The Shaper's Bay

How To Choose Surfboard Fins: Part 1

Derek Morrison
Trying to find your way through the quagmire of fins available these days can do your head in. New Zealand Surf Journal sits down with Hughes Surfboards shaper and Raglan Surf Co owner Luke Hughes to tap into his wealth of knowledge. In this film, Part 1 of 4, Luke......
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Crystal Ball Gazing: The Future Of Surfboard Technology With Primal

Derek Morrison
New Zealand Surf Journal asks Primal’s lead surfboard shapers, Glen Carkeek and Steve Hamlyn, to share their insights on what’s coming next in surfboard design, technology and manufacture. With a combined 60 years of experience in the shaping bay and a bunch of shaping innovations already under their belt, we’re......
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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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Kathmandu Buys Rip Curl For $368 Million

Derek Morrison
New Zealand company Kathmandu yesterday entered into a binding agreement to acquire 100 percent of the Rip Curl Group Pty Limited for NZ$368 million. The deal is expected to be completed by the end of 2019. The sale should come as no surprise, Rip Curl’s founders, Brian Singer and Douglas......
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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......
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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......

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