Inspiration

Meet the people who weave life into the fabric of surfing. We profile interesting characters with an amazing story and an obsession with the ocean. Read about up and coming surfers and crusty old locals who smell like billy goats and ride single fins. If they have a story to tell, you’ll find them in here. Come and be inspired by artists, business gurus and thought leaders in our well of inspiration.

Inspiration

Jack Of All Trades, Master Of Most: Jack Tyro

Derek Morrison
At the Nationals this year in Westport one surfer stood tall among so many. It wasn’t just because of the seamless lines he’d take on his waves, or his ability to surf a variety of craft, but for his consistency in his heats, and as a great human. At 15,......
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40 Frames: 2022 Canterbury Champs

Derek Morrison
The Exit Surf Men’s Canterbury Surfing Championship titles coincided with a fun-size swell to create the perfect canvas for some of New Zealand’s best surfers. Here’s 40 Frames to capture the moments as they unfolded …...
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Caleb Cutmore Wins Canterbury Champs

Derek Morrison
Over three days at the end of April surfers across Canterbury battled it out for Exit Surf Men’s Canterbury Surfing Championship titles. With Daniel Farr, Caleb Cutmore, Taylor Hutchison, Kalani Louis and more North Island surfers joining the fray on the heels of the South Island Champs, the stage was......
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40 Frames: South Island Champs

Derek Morrison
You know the drill: 40 Frames that capture the essence of the 2022 Emerson’s South Island Surfing Championships held at St Clair, Dunedin, over Easter. If you were looking for the results then they’re right here. But otherwise you’re in the right place. Here’s 40 Frames of Southern goodness:  ...
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10 Moments From The South Island Champs

Derek Morrison
Pumping waves, high tides and some brisk conditions brought a little bit of everything to the 2022 Emerson’s South Island Surfing Championships held at St Clair, Dunedin, over Easter. With so few SNZ-rated events on the calendar in 2022, the South Island Champs attracted most of the North Island’s best......
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Taranaki Crew Honour Friend With Kaikoura Paddle Out

Derek Morrison
Team Taranaki earned a lineup to themselves in pumping conditions at Meatworks during the South Island Grom Series Kaikoura Grom comp earlier this month. The team paddled out to pay their respects to Jeremy Grainger who passed away earlier in the week. They soon had the peaks to themselves as......
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40 Frames: Beneath The Peaks At The Kaikoura Grom Comp

Derek Morrison
For the second event in a row, The Connect Group South Island Grom Series is gifted with pumping waves, this time at Kaikoura. With valuable SISA Grom Series and Surfing NZ points on offer, the Kaikoura event attracts a slew of the best surfers from the North Island including Natasha......
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South Island Grom Series Wraps Up In Pumping Waves

Derek Morrison


The Connect Group South Island Grom Series wrapped up in pumping waves at Kaikoura allowing the top Kiwi surfers the chance to show their best surfing. Tao Mouldey (Mnt) and Natasha Gouldsbury (Tara) claimed the Under 18 Boys and Girls Divisions respectively. 

The third and final event of the series......
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Team Backdoor Score Southern Gems

Derek Morrison
The concept is simple: take a bunch of Backdoor’s best team surfers and put them into the best waves we can find in the south. Covid has other ideas. The lineup is impeccable: newly crowned national champion Daniel Farr, Under 18 national champion Ava Henderson, inaugural Super 16 champion Taylor......
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40 Frames: New Brighton Grom Comp Pumps

Derek Morrison
When an all-time swell arrives at the same time as the most frothing groms in the country, you just know the result will be epic. That’s what happened at the 2022 The Connect Group South Island Grom Series New Brighton surf comp this past weekend. You can read the full......

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