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.

Surf Athletes

Zen Wallis And Ava Henderson Win The Duke

Derek Morrison
Zen Wallis and Ava Henderson negotiate tough conditions to take titles in honour of the father of surfing, Duke Kahanamoku, at the Ray White Duke Festival of Surfing held at New Brighton Beach, Christchurch. Zen Wallis, of Piha, and Ava Henderson, of Christchurch, were among fourteen champions crowned at the......
Surf Athletes

Rising Grom: Isaac Klein-Ovink

Derek Morrison
Almost two years ago the Klein-Ovink family realised they had life back-to-front. They lived in Auckland and traveled to surf. So they uprooted the family home and moved to Papamoa. For 17-year-old Isaac, his older sister, Baylin, and younger brother, PJ, that was a dream come true. NZSJ: Tell us......
Surf Athletes

40 Frames: Billabong Grom Series, Whangamata

Derek Morrison
With the tail-end of a cyclone swell to stir things, up the 2021 Billabong Grom Series, held at Whangamata at the weekend, had it all. From pumping waves right through to onshore mush. Here’s 40 frames that capture the spirit of it all....
Surf Athletes

Robinson, Shewry Claim Wins At Whangamata Grom Series

Derek Morrison
Whangarei’s Tom Robinson broke a two-year win drought over the weekend with his female counterpart Ariana Shewry, of Taranaki getting her first national event win in four years at the Whangamata grom comp. The two surfers claimed the Under 18 Divisions of the second event of the Billabong Grom Series......
Surf Athletes

40 Frames: South Island Grom Series Westport

Derek Morrison
Westport turns on the sunshine for Round 2 of the 2021 South Island Grom Series with a stacked field of entrants from Dunedin, Kaikoura, Christchurch, West Coast, Raglan and Tairua. Presented by Best Wash Systems, the Westport round of the South Island Grom Series is fast becoming a favourite thanks......
Surf Athletes

Raglan Surfers Dominate Grom Series Opener At The Mount

Derek Morrison
Raglan surfers have swept four of the six divisions at the first event of the 2021 Billabong Grom Series held at Mount Maunganui this weekend including both the premier Under 18 Divisions. In a stunning display of surfing, titles went to Kora Cooper, Brie Bennett, Navryn Malone and Maya Mateja. ......
Inspiration

Featured Emerson’s Search For New Zealand’s Underground Chargers

Derek Morrison
New Zealand Surf Journal is excited to launch our nationwide Search For New Zealand’s Underground Chargers … powered by Emerson’s Brewery, of course. Yep, you read that right. We’re on the hunt for those surfers in New Zealand who drop tools when the swell starts maxing out. We’re talking big-wave......
Surf Athletes

Watch: Kai Lenny Soars On Super Saturday At Jaws

Derek Morrison
The much anticipated monster swell forecast for January 15 and 16 turned Hawaii’s North Shore into a wild playground for the brave. Once again it was Kai Lenny who led the charge at Jaws. Tucker Wooding was in the gallery on the clifftop to record Kai’s waves in what will......
Surf Athletes

Nationals 2021: Vette’s Win Brings Crowd To Tears, Stairmand Claims Eighth Title

Derek Morrison
Saffi Vette brings the crowd to tears with her win at the 2021 National Surfing Championships, while Billy Stairmand breaks his own record with an eighth national men’s title at Piha. Finals day at Piha for the 2021 National Surfing Championships presented by The Trusts Community Foundation included an emotional......

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