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.

Artists Featured Inspiration New Zealand

Watch: Ben Young. Sculptor. Surfer

Derek Morrison
Carving a niche at the intersection between glass and concrete, artist and sculptor Ben Young has become world renowned for his incredible artworks. Originally from Waihi Beach and now based in Mount Maunganui, Ben is an extraordinary talent and one of the nicest people you could ever hope to meet.......
Featured Inspiration New Zealand Surf Athletes

Watch: Flightless Obsession

Derek Morrison
Flightless Obsession features New Zealand’s elite surfers such as provisional Olympic qualifiers Billy Stairmand and Ella Williams along with dozens of the country’s best surfers in a scrapbook-style edit. It is the first crowd-sourced surf movie that Surfing New Zealand has embarked upon to showcase local talent. It has been......
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Five Minutes With: Surfing New Zealand’s Ben Kennings

Derek Morrison
New Zealand Surf Journal catches up with Surfing New Zealand’s Ben Kennings to discuss broken backs, new constitutions, the Olympic pathway and to find out what he’d do if he had full control of the sport and no resource limitations. The top role at Surfing New Zealand is certainly not......
Featured Inspiration Surf Athletes

Watch: Paige Alms, Eli Olson Win Big Wave Paddle Awards

Derek Morrison
Paige Alms and Eli Olson win Biggest Wave Paddle-In Award at the World Surf League 2020 Red Bull Big Wave Awards. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, this year’s Big Wave Awards (BWA) honour the best in big wave surfing from the past 12 months, from big-wave breaks throughout the world. Justine......
Featured Inspiration Surf Athletes

Maya Gabeira Wins Big Wave Awards With Guinness World Record Ride

Derek Morrison
Maya Gabeira sets a new Guinness World Record for the largest wave ever surfed by a female as she wins XXL Biggest Wave Award. Gabeira’s record-setting wave measured 73.5 feet, besting her own previous World Record of 68 feet. She broke the record at the infamous big-wave surf break, Praia......
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World Surf League In Pre-Season Countdown Mode With Charity Events

Derek Morrison
World Surf League bridges the competition abyss caused by Covid-19 with its pre-season Countdown events. Upcoming competitions will take place in Australia, France, Portugal and Brazil, with nothing on the cards yet for New Zealand’s World Qualifying Series surfers. The idea of these WSL contests is to bring world-class competitive......
Business Inspiration

Owen Rooney Interviews New Zealand Surf Journal Founder, Derek Morrison

Derek Morrison
Truckie turned radio host, Owen Rooney, sits down with New Zealand Surf Journal founder Derek Morrison to discuss Covid-19, business and how his new Toyota Highlander is helping drive the brand through uncertain times. This interview first appeared in a live broad cast on Owen Rooney’s Radio Dunedin breakfast show.......
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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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Watch: Soli

Derek Morrison
Take up one super talented filmmaker. Team them up with one of Australia’s most exciting pro surfers. Send them on a lap of the World Tour together and this is what you get: the epic visual story of Indigenous Australian surfer Soli Bailey. 10 years ago, an Australian surf magazine......
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Kiwi Judges Confirmed For Tokyo 2020 Olympics … In 2021

Derek Morrison
Surfing will make its debut at Tokyo 2020 on July 25, 2021 when the first competition window opens in Japan. In one year’s time the best surfers in the world are set to become the sport’s first Olympians. The International Surfing Association (ISA) celebrated the occasion by announcing the technical......

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