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Small Steps, Big Ambitions: The Rise Of Natasha Gouldsbury

Derek Morrison
Taranaki’s next rising star, Natasha Gouldsbury, hit her straps in the early part of 2022. Not only did she qualify for three finals at the 2022 Nationals held at Westport, but she started to wind in Christchurch phenom Ava Henderson. At 17 she’s surfing with renewed energy and a hunger......
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Billy Stairmand, Ella Williams Crowned King & Queen Of The Point

Derek Morrison
Billy Stairmand defends his title and Ella Williams returns 

to competition as the duo are crowned champions at the Backdoor King and Queen of the Point. Stairmand snatched a come-from-behind victory in the Men’s Division while Williams took the win in a tough two-way tussle in the Open Women’s Final.......
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Billy Stairmand & Daniel Farr Advance At Krui Pro

Derek Morrison
The 2022 Krui Pro QS 5000 sees two huge opening days of competition at Ujung Bocur, Indonesia, with Billy Stairmand and Daniel Farr both advancing to the Round of 32. Competitors in the opening rounds of the men’s met with pumping waves in the three-to-six foot range for the first......
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Surf Talent Shines In Chaotic Waves At Kaikoura’s Coldwater Classic

Heath Melville
The O’Neill Coldwater Classic surf contest was held on the Friday and Saturday of Queen’s Birthday weekend with Levi O’Connor and Poppy Entwisle taking out the premiere open divisions. Waves of cold southwest rain accompanying small one metre waves off the Mangamaunu urupa on the Friday, building to sloppy two......

40 Frames: The Coldwater Classic

Derek Morrison
The 2022 O’Neill Kaikoura Coldwater Classic taps into some fun waves as the first bite of winter chews it’s way through the field. Local lad Levi O’Connor and young rising star Poppy Entwisle ride to the top in the Open Men’s and Women’s fields. Kaikoura has a way of charming......

Watch: Heavy Water Strike Mission

Isaac Chadwick
It’s not every day you get to share eight-foot caverns with your mates with less than 10 people out, but given the right circumstances and location, it’s still achievable here in New Zealand. Luckily this was us recently at a fickle beachbreak deep in the Catlins. Ollie Charlesworth had just......

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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