Artists

Turn the creative dial right up on this inspirational group. This collection of people are among the most talented creatives around. Find out what makes them tick, what connects them to the ocean and where they’re off to next.

Artists

Artist Insight: Spanish Visual Storyteller Sara Guix And Her Love For New Zealand

Derek Morrison
New Zealand has a special magic that is sometimes hard to see from within. For Spanish-born visual storyteller Sara Guix that elixir drives her creativity and has captured her heart. Since 2015 Sara has been based in Raglan and spent her time wandering New Zealand’s coastline, in search of waves,......
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Watch: A Thank-You Letter To New Zealand

Derek Morrison
In 2015 Spanish-born filmmaker Sara Guix visited New Zealand for a year. She hasn’t left. In this film the 30-year-old visual storyteller shares a heartfelt thank-you to New Zealand. Filmed from January to December 2020 Sara offers the piece as “a gift for helping me find peace in a time......
Artists

Five Minutes With: 15-Year-Old Filmmaker Hunter Cooney

Derek Morrison
Whangamata surfer Hunter Cooney is the guy responsible for producing Flightless Obsession – that’s the Kiwi surf film that was borne out of our Covid-19 Lockdown. New Zealand Surf Journal caught up with the young creative along the iconic shoreline of Kaikoura. NZSJ: Hello, Hunter. What are you doing standing......
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Bask: A Film By Isaac Chadwick (AO)

Derek Morrison
In Bask, 19-year-old filmmaker, Isaac Haki Chadwick, captures the essence of life as a student and young surfer set among the raw and tumultuous whims of the southern ocean. It’s rawness is equaled by its honesty, offering a window into something few would otherwise get to see. We caught up......
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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.......
Artists

Aotearoa Surf Film Festival: New Dates

Derek Morrison
As the Aotearoa Surf Film Festival closed in on the end of its 2020 tour, Covid-19 rose it’s head and scuttled the final events – including a screening at the Piha Pro. Event director, Nick Stevenson, has survived the ordeal and is breathing a second life into the festival for......
Artists

Artist Daryn McBride Offers Surfers Some Lockdown Relief

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Surf artist Daryn McBride has taken the lockdown message of community into his own hands. Now in his late 40s he’s offering New Zealanders a window into his art through a series of his colouring-in drawings. Daryn McBride is a living legend in the longboard scene. He’s a true talent and......
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The Paulownia Whisperer: Xylo Woodcraft

Derek Morrison
Michael Gilling has been creating wooden surfboards for the past three years. Today, it’s finally time to show them to the world. He gathers his two close friends together on a road trip to show them his three-year secret. Michael shows us his creative process from tree to craft &......
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Photo Essay: Summer Roadie With A Twist Of East Swell

Derek Morrison
Mount Maunganui-based surfer and ocean photographer Lou Burton mixes Xmas and New Year with a little pulsing east swell for the perfect summer tonic. Together with her mates she proves the great Kiwi summer surfing roadie is alive and well … with an occasional shark scare thrown in. Christmas came......
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Fiji, As Seen From A Kiwi Photographer’s Perspective

Hayden Campbell
Southern surf photographer, Hayden Campbell, ditches his hood, steamer and booties in favour of some Pacific Island charm in the form of the crystal blue waters of Cloudbreak. Camera in tow, here’s his first story for New Zealand Surf Journal, directly from the coral heads of one of our most......

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