Surf Athletes

We all like to think we are surfers who “could have” made it. These surf athletes actually are making it. From underground heroes to rising groms – this is where we lay bare the best talent in the country.

Surf Athletes

Nats 2023: The Contenders

Derek Morrison
The Nats for 2023 have started at Piha with fun 2-3 foot waves providing some quality contest conditions. After two days of competition here’s our pick on the likely candidates for the 2023 titles. Even in the first few days of competition it is clear there are some favourites emerging......
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Surf Athletes

Nats 2023: The Elephant In The Bay

Derek Morrison
The Nats for 2023 are underway at Piha, but where are some of our best surfers? Let’s address one of the elephants in the room with Nats 2023: the missing players. Why are so many of our best surfers missing in action. Consider this: Paige Hareb isn’t in attendance. She’s......
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The 10 Best Surfers In New Zealand In 2023

Derek Morrison
New Zealand Surf Journal asks the New Zealand surfing industry to rank our 10 best surfers. The concept is simple: include not just the best competitors, but also our very best free surfers and underground chargers. This is who they came up with as we head into 2023. THE CRITERIA......
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Chasing The Dream With National Champ Daniel Farr

Derek Morrison
Taranaki surfer Daniel Farr won the Nationals at Westport in 2022, taking down form surfer of the event, Billy Stairmand, in one of the most exciting finals ever seen in New Zealand. The quiet, reserved surfer always believed he could do it. Now he has his sights set on the......
Surf Athletes

Te Atiawa Retain Iwi Of Origin

 At Maori Nats

Derek Morrison
Ngati Awa surfer Levi Stewart’s dream as a 12-year-old was finally realised today after winning the 2022 Aotearoa Maori Surfing Titles for the first time and joining defending champion Natasha Gouldsbury (Te Atiawa) as winners of the premier Tane and Wahine Divisions. Te Atiawa retained the Iwi of Origin by......
Surf Athletes

Liv Haysom And Tyler Perry Win Top Titles At Scholastics

Derek Morrison
Piha’s Liv Haysom broke through to win the Under 18 Girls Division at the 2022 New Zealand Scholastics Surfing Championships held in Taranaki this week with Kaikoura’s Tyler Perry making a late charge to clinch victory in the Under 18 Boys division. The event has been running on the Taranaki......
Surf Athletes

New Appointments To IOC Weave Surfing Into Olympic Future

Derek Morrison
International Surfing Association President, Fernando Aguerre, and former world number one surfer, Sally Fitzgibbons, have been appointed to International Olympic Committee Commissions for 2022. The inclusion of two leading surfing figures in the latest IOC Commissions highlights the positive and growing role of surfing within the Olympic Movement. Within the......
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40 Frames: 2022 Primary School Champs

Derek Morrison
Here’s our 40-frame take on the 2022 New Zealand Primary School Championships, which was held in Gisborne at the weekend in occasionally pumping waves. Huge congratulations to all the groms who took part and made this such a cool event to be a part of. And thanks to Sticky Johnson......

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