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

Westport Nats Day 2: Top Seeds Dominate

Derek Morrison
The top seeds in the premier Open Men’s division got their campaigns off to a flying start on Day 2 at the 2022 National Surfing Championships held today at Tauranga Bay, Westport. Led by Raglan’s Billy Stairmand, seven of eight top seeds advanced through to the quarterfinals and will take......
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Surf Athletes

Leap Of Faith: Billy Stairmand

Derek Morrison
The journey of Billy Stairmand in 2021 is astounding. From fundraising just to get to the Australian qualification series, to the highs and lows of the inaugural surfing event at the Olympics to a frantic run through the Challenger Series – and all while never knowing when, or if, he......
Surf Athletes

South Island Grom Series Fires Up In Dunedin

Derek Morrison
Rewa Morrison and Jack Tyro have taken out the premier Under 18 divisions at the opening round of the 2022 South Island Grom Series held in Dunedin at the weekend. The event is a welcome back to competition for the younger surfers after Covid scuttled both the Scholastics Surfing Championships......
Surf Athletes

Billy Stairmand Advances At Haleiwa

Derek Morrison
Raglan’s Billy Stairmand has bounced back from a string of shock first round exits throughout the Challenger Series to surf his way comfortably into the Round of 32 at Haleiwa, Hawaii. It’s the final curtain of the 2021 WSL Challenger Series and the draw is loaded. That makes Billy’s journey......
Surf Athletes

Alexis Owen & Poppy Entwisle Win South Island Primary School Champs

Derek Morrison
Alexis Owen and Poppy Entwisle open their summer competitive surfing campaigns with emphatic wins at the South Island Primary School Champs, held at North Wai, New Brighton, at the weekend. The warm coast of New Brighton delivered waves in the 1-2 foot range for the contest with a mixture of......
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Watch: Goddesses

Derek Morrison
Acclaimed filmmaker Morgan Maassen brings us his latest film, Goddesses, which explores the lives of three young Tahitian girls: Vahine, Heimiti and Kohai Fierro. Set in their home against a dramatic backdrop of Tahiti’s jungle, mountains and reefbreaks, this film is as mesmerizing as it is soulful. “My obsession with......

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