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.

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Billy Stairmand Wins Rip Curl Pro

Derek Morrison
Raglan’s Billy Stairmand wins his third straight Rip Curl Pro title after blowing away a strong field of domestic surfers today at Manu Bay, Raglan. Stairmand was joined by Mount Maunganui surfer Raiha Ensor who claimed the women’s title. Stairmand looked unstoppable all weekend and his relentless performances continued into...
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New Zealand’s Richest Surfing Event Makes History With TAB

Derek Morrison
Surfing in New Zealand is about to make history this weekend with Raglan’s Rip Curl Pro featuring at the TAB. Forget your fantasy surf leagues, this is the real thing with real money at stake. Who’s your money on? Billy Stairmand? Dune Kennings? Maz Quinn? Aimee Brown or Ella Williams?...
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Single Fin Mingle: The Best Party Sumner Has Ever Seen

Derek Morrison
There are very few surf events that don’t rely on a thumping swell to carry them off. When it comes to the Single Fin Mingle it seems a questionable surf forecast can hardly dent the buzz. Hello Zukeen’s Sam Fraser-Baxter dusted off his tweed suit to capture the excitement of...
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Kiwis Thriving At Vissla Central Coast Pro

Derek Morrison
Billy Stairmand and Elliot Paerata-Reid have posted the two highest heat scores of Round 3 at the Vissla Central Coast Pro. Held at Avoca, on the Central Coast of NSW, they’ll be joined by Kehu Butler as Round 4 continues across the weekend. Moderate onshore winds and a slight drop...
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Photo Essay: East Coast Pumps Part 2 – Gisborne

Derek Morrison
The February swell that swept into the East Coast and drifted south made a direct hit on Gisborne. The wonky, wobbly swell hit with such intensity that only few breaks could properly handle the volume of water moving around. The unusual easterly swell direction added to the confusion. But if...
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Photo Essay: East Coast Pumps Part 1 – Coromandel Coast

Derek Morrison
A swarm of tropical cyclones swirled through the Pacific in the first half of February. As they dissipated they tracked south east and got trapped off the East Coast by a blocking high over New Zealand. That scenario created the perfect long range and sustained swell engine for the East...
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Featured We Rank The 10 Best Surfers In New Zealand Right Now

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. THE CRITERIA Surfers are assessed based on...
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Caleb Cutmore And Gabrielle Paul Claim Grom Series Titles At Piha

Derek Morrison
Six champions were crowned at the third and final event of the Billabong Grom Series presented by Oceanbridge event completed at Piha Beach, Auckland over the weekend with Caleb Cutmore, of Raglan, and Gabrielle Paul, of Piha, securing the premier Under 18 titles. Titles went to Piha, Raglan, Christchurch and...
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Ella Williams Claims Victory At Mothernest Great Lakes Pro

Derek Morrison
Whangamata surfer Ella Williams has claimed her maiden World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) victory of the year, taking out the Women’s division at the 2019 Mothernest Great Lakes Pro in heavy four-to-six foot surf at Tuncurry, NSW, yesterday. Williams ability to consistently post decent scores on longer running...
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Luke Rogers and Ava Henderson Win Catlins Grom Comp

Derek Morrison
Luke Rogers and Ava Henderson rise to the top of a hungry pool of grommets at Round 3 of the South Island Grom Series held in fun waves at Porpoise Bay in the Catlins. Originally scheduled be held at Colac Bay, which was super fun for most of the day...

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