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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40 Frames: NZ Surf Nats St Clair Shakedown

Derek Morrison
Day Five of the 2024 New Zealand Surfing Champs sees a shakedown of the premier divisions as the circus moves back to the St Clair Esplanade. Day Five saw the contest move back to the comfort of St Clair with light winds and a new north east swell promising some......
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Daniel Farr and Maya Mateja Win 2024 Surf Nats

Derek Morrison
Taranaki’s Daniel Farr and Raglan 15-year-old Maya Mateja win the 2024 New Zealand Surfing Champs held in Dunedin over the past week. An explosive final day of the 2024 National Surfing Championships has seen Taranaki surfer Daniel Farr claim his second national title by the closest margin in the history......
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40 Frames: NZ Surf Nats … The Free Surf Sessions

Derek Morrison
The 2024 New Zealand Surfing Champs is underway in Dunedin right now with a challenging forecast keeping organisers on their toes. There’s always a lot more to a surf comp than meets the eye. Especially when the swell, wind and tide combination is in a typical summer mode, with swirling......
Inspiration

Roadtrip: Into The Deep South With Team Backdoor

Derek Morrison
The Backdoor Team of Billy Stairmand, Paul Moretti, Jay Piper-Healion, Caleb Cutmore, Taylor Hutchison and Darren Celliers immerse themselves in southern waves … and marathon sessions. Filmmaker Isaac Chadwick and photographer Derek Morrison are on hand to capture the antics, fin blows and air revs … and they hardly miss......
Surf Athletes

Light In The Shadows: The Taylor Hutchison Story

Derek Morrison
Very few surfers have had the weight of expectation heaped upon their shoulders quite like Taylor Hutchison. At 26, he’s come to terms with being born into a hard-working, surfing devoted family. We caught up with Taylor during one of his recent “work trips” to the Otago coastline. Back in......
Surf Athletes

Billie Scott Wins Bronze At ISA World SUP Champs

Isaac Chadwick
Mount Maunganui-based Billie Scott has just come away with a record-equaling third place finish at the 2023 ISA World SUP & Paddleboarding Championship amidst a stacked field. NZSJ’s Isaac Chadwick caught up with her to see how she was feeling after a whirlwind few days. It was a tough road......
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WSL Dumps J-Bay, Ranch, Adds In Fiji, Perseveres With Trestles

Derek Morrison
World Surf League announces the schedule for the 2024 Championship Tour (CT), with J-Bay and Surf Ranch dropped to make room for the Olympics, while Cloudbreak, Fiji, makes a welcome return. The calendar will continue to showcase a combined women’s and men’s schedule featuring nine regular-season events, with the mid-season......
Surf Athletes

Jack Tyro Lands Wildcard At Bells

Derek Morrison
Jack Tyro has been handed a wildcard entry into the 2023 Bells Beach Longboard Classic after winning the trials event at Bells Beach. This is stop number two on the World Longboard Tour … the big leagues. Competition has been called on today at the inaugural Bioglan Bells Beach Longboard......

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