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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Ella Williams Third At Roxy Open, Fistral Beach

Derek Morrison
Whangamata surfer Ella Williams finishes third at the Roxy Open QS1000, held at Fistral Beach, Cornwall, UK, at the weekend, showing blazing form all the way into her semi-final exit. While it was a mixed bag of results for previous winners at Fistral, our own Ella Williams could do no......
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Storm Chasing With Team Backdoor

CPL
When a low-pressure system parks itself off the east coast it spins everyone into a frenzy. The recent July swell was no different and Piha photographer, CPL, fresh up for air after a deadline, wasted no time. He picks up the story … “Yes!” That was the emphatic reply I......
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Breaking News: John John Florence Ruptures ACL In Brazil

Derek Morrison
John John Florence has announced he has ruptured his ACL while in Brazil and has withdrawn from the 2019 Corona Open at Jeffreys Bay. The current World Championship Tour leader is opting to go straight under the knife, likely ending any chance of a return to competition in 2019. The......
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Surfing Gets The Vote For Paris 2024 Olympics

Derek Morrison
Surfing’s Olympic future in good health after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) votes to include surfing on the sports programme for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. The vote, by the IOC membership, came today during the 134th IOC session in Lausanne, Switzerland. Final ratification will be made by the IOC......
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Mid-Year Report: Inside The CT Season With Paige Hareb And Ricardo Christie

Derek Morrison
There is no hiding the fact that the first four World Championship Tour events for 2019 have been a battle for our New Zealand athletes, Paige Hareb and Ricardo Christie. Both have chalked up a slew of first round exits. But those results don’t quite tell the whole story. On......
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Momentum Builds For 2020 Piha Pro QS10,000

Derek Morrison
Details have been revealed about a bid for Auckland to host a World Qualifying Series 10,000-rated event at Piha in March 2020: the Piha Pro. But it is not a done deal … just yet. A document leaked to the NZ Herald today suggests the event will be a QS10,000......
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Ricardo Christie Builds Momentum With Maori Flag On His CT Jersey

Derek Morrison
With a nod to his heritage and tapping into the power of his lineage Ricardo Christie is now wearing the Maori flag, Tino rangatiratanga, on the right sleeve of his World Championship Tour jersey. If his first outing at the Corona Bali Protected Championship Tour event at Keramas, Bali, is......
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Billy Stairmand Wins Gold Coast Open

Derek Morrison
Raglan’s Billy Stairmand has won the 2019 Gold Coast Open today taking down Lennox Head’s Stuart Kennedy in a thrilling final in peeling 2-3ft waves at Burleigh Point. Crowds swarmed to the Burleigh Hill in the thousands to witness some world-class surfing in the natural amphitheater that is Burleigh Point......
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Ava Henderson: Meet The 13-Year-Old Shaking Up The Contest Circuit

Derek Morrison
She’s only 13, but Christchurch surfer Ava Henderson is punching way above her weight, taking on the Under 16s, Under 18s and Under 20s like an athlete on a mission. And she’s the whole package: nice as pie to chat to after a heat, friendly and smart. But even her......
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UPDATED: Elliot Paerata-Reid and Billy Stairmand Make Top 100 After Krui Pro

Derek Morrison
Elliott Paerata-Reid and Billy Stairmand have launched into the top 100 in the World Qualifying Series after their performances at the Krui Pro held at Tanjung Setia Beach, Lampung, Sumatra. Stairmand was the form surfer of the event dominating through his early heats on his journey to the finals. The......

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