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

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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Mental Health And Surfing: Dragon Tackles The Taboo

Derek Morrison
Dragon takes a big step forward and raises the conversation around mental health in surfing, bringing together Dragon surf team athletes from Australia and New Zealand for a team trip with a twist … At New Zealand Surf Journal we don’t run advertorials. We’re 100 percent for the reader. But...
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Luke Griffin And Kai Woolf Take Whangamata Grom Series Wins

Derek Morrison
Mount Maunganui surfer Luke Griffin hit his straps at Whangamata this weekend taking out his first event in five years at the Billabong Grom Series presented by Oceanbridge. Luke was joined by Raglan based surfer Kai Woolf, who has recently returned to New Zealand from her native South Africa, as...
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This Is Te Kehukehu: A Short Film By Billy Lee-Pope

Derek Morrison
Cracking it in the pressure cooker that is the Australian surfing hotbed is no easy feat. Which makes 18-year-old Te Kehukehu Butler’s rise so impressive. In 2018 he was embroiled in a season-long battle with Callum Robson, of Evans Head, NSW, in the WSL Australasian/Oceania Junior Qualifying Series (JQS). At...
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Meke. This Is Elliot Paerata-Reid

Derek Morrison
There is no doubting that Piha local Elliot Paerata-Reid is on a performance surge right now. His 2018 Indonesian season was sensational in and out of competition, but the Mega Swell of late July saw him paddling into some of the most intense waves ever witnessed at his favourite Indo...
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Elliot Paerata-Reid’s Wild Wild West: A Film By Jono Smit

Derek Morrison
Filmmaker Jono Smit and pro surfer Elliot Paerata-Reid team up for a Catlins strike mission only to have the rug pulled out from under them as the weather bomb flushes up the Tasman at the last minute. In an opportunistic stroke of madness they give chase along the West Coast...
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Ariana Shewry Second At Sunset Pro Junior, Hawaii

Derek Morrison
If Oakura pro surfer Ariana Shewry was looking for a top start to her 2019 season then she nailed it today with a second place at the Women’s Sunset Pro Junior in Hawaii. One of Oahu’s most iconic competitive venues, Sunset Beach, delivered breezy, challenging conditions throughout the day with consistent...
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Billy Stairmand Beats Ricardo Christie, Wins Seventh National Title

Derek Morrison
Billy Stairmand has beaten good friend Ricardo Christie to kick off 2019 in the best way possible claiming his seventh title at the Health 2000 National Surfing Championships completed at Stent Road in Taranaki today. Taranaki turned on another stellar day of surf and weather with clean 1.5m waves and...

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