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

Greetings From Kehu Butler

Derek Morrison
Filmmaker Billy Lee-Pope and Kehu Butler join forces to bring this epic introduction into the life of one of New Zealand’s greatest surfers, Kehu Butler. Greetings from Te Kehukehu Mokoia Ngawhika Patara Butler, or Kehu Butler, follows the 20-year-old Māori surfer and offers a glimpse into his life. You get......
Surf Athletes

Kehu Butler, Natasha Gouldsbury Claim 2020 Maori Titles

Derek Morrison
Kehu Butler stamps his mark on the 2020 Maori Titles, bringing his world-class surfing to one of New Zealand’s most iconic events. Set in a backdrop of Northland’s waves Butler is joined by Natasha Gouldsbury on the top step of the podium. Tauranga Moana surfer Kehu Butler (Ngai Te Rangi)......
Surf Athletes

Scholastics 2020: Finals Day In 40 Frames

Derek Morrison
Canterbury claims the title with a solid team performance as the 2020 National Scholastics Surfing Championships go down to the wire in Kaikoura. With a clean 3-4 foot swell reeling down the banks at Meatworks at sunrise the lineup was jam-packed. Locals called it a 10 out of 10, but......
Surf Athletes

Scholastics 2020: Day 4 In 40 Frames

Derek Morrison
Auckland overpowers Canterbury to take the lead on Day 3 at the National Scholastic Surfing Championships contested at Meatworks, Kaikoura. A murky night of cold rain gave way to glossy waves in the 3-4 foot range at Meatworks as the National Scholastics Surfing Championships resumed with Day 4 of competition......
Surf Athletes

Scholastics 2020: Day 3 in 30 Frames

Derek Morrison
Canterbury takes an early home-water advantage on Day 3 at the National Scholastic Championships contested at Meatworks, Kaikoura. A mammoth day of surfing was required to make headway into the event after a half day on Monday and complete lay day on Day 2. The Under 18 Boys Division got......
Surf Athletes

Scholastics 2020: Day 1 In 30 Frames

Derek Morrison
Kaikoura turns it on for Day 1 of the National Scholastic Surfing Championships. The 110 competitors were greeted by a small wind swell which was complemented by warm temperatures and light winds. Regional teams from the length of the country posted up on the rocks at Meatworks, Kaikoura. With morning......
Surf Athletes

Kaikoura Grom Comp Concludes 2020 South Island Grom Series



Derek Morrison
The Kaikoura Grom Comp concluded the South Island Grom Series this weekend with the junior event attracting a huge field of surfers and bringing together families from throughout New Zealand. The solid swell that ran up the coast all week finally dissipated overnight leaving only a small swell of under......
Surf Athletes

Event Wrap: Sticky Johnson 2020 Primary School Champs

Derek Morrison
The rush to defeat the storm bearing down on New Zealand this weekend, made for an action packed day of surfing at the Sticky Johnson 2020 Primary School Championships presented by Skullcandy on Saturday (26th September). The champs, held at Makorori Beach, Gisborne, was the first national event since the......
Surf Athletes

Watch: Flightless Obsession

Derek Morrison
Flightless Obsession features New Zealand’s elite surfers such as provisional Olympic qualifiers Billy Stairmand and Ella Williams along with dozens of the country’s best surfers in a scrapbook-style edit. It is the first crowd-sourced surf movie that Surfing New Zealand has embarked upon to showcase local talent. It has been......
Surf Athletes

Five Minutes With: Surfing New Zealand’s Ben Kennings

Derek Morrison
New Zealand Surf Journal catches up with Surfing New Zealand’s Ben Kennings to discuss broken backs, new constitutions, the Olympic pathway and to find out what he’d do if he had full control of the sport and no resource limitations. The top role at Surfing New Zealand is certainly not......

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