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

WSL Updates 2021 Calendar, Oi Rio Pro Cancelled

Derek Morrison
The World Surf League announces the updated calendar for the remainder of the 2021 Championship Tour leading into the Rip Curl WSL Finals in September. The Oi Rio Pro is cancelled, Mexico is in. The third leg of the Tour includes a stop in Mexico for the first time in......
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Paige Hareb Recovering After Blackout In El Salvador

Derek Morrison
Paige Hareb suffers medical event while celebrating her 31st birthday in El Salvador on Sunday and requires hospital treatment. “I went out to celebrate my El Salvadorian birthday last night, but things took a turn for the worst,” she shared on Instagram. Paige has spent her birthday surfing with Saffi......
Surf Athletes

Paige Hareb Narrowly Misses Olympic Qualification

Derek Morrison
It was an agonising conclusion to the 2021 ISA World Surfing Games for Paige Hareb when the Taranaki star missed Olympic qualification by the narrowest of margins in El Salvador. New Zealand’s hopes of a third surfer at this year’s Olympics rested on Paige Hareb in the early hours of......
Surf Athletes

Saffi Vette’s Olympic Campaign Comes To An End

Derek Morrison
Nineteen-year-old Gisborne surf star, Saffi Vette, has ended her run to the Tokyo Olympics this morning, falling in solid, challenging conditions in El Salvador. Surfing in the 4th heat of Repechage 5, Saffi and fellow WQS campaigner Ellie Turner, from Great Britain, were bettered by Carolina Mendes, of Portugal, and......
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Five Minutes With: Surfing New Zealand’s Ben Kennings

Derek Morrison
With New Zealand’s competitive season coming to a close we put some tough questions to Surfing New Zealand’s Ben Kennings. Is Surfing New Zealand headed in the right direction? Are we looking after our athletes? Are we providing a pathway? Ben Kennings gives us an insight into what the off-season......
Surf Athletes

Paige Hareb, Saffi Vette Chasing Olympic Qualification In El Salvador

Derek Morrison
Traveling while the world is flaring with Covid 19 is never an easy decision to make, but if Olympic qualification is top of your goals, then you have very little choice. New Zealand Surf Journal catches up with Paige Hareb and Saffi Vette as they begin their journey at the......
Surf Athletes

Taylor Hutchison, Ava Henderson Seal Series At Super 16

Derek Morrison
Taylor Hutchison, of Raglan, and Ava Henderson, of Christchurch, had sewn up the the overall New Zealand Surf Series prior to the final event after dominant season-long performances. The final Super 16 event at Piha saw a maiden victory for local surfer Dune Kennings, in front of a vociferous local......

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