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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Breaking News: Piha Pro Postponed

Derek Morrison
The 2020 Corona Piha Pro has been postponed as World Surf League puts into action its sweeping reaction to the Coronavirus pandemic, halting all of its March events throughout the world. The Corona Piha Pro organisers apologised to stakeholders, residents, surfers and fans in a statement released today. “We ask......
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Grom Series Champions Crowned By Occy And Ryan Callinan

Derek Morrison
Six young series champions were crowned by Australian surfing legends Mark “Occy” Occhilupo and Ryan Callinan at the Billabong Grom Series presented by Oceanbridge, which concluded at Piha, Auckland yesterday. The culmination of three events was played out in solid 1.5m waves with strong cross-shore winds offering up new challenges......
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Elliot Paerata-Reid Makes Final At Great Lakes Pro, Billy Stairmand Third

Derek Morrison
Elliot Paerata-Reid and Billy Stairmand have kicked off their 2020 World Qualifying Series campaigns in stellar form, both landing in the same semi-final heat. Paerata-Reid managed to repeat his effort from the Nationals in Dunedin, holding off an in-form Stairmand to book his finals berth at Boomerang Beach, Great Lakes,......
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Piha Pro: A Spectator’s Guide

Derek Morrison
Here’s the cheat sheet on how you can best soak up the atmosphere of the Corona Piha Pro when it rolls into Piha from March 15-22. Firstly, there is a Piha Pro Junior that takes place on March 14 for the men and women. It’s stop number 7 on the......
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Four-Time World Champion Carissa Moore Confirmed For Piha Pro

Derek Morrison
Reigning World Champion Carissa Moore has confirmed that she will compete at the inaugural Corona Piha Pro in New Zealand in March. The Hawaiian became the youngest ever surfing World Champion when she claimed her first title in 2011 at the age of 18, before taking the title again in......
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Billy Stairmand: Inside The Mind Of Our Olympic Hope

Derek Morrison
He’s New Zealand’s Olympic hope for 2020, but only a few short years ago, Billy Stairmand was struggling to light his competitive fire. Now he’s in the best form of his life. This is how the 30-year-old Raglan surfer rebuilt his career. As the World Surf League Qualifying Series came......
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Athletes Confirmed For Piha Pro Trials

Derek Morrison
Surfing New Zealand selects country’s top surfers for the Sky Sport New Zealand Trials taking place in the lead up to the World Surf League Corona Piha Pro. This is an impressive line-up in the men’s and women’s competitions. Who is your money on? The trials will take place on......
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Kai Lenny Stuns The World At Nazaré

Derek Morrison
Hawaiian Kai Lenny has continued his incredible run of form at the Nazaré Tow Surfing Challenge, which ran today in massive waves at Praia do Norte, in Nazaré, Portugal. He was joined on the winner’s dais by women’s best wave winner Justine Dupont. The Nazaré Tow Surfing Challenge presented by......
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Surfer Pulled From Water Unconscious During Nazaré Tow Challenge

Derek Morrison
Portugese surfer Alex Botelho drowns during closing minutes of the Nazaré Tow Surfing Challenge. He is then revived in a dramatic rescue by the WSL big wave safety team on the beach at Praia do Norte in Nazaré, Portugal. Botelho, competing with team Portugal, was pulled lifeless from the water......
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Monster Storm Gives Nazaré Challenge The Green Light

Derek Morrison
Monster northern hemisphere storm gives Nazaré Tow Surfing Challenge the green light as new teams format is unveiled amid whispers that a new Guinness World Record could potentially be set on Tuesday (GMT). The World Surf League Big Wave Tour issued a Green Alert on Sunday (NZST) for the Nazaré......

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