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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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Review: Need Essentials Thermal 4:3 Steamer

Derek Morrison
We were blown away by the value for money with our Need Essentials steamer produced by a company that prides itself on stripping away the costs of traditional surf wetsuit production. By minimising packaging, branding, expensive advertising campaigns and retail markups, Need Essentials is able to deliver a high-end adult......
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That East Swell: Winter’s Eight-Day Anomaly

Derek Morrison
In 2019 an east swell hit the Otago coastline in the middle of the winter. It was accompanied by a window of unseasonably settled weather, producing eight days of incredible surf conditions. Here’s what the tail end of that run of swell looked like. It doesn’t get much better than......
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Travel Warning: How To Avoid Excessive Baggage Charges

Derek Morrison
Be warned: Qantas’s excess baggage charges and policy are designed to trap travelling surfers. New Zealand Surf Journal’s editor Derek Morrison finds out first hand how the Aussie airline is making a questionable fortune in Bali. The Bali season is in full swing and this little island of the Indonesian......
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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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Watch: Inside The Nomadic Life Of Joe Wilson

Derek Morrison
Filmmaker Sara Guix, interviews singer songwriter Joe Wilson in Raglan for her next installment of her Why Did You Leave? series on travellers and inspiring people. “It’s a wonderfully honest and fun video on why I committed to travelling and leaving home to follow music,” laughs Joe. “This is an......
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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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Zen Wallis and Estella Hungerford Win Emerson’s South Island Champs

Derek Morrison
Zen Wallis defends title at the Emerson’s South Island Surfing Championships and claims his second career win on the New Zealand Surf Series. He is joined by 17-year-old Estella Hungerford who wins first ever title in the Open Women’s Division. Despite a small 1-3 foot swell throughout the three-day event......

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