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Waikato Surfers Use Home Wave Advantage To Dominate At Scholastics

Derek Morrison
Waikato surfers dominate at the 2019 National Scholastic Surfing Championships claiming the team title, winning two of the seven titles on offer and boasting six surfers in the finals. The five-day event wrapped up yesterday in a 1.5m swell at Manu Bay, Raglan. Finals day saw the biggest surf of......
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Saffi Vette and Tane Bowden Win Jan Juc Pro Junior

Derek Morrison
New Zealand surfers Tane Bowden and Saffi Vette have dominated the final event of the Hydralyte Sports Surf Series, winning the men’s and women’s divisions at Jan Juc, Victoria, today. With a small swell on offer on the final day of competition, the event again shifted from Bells Beach to......
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Piha Pro Confirmed: Here’s Everything You Need To Know

Derek Morrison
It’s official! World Surf League today confirms the Piha Pro QS10,000 is real and will take place in March 2020, 2021 and 2022. The World Surf League (WSL) hasn’t been to New Zealand shores for five years – its last event a women’s 6000-rated Qualifying Series (QS) event held in......
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Ella Williams Secures Oceania Slot For Tokyo 2020

Derek Morrison
Kiwi surfer Ella Williams has provisionally qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics securing the Oceania slot after placing the highest of the Oceania surfers at the ISA World Surfing Games presented by Vans yesterday. Williams will be part of an exclusive group of twenty female surfers from around the world......
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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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