Travel

Travel and destination inspiration for surfers and travellers with itchy feet. If you have a passion for exploring new places then you’re in the right place. We curate the best domestic, Pacific and international surfing destinations, so you can stay inspired and focused on your surfing lifestyle. Step inside and start dreaming.

Inspiration

The Making Of Bask: Volume II

Derek Morrison
In 2020 young filmmaker Isaac Chadwick burst onto the surf scene in Otago with Bask. It was a gritty, insiders peek into the world of the surfing student in Otago. Nothing was sacred. He captured a vibrant youth culture thriving in the sub-culture of student life set to a background......
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Inspiration

The Betty Zine Culture Fount

Derek Morrison
Out of lockdown blooms a new magazine that puts women at the centre of New Zealand surfing culture and champions their connection with the ocean. Find out how these three, in their early 30s, turned lockdown adversity into a magnetic creative surf production … and why it is here to......
Artists

Ben Thouard: Inside Chopes With One Of The World’s Best Photographers

Derek Morrison
As world-renowned photographer Ben Thouard releases his new book, Turbulences, filmmaker Morgan Maassen documents his creative process at one of the world’s most beautiful waves: Ben’s home break, Teahupo’o, Tahiti. “Ben Thouard is based out of Teahupo’o, Tahiti, where he spends the vast majority of his time and energy swimming......
Pacific

Watch: Goddesses

Derek Morrison
Acclaimed filmmaker Morgan Maassen brings us his latest film, Goddesses, which explores the lives of three young Tahitian girls: Vahine, Heimiti and Kohai Fierro. Set in their home against a dramatic backdrop of Tahiti’s jungle, mountains and reefbreaks, this film is as mesmerizing as it is soulful. “My obsession with......
Sessions

Watch: Eimeo Czermak Scores Late Season Teahupo’o

Derek Morrison
There’s something very exciting happening at the 2024 Paris Olympic Games venue of Teahupo’o in Tahiti. The local surfers are stepping up to the plate in a big way, led by a mixture of the older guard and the new rising stars in the Tahitian lineup. In this film teenage......
Environment

Surfing With Sea Lions: The Cheat Sheet

Derek Morrison
Surfing on the Otago Coast is a sublime experience most of the time, but the number of surfers who report supposed “near-death encounters” with sea lions is puzzling. According to Doc Coastal Otago Ranger Jim Fyfe, we’re reading them all wrong. In this film he offers us his cheat sheet......
Artists

Inside Camper Life With Craig Levers

Derek Morrison
Surf photographer Craig Levers, or CPL, as many will know him by his picture credit, is a bit of a nomad. Like most surfers he likes to travel. That has led him into a whole new world of escapism and the vehicles that deliver us to dream locations. Craig was......
Artists

Chasing Unicorns With Jean Pierre Guillotin

Derek Morrison
Meet the French-speaking Spaniard chasing waves in New Zealand – not to surf them, but to photograph them. Jean Pierre Guillotin is bringing a fresh perspective to the waves and surfers of the North Island. New Zealand Surf Journal’s Derek Morrison caught up with 32-year-old JP during Auckland’s most recent......
Inspiration

Watch: Chasing Winter With Paige Hareb

Derek Morrison
Pro surfer Paige Hareb visits the South Island in the middle of winter to explore the southern waves between snowfalls in the mountains around Queenstown. Paige also takes some time to pass on some of her knowledge to the Queen’s High School Surf Academy girls. Along with a lot of......

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