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.

Featured

Team Backdoor Score Southern Gems

Derek Morrison
The concept is simple: take a bunch of Backdoor’s best team surfers and put them into the best waves we can find in the south. Covid has other ideas. The lineup is impeccable: newly crowned national champion Daniel Farr, Under 18 national champion Ava Henderson, inaugural Super 16 champion Taylor......
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Surf Athletes

Pipe Turns On For 2022 Championship Tour Surfers

Derek Morrison
The Billabong Pro Pipeline, the first stop on the World Surf League 2022 Championship Tour, has started with epic eight-to-twelve foot surf at the world-famous Banzai Pipeline. Having Pipeline as the first event on the CT schedule is tough to grasp. It feels a bit like eating dessert before your......
Surf Athletes

40 Frames: Westport Nats Finals Day

Derek Morrison
Finals day moves to Nine Mile Beach as the swell that has given so much all week abates and a building north swell fills in at the 2022 New Zealand Surfing National Championships held at Westport. Finals day never disappoints on these big occasions with Daniel Farr and Billy Stairmand......
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......
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......

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