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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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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......

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......

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......

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......

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......

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......

Mental Health: How Surfing Is Winning The War

Jack Dustin
There is no question that surfing has special properties that few of us can fully grasp … or thrive without. It just is what it is. Immersion in the brine. The rise and fall of the ocean’s surface and real moments of intensity, fear, power and vulnerability. For Gisborne surfer,......

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