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Watch: Jamie Civil’s Masterclass In Backhand Barrel Riding

Derek Morrison
He may prefer to hide away from the limelight, but Jamie Civil keeps drawing attention to himself in pumping hollow waves. Civil would have to be one of New Zealand’s best barrel riders and this edit by Tim Shaw and Oscar Johns attests to that. Filmed over a winter in......
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Remembering Pete And Danny

Derek Morrison
Kaikoura turns it on for the semi-annual Pete and Danny Memorial Contest recently. Glassy conditions and waves in the 3-6-foot range ensure competitors are fizzing at a local righthand point break, but it is the smoky campfires and laughter between two tribes that steals the show. Back in 1995 two......
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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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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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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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Chasing Giants: Hunting The 23.8m Swell That Broke Records

Derek Morrison
A group of Southern surfers chase a record-breaking swell as it lines up a remote reef break buried deep in the Catlins. What transpires has it all: blood, guts, an inhospitable peak and the rise of a new talent in big-wave surfing. New Zealand Surf Journal takes you inside one......
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Surf Photography: Secret Surf Missions In Our Rural Heartland

Derek Morrison
Surf photographers go to extraordinary lengths to capture our waves and those who surf them. One of New Zealand’s finest even employs SAS-level training and wears a specially made sniper suit to roam the coastline completely undetected. He does it to capture line-ups that you’ll never find. He makes sure......
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Photo Essay: East Coast Pumps Part 2 – Gisborne

Derek Morrison
The February swell that swept into the East Coast and drifted south made a direct hit on Gisborne. The wonky, wobbly swell hit with such intensity that only few breaks could properly handle the volume of water moving around. The unusual easterly swell direction added to the confusion. But if......
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Photo Essay: East Coast Pumps Part 1 – Coromandel Coast

Derek Morrison
A swarm of tropical cyclones swirled through the Pacific in the first half of February. As they dissipated they tracked south east and got trapped off the East Coast by a blocking high over New Zealand. That scenario created the perfect long range and sustained swell engine for the East......

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