Inspiration

Featured The Physiology Of Life & Death

Dr Will Allen
The raw story behind the Taieri Mouth drowning tragedy of April 2021 and the team of surfing doctors who discovered the fateful capsize. Doctor Will Allen takes us back to a day that still haunts him – but a day that has inspired him to teach other surfers to save......
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Inspiration

Featured Emerson’s Search For New Zealand’s Underground Chargers

Derek Morrison
New Zealand Surf Journal is excited to launch our nationwide Search For New Zealand’s Underground Chargers … powered by Emerson’s Brewery, of course. Yep, you read that right. We’re on the hunt for those surfers in New Zealand who drop tools when the swell starts maxing out. We’re talking big-wave......
The Shaper's Bay

Featured Shaper Profile: Pete Anderson

Derek Morrison
With more than 36 years experience shaping surfboards out of Whangamata, Pete Anderson is one of the most humble and well-respected surfboard manufacturers in New Zealand. In this film he shares his journey from growing up in the heyday of Whangamata’s board-building industry to his insights, his hopes and most......
Artists

Featured Artist Profile: Aaron Kereopa

Derek Morrison
Raglan surfer and artist Aaron Te Whanatangi Kereopa chats about his journey, following his mischief, taking the risky road and how his talent has guided him into an incredible place in his art and life. Since that first day he picked up a knife and surfboard more than 20 years......
Surf Athletes

Featured We Rank The 10 Best Surfers In New Zealand Right Now

Derek Morrison
New Zealand Surf Journal asks the New Zealand surfing industry to rank our 10 best surfers. The concept is simple: include not just the best competitors, but also our very best free surfers and underground chargers. This is who they came up with. THE CRITERIA Surfers are assessed based on......
Surf Athletes

40 Frames: 2022 Primary School Champs

Derek Morrison
Here’s our 40-frame take on the 2022 New Zealand Primary School Championships, which was held in Gisborne at the weekend in occasionally pumping waves. Huge congratulations to all the groms who took part and made this such a cool event to be a part of. And thanks to Sticky Johnson......
Surf Athletes

2022 Primary School Champs: Indi and Alani Win Titles

Derek Morrison
Indica Corcoran and Alani Morse win the premier divisions at the New Zealand Primary School Championships at the weekend as local Archie Alder and Ohope’s Celia Martin claim the younger Year 6 and Below Division titles. The Sticky Johnson Primary School Championships presented by Skullcandy was held at Midway Beach......
Inspiration

Filipe Toledo Wins Maiden World Title

Derek Morrison
Brazil’s Filipe Toledo has finally realised his dream of winning a World Title when he defeated fellow Brazilian Italo Ferreira in the Rip Curl WSL Finals held at Lower Trestles, California this week. Twenty-seven-year-old Toledo has spent the previous nine years of his career battling with the world’s best surfers.......
Inspiration

Stephanie Gilmore Becomes The Greatest Ever

Derek Morrison
Australia’s Stephanie Gilmore has become the winningest female surfer ever when she won the 2022 World Title in four-to-six foot conditions at Lower Trestles in San Clemente, California this week. The historic day marked Gilmore’s eighth World Title, making her the winningest women’s surfer in the sport. Domination and determination......
Travel

Indo Guide: Make Your Dream Trip Happen

Derek Morrison
Let’s face it: Indonesia is the holy grail of surfing. We’re talking Indian Ocean swells with an unimpeded run up that’s longer than anywhere else in the world. Clean lines, perfect reefs and located right near the equator’s typically light winds. This is as close to nirvana as any surfer......
Environment

Shark Bait: A Dead Whale In The Lineup

Derek Morrison
Decomposing whale carcasses have been described as being like “crack cocaine” to great white sharks. So when a young humpback whale washed up in close proximity to some of Dunedin’s best waves, the alarm bells started ringing. According to shark expert Riley Elliott, that’s for good reason. “Whale blubber is......
Inspiration

Small Steps, Big Ambitions: The Rise Of Natasha Gouldsbury

Derek Morrison
Taranaki’s next rising star, Natasha Gouldsbury, hit her straps in the early part of 2022. Not only did she qualify for three finals at the 2022 Nationals held at Westport, but she started to wind in Christchurch phenom Ava Henderson. At 17 she’s surfing with renewed energy and a hunger......
Surf Athletes

Billy Stairmand, Ella Williams Crowned King & Queen Of The Point

Derek Morrison
Billy Stairmand defends his title and Ella Williams returns 

to competition as the duo are crowned champions at the Backdoor King and Queen of the Point. Stairmand snatched a come-from-behind victory in the Men’s Division while Williams took the win in a tough two-way tussle in the Open Women’s Final.......
Ideas

Kiwi Coffee Company Partners With SurfAid

Derek Morrison
Following a successful pilot launch, Kiwi coffee roastery, Allpress, is launching a second run of its limited edition, not-for-profit single-origin Sumatran coffee in partnership with local humanitarian organisation, SurfAid. All proceeds will go towards improving the health and wellbeing of those living in isolated regions, connected to Allpress through surfing.......

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