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

Nats 2023: Pia Rogers Takes Top National Title At Piha

Derek Morrison
Whangamata surfer Pia Rogers wins the premier women’s division at the 2023 New Zealand Surfing Championship held today at Piha. It was a fairy tale ending for Pia Rogers who contested two finals today – finishing third to Aussie-based Kiwi Tayla Green in the Under 18 Girls. They met again......
Surf Athletes

Nats 2023: Dune Kennings Wins In Piha

Derek Morrison
Dune Kennings wins the 2023 New Zealand Surfing Championship today at Piha. In a Men’s Open final that had the crowd on its feet, local surfer Dune Kennings pulled off an extraordinary feat to become the first Piha surfer to ever win a title at his homebreak. And he did......
Surf Athletes

Nats 2023: Finals Day Preview

Derek Morrison
We’ve reached the finals day at the Nats for 2023 and, if the two Open Men’s semis from today are anything to go by, then we’re in for an explosive day at Piha. Controversy surrounds the Open Men’s first semi-final with a priority glitch causing confusion in the middle of......
Surf Athletes

Nats 2023: The Contenders

Derek Morrison
The Nats for 2023 have started at Piha with fun 2-3 foot waves providing some quality contest conditions. After two days of competition here’s our pick on the likely candidates for the 2023 titles. Even in the first few days of competition it is clear there are some favourites emerging......
Surf Athletes

Nats 2023: The Elephant In The Bay

Derek Morrison
The Nats for 2023 are underway at Piha, but where are some of our best surfers? Let’s address one of the elephants in the room with Nats 2023: the missing players. Why are so many of our best surfers missing in action. Consider this: Paige Hareb isn’t in attendance. She’s......
Featured

Ship’s Log Indian Ocean, Day 3: More Macaronis Please

Derek Morrison
The swell that was supposed to kick in yesterday begins to fill in by the next morning. We are ready and champing at the bit. The funnest wave in the world awaits us … The routine we set on these early days becomes the everyday ritual for the trip. We......
Surf Athletes

The 10 Best Surfers In New Zealand In 2023

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 as we head into 2023. THE CRITERIA......
Surf Athletes

Chasing The Dream With National Champ Daniel Farr

Derek Morrison
Taranaki surfer Daniel Farr won the Nationals at Westport in 2022, taking down form surfer of the event, Billy Stairmand, in one of the most exciting finals ever seen in New Zealand. The quiet, reserved surfer always believed he could do it. Now he has his sights set on the......
Environment

Taranaki Rāhui Supported By Government As Kaimoana Stocks Under Threat

Craig Ashworth
The Government has banned collection of kaimoana from 70km of the Taranaki coast, giving legal backing to a rāhui that hapū placed on the area in January 2022. The two-year legal ban began on Friday, December 16, just before the summer holidays, when hapū of Taranaki iwi feared a fresh......
Artists

Rambo Wins Monster Children Photo Comp

Derek Morrison
Mount Maunganui photographer Rambo Estrada has won the coveted surf category award at the annual Monster Children Photo Competition. Rambo was invited to the annual Monster Children Photo Annual launch (issue 71, on sale HERE) held at MC’s new offices in Waterloo, Sydney, in early December. The winners of the......

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