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Five Minutes With: Olympian Billy Stairmand

Derek Morrison
Billy Stairmand may not have made it past Round 3 at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, but the way he took on Italo Ferreira in his man-on-man match was inspired. Stairmand never gave up and went hunting for that magic ramp that would bring him into line with the Brazilian world......
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NZSJ Podcast: Paige Hareb And Saffi Vette In MIQ

Derek Morrison
New Zealand Surf Journal releases Episode 1 of its Good Salt podcast series with an in-depth chat with Paige Hareb and Saffi Vette as they endure MIQ in Auckland. Fresh back from the ISA World Surfing Games in El Salvador we discuss the Olympic dream, Tokyo 2020’s waves, and we......
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Paige Hareb Recovering After Blackout In El Salvador

Derek Morrison
Paige Hareb suffers medical event while celebrating her 31st birthday in El Salvador on Sunday and requires hospital treatment. “I went out to celebrate my El Salvadorian birthday last night, but things took a turn for the worst,” she shared on Instagram. Paige has spent her birthday surfing with Saffi......
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Five Minutes With: Surfing New Zealand’s Ben Kennings

Derek Morrison
With New Zealand’s competitive season coming to a close we put some tough questions to Surfing New Zealand’s Ben Kennings. Is Surfing New Zealand headed in the right direction? Are we looking after our athletes? Are we providing a pathway? Ben Kennings gives us an insight into what the off-season......
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Watch: National Champ Elliot Paerata-Reid – The Post-Lockdown Edit

Derek Morrison
Current New Zealand Surfing Champion Elliot Paerata-Reid looks back on his year in this post lockdown release – you can rest-assured this is no ordinary surf memoir. From sublime Indonesian waves to a full-on aerial showcase, EPR’s film Reccy is another solid dose of the hard-charging Piha surfer. Check out......
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Billy Stairmand Wins Gold Coast Open

Derek Morrison
Raglan’s Billy Stairmand has won the 2019 Gold Coast Open today taking down Lennox Head’s Stuart Kennedy in a thrilling final in peeling 2-3ft waves at Burleigh Point. Crowds swarmed to the Burleigh Hill in the thousands to witness some world-class surfing in the natural amphitheater that is Burleigh Point......
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Ava Henderson: Meet The 13-Year-Old Shaking Up The Contest Circuit

Derek Morrison
She’s only 13, but Christchurch surfer Ava Henderson is punching way above her weight, taking on the Under 16s, Under 18s and Under 20s like an athlete on a mission. And she’s the whole package: nice as pie to chat to after a heat, friendly and smart. But even her......
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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......

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