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Billy Stairmand: Inside The Mind Of Our Olympic Hope

Derek Morrison
He’s New Zealand’s Olympic hope for 2020, but only a few short years ago, Billy Stairmand was struggling to light his competitive fire. Now he’s in the best form of his life. This is how the 30-year-old Raglan surfer rebuilt his career. As the World Surf League Qualifying Series came......
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Kelly Slater Confirmed For Piha Pro

Derek Morrison
Eleven-time World Champion Kelly Slater has confirmed he will launch his 2020 season in New Zealand this March at the 2020 Corona Piha Pro. The Goat, as he is known, is widely regarded as the greatest professional surfer of all-time, with comfortably the most title victories, 11, and no less......
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10 Best Moments From The 2020 Nationals

Derek Morrison
With a forecast about as diabolical as you can get for a Dunedin summer the Health 2000 2020 Nationals had it all: early exits, upsets, elation and the emergence of two new champions. Here are our 10 best moments from it all. The Gathering of the Tribe There are few......
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Super Heat: Inside The 2020 New Zealand Surf Open (Unofficial)

Derek Morrison
The 2020 New Zealand Surf Open (Unofficial) is the impulsive gathering of New Zealand’s best surfers at a break that is completely pumping. It is unscripted. It has no rules. It has no timeframes. And no parameters. Just 40, or so, of the best surfers in New Zealand over a......
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Paul Moretti And Elin Tawharu Victorious In The Naki

Derek Morrison
Paul Moretti and Elin Tawharu have claimed their maiden New Zealand Surf Series victories, winning the season-ending Backdoor Pro at Fitzroy Beach, New Plymouth at the weekend. The event was relocated to Fitzroy Beach with the pending weather for the day looking ominous. However, the surf ranged between 1.0m –......
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Stairmand Eighth, New Zealand Seventh At World Surfing Games

Derek Morrison
Billy Stairmand finishes in eighth place at the ISA World Surfing Games presented by Vans completed in Japan yesterday, New Zealand’s best ever result at the event. Stairmand’s performance advanced the New Zealand Team to a seventh overall finish. Staged in Miyazaki, Japan, from September 7-15, the New Zealand team......
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Stairmand On Rampage At World Surfing Games, Qualifies For Olympics

Derek Morrison
Raglan’s Billy Stairmand has maintained his blistering form at the ISA World Surfing Games in Japan today. His run saw him secure the Oceania qualification slot on Friday. Today he blazed through Repechage heats to put himself into the frame for gold when the event resumes tomorrow. Stairmand will surf......
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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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Surfing Gets The Vote For Paris 2024 Olympics

Derek Morrison
Surfing’s Olympic future in good health after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) votes to include surfing on the sports programme for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. The vote, by the IOC membership, came today during the 134th IOC session in Lausanne, Switzerland. Final ratification will be made by the IOC......
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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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