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Priority Rules: Are We Getting It Right In New Zealand?

Derek Morrison
Since Surfing New Zealand implemented priority rules into local contests the quality of heat surfing has improved. But is there a dark side to the way we’re implementing it? Any blunder in priority rulings can effectively stop even the best surfer in their tracks. And that has happened at least......
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The Great NZ Surf Journal Board Giveaway: How It Works

Derek Morrison
As part of our commitment to New Zealand surfboard shapers we’re collaborating with a bunch to bring you the chance to win one of their latest board designs. Here’s how it works … and how you can win yourself one. Step 1: We ask a local New Zealand shaper to......
Surf Athletes

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......
Surf Athletes

Ricardo Christie vs Billy Stairmand: Taranaki Turns On For Health 2000 National Champs

Derek Morrison
Perfect Taranaki waves laid the platform for New Zealand’s top surfers as the contest whittled down to the semifinalists at the Health 2000 National Surfing Championships held at grunty Stent Road this week. The head-to-head battle between WQS regular Billy Stairmand and good friend and WCT qualifier for 2019, Ricardo......
Surf Athletes

Ricardo Surges To The Podium At Hawaiian Pro, Now Seventh In QS

Derek Morrison
Ricardo Christie laid down a new chapter in New Zealand surfing history today when he went blow-for-blow with three of the world’s best in the final of the Hawaiian Pro at Haleiwa. His third place finish catapulted Ricardo from 14th to seventh on the WQS rankings and puts him in......
Fitness

Surf Coach: So, Just How Physically Demanding Is A Session At Raglan?

Dr Oliver Farley
It is well-documented: only a surfer knows that feeling … of utter exhaustion after a session at Raglan. But just how much physical exertion is involved? We put that question to surfer and exercise physiology expert Dr Oliver Farley. Here’s the breakdown … A surfer in a competitive heat at......

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