Five Minutes With 15-Year-Old National Champion Maya Mateja

Derek Morrison
At 15, Maya Mateja became one of the youngest surfers to win the Open Women’s title when she won the 2024 New Zealand Surfing Championships. We catch up with the Raglan-based phenom to find out how she did it and why she won’t be surfing for Team New Zealand. With......
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40 Frames: NZ Surf Nats The Grand Finale

Derek Morrison
Finals Day for the Open Men and Women goes down to the wire at the 2024 New Zealand Surfing Champs. No one in the packed crowd on the steps of St Clair Beach could have predicted the Open Men’s Final would boil down to a tie break between defending Champion......

Five Minutes With National Champion Daniel Farr

Derek Morrison
Hot on the heels of his 2024 New Zealand Surfing Championship we catch up with Taranaki’s Daniel Farr to find out how it feels to win his second Open title … and the moment he knew he had won it. Daniel Farr wasn’t on the radar for the 2024 National......

40 Frames: NZ Surf Nats Day Of Groms

Derek Morrison
Finals Day for the Under 18s, 16s and 14s at the 2024 New Zealand Surfing Champs reveals an historic moment. This is the sharp end of the contest for the juniors, made even more incisive by the fact a win here gives you automatic entry into the New Zealand surfing......

40 Frames: NZ Surf Nats St Clair Shakedown

Derek Morrison
Day Five of the 2024 New Zealand Surfing Champs sees a shakedown of the premier divisions as the circus moves back to the St Clair Esplanade. Day Five saw the contest move back to the comfort of St Clair with light winds and a new north east swell promising some......

Daniel Farr and Maya Mateja Win 2024 Surf Nats

Derek Morrison
Taranaki’s Daniel Farr and Raglan 15-year-old Maya Mateja win the 2024 New Zealand Surfing Champs held in Dunedin over the past week. An explosive final day of the 2024 National Surfing Championships has seen Taranaki surfer Daniel Farr claim his second national title by the closest margin in the history......

40 Frames: NZ Surf Nats … The Free Surf Sessions

Derek Morrison
The 2024 New Zealand Surfing Champs is underway in Dunedin right now with a challenging forecast keeping organisers on their toes. There’s always a lot more to a surf comp than meets the eye. Especially when the swell, wind and tide combination is in a typical summer mode, with swirling......

Taranaki Dominate Nationals: Paige Hareb And Daniel Farr Crowned

Derek Morrison
Taranaki surfers Paige Hareb and Daniel Farr both claimed their first titles in the premier Open Women’s and Men’s Divisions at the 2022 National Surfing Championships completed at Nine Mile Beach on Saturday. The final showdown of the five-day event was relocated to Nine Mile Beach where participants were met......

40 Frames: Westport Nats Finals Day

Derek Morrison
Finals day moves to Nine Mile Beach as the swell that has given so much all week abates and a building north swell fills in at the 2022 New Zealand Surfing National Championships held at Westport. Finals day never disappoints on these big occasions with Daniel Farr and Billy Stairmand......

40 Frames: Westport Nats Day 3

Derek Morrison
Westport delivers yet another day of sunshine and waves in the 2-3 foot range for Day 3 of the 2022 New Zealand Surfing Championships. With temperatures soaring and favourable wave conditions most of the day the event extended into the early evening to get through the required heats. Standouts include......

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