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......

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......

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......

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......

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