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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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New Zealand Olympians Into Round Of 16 In Tokyo

Derek Morrison
Both of New Zealand’s Olympic surfers, Billy Stairmand and Ella Williams, survived Day 1 of competition at Tsurigasaki Surfing Beach, Tokyo, today, advancing to the Round of 16. Raglan’s Billy Stairmand was first up in a morning clash that saw him battling in average 1-2 foot waves at Tsurigasaki against......
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Behind The Scenes In El Salvador With Team New Zealand

Derek Morrison
Team New Zealand hits the ISA World Games with just two athletes: Paige Hareb and Saffi Vette. In this visual diary, Saffi Vette takes us behind the scenes as Team New Zealand hunts down an Olympic qualification spot. What they didn’t expect was countless swabs up the nose or a......
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Paige Hareb Narrowly Misses Olympic Qualification

Derek Morrison
It was an agonising conclusion to the 2021 ISA World Surfing Games for Paige Hareb when the Taranaki star missed Olympic qualification by the narrowest of margins in El Salvador. New Zealand’s hopes of a third surfer at this year’s Olympics rested on Paige Hareb in the early hours of......
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Paige Shines At ISA Worlds, Olympic Qualification One Step Away

Derek Morrison
A huge turn that saw Paige Hareb free fall out of the lip on a huge left at La Bocana, El Salvador, was enough to catapult her into the Final 8 in the main group at the ISA World Surfing Games. She is now just one heat shy of Olympic......
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Saffi Vette’s Olympic Campaign Comes To An End

Derek Morrison
Nineteen-year-old Gisborne surf star, Saffi Vette, has ended her run to the Tokyo Olympics this morning, falling in solid, challenging conditions in El Salvador. Surfing in the 4th heat of Repechage 5, Saffi and fellow WQS campaigner Ellie Turner, from Great Britain, were bettered by Carolina Mendes, of Portugal, and......
Surf Athletes

Paige Hareb, Saffi Vette Chasing Olympic Qualification In El Salvador

Derek Morrison
Traveling while the world is flaring with Covid 19 is never an easy decision to make, but if Olympic qualification is top of your goals, then you have very little choice. New Zealand Surf Journal catches up with Paige Hareb and Saffi Vette as they begin their journey at the......
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Five Minutes With: Surfing New Zealand’s Ben Kennings

Derek Morrison
New Zealand Surf Journal catches up with Surfing New Zealand’s Ben Kennings to discuss broken backs, new constitutions, the Olympic pathway and to find out what he’d do if he had full control of the sport and no resource limitations. The top role at Surfing New Zealand is certainly not......
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Kiwi Judges Confirmed For Tokyo 2020 Olympics … In 2021

Derek Morrison
Surfing will make its debut at Tokyo 2020 on July 25, 2021 when the first competition window opens in Japan. In one year’s time the best surfers in the world are set to become the sport’s first Olympians. The International Surfing Association (ISA) celebrated the occasion by announcing the technical......
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Four-Time World Champion Carissa Moore Confirmed For Piha Pro

Derek Morrison
Reigning World Champion Carissa Moore has confirmed that she will compete at the inaugural Corona Piha Pro in New Zealand in March. The Hawaiian became the youngest ever surfing World Champion when she claimed her first title in 2011 at the age of 18, before taking the title again in......

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