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Leap Of Faith: Billy Stairmand

Derek Morrison
The journey of Billy Stairmand in 2021 is astounding. From fundraising just to get to the Australian qualification series, to the highs and lows of the inaugural surfing event at the Olympics to a frantic run through the Challenger Series – and all while never knowing when, or if, he......
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Billy Stairmand Advances At Haleiwa

Derek Morrison
Raglan’s Billy Stairmand has bounced back from a string of shock first round exits throughout the Challenger Series to surf his way comfortably into the Round of 32 at Haleiwa, Hawaii. It’s the final curtain of the 2021 WSL Challenger Series and the draw is loaded. That makes Billy’s journey......
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Piha Pro Is Back As WSL Releases New 2022 Framework

Derek Morrison
Big news out of World Surf League headquarters today with the announcement that the beleaguered Piha Pro will be staged November 5-13 as part of the 2022 Challenger Series. That comes amongst a raft of changes to the WSL event framework including a return to the mid-season cut in the......
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NZSJ Podcast: Paige Hareb And Saffi Vette In MIQ

Derek Morrison
New Zealand Surf Journal releases Episode 1 of its Good Salt podcast series with an in-depth chat with Paige Hareb and Saffi Vette as they endure MIQ in Auckland. Fresh back from the ISA World Surfing Games in El Salvador we discuss the Olympic dream, Tokyo 2020’s waves, and we......
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World Surf League In Pre-Season Countdown Mode With Charity Events

Derek Morrison
World Surf League bridges the competition abyss caused by Covid-19 with its pre-season Countdown events. Upcoming competitions will take place in Australia, France, Portugal and Brazil, with nothing on the cards yet for New Zealand’s World Qualifying Series surfers. The idea of these WSL contests is to bring world-class competitive......
Surf Athletes

Watch: Jordy

Derek Morrison
Filmmaker Morgan Maassen teams up with South Africa’s Jordy Smith to bring this insight into one of the World Surf League’s most stylish surfers. “My longstanding attraction to surfing has always been through the elegance of style,” offers Morgan. “Watching the way someone can navigate a wave, connecting moves, making......
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Featured Special Feature: The Ratso Story

Derek Morrison
I’m standing in the garage with him as he sniffles back the taps and shuffles through a rack full of surfboards, his long hair hanging flat. He pulls one after another out and they’ve all got stories: he’s made a bunch of them, rode others to world titles and has......
Surf Athletes

WSL Unveils New Championship Tour Format For 2021

Derek Morrison
On the back of cancelling the 2020 World Championship Tour and Qualifying Series seasons, World Surf League has today unveiled a radical new format for the Championship Tour. To be introduced for the 2021 season that starts at the end of 2020, the WSL Championship Tour will see key format changes.......
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WSL Cancels 2020 Championship Tour

Derek Morrison
The World Surf League has today announced the cancellation of the 2020 Championship Tour season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Citing the health and safety of athletes, fans, employees, and local communities as the WSL’s top priorities, along with the challenges of international travel, the organisation has today cancelled the......

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