2010 Beach Hop March 30, 2010 by Braedon Williams

Whanagamata Beach Hop.  If you havent heard of Beach Hop it’s where thousands of people come in to town for a week and show of their 60s cars.  It’s a pretty full on week with a lot of petrol heads loving it.

The Tuesday before the Beach Hop started I was out longboarding and as I fell of a really small wave I popped my head up the the strong offshore wind blew the board back at me and smacked me in the face . . . so to cut a long story short I had to have a big hole glued up right between my eyes so yeah I kind of look like Harry Potter at the moment haha.

Well the I’m off to the Nationals in Gisborne tomorrow, they start this Thursday and the surfs meant to be not too bad so I’m really looking fword to it!  I will give u an update when I get back and fill you in what happened – I’ll also try and get a hold of some pics!

Feelers, fireworks and friends March 30, 2010 by Daisy Thomas (Surfer)

Spaceships campervan hire NZ and picked up my Spaceship, got lost (as per usual) on my way out to Port Waikato and finally ended up at the final destination.

Us ladies about to head out for our semi final, picture by Dave?

Morning came and it was a struggle to get out of my cosy bed and brave the howling onshore wind and mellow rain drops outside, but I did and it was straight down to the contest site where solid wild west coast waves were rolling through. Port Waikato was the final destination for the Pro Longboard Tour so there was a fantastic turn out from southerners to Australians. The chica dees all charged when it came down to the finals and the boys were shredding the big west coast walls. Next stop Gisborne for the National Shortboard Championships!

I will leave you with these pics to illustrate the weekend. Yee ow

Killer time at Rhythm and Vines January 5, 2010 by Brad Smeele (Wakeboarder)

Happy New Year Everybody!!! I am really looking forward to this 2010 we have… I have a great feeling about it!

Over New Years I was down in Gizzy for the crazy festivities of Rhythm and Vines as well as the BW camping festival.. I got up to so much including: Judging Bikini Comps, commentating the Wakeboard Jam, Partying hard every night, I even made 10 dudes have a belly flop contest into a pond of duck s#!t for a pair of Skull Candies!!

We partied it up with the Jim Beam Crew and ended up getting some supplies…

The Music line-up was off the hook! some of my favorites were: The John Butler Trio, Krafty Kuts, Moby, Kora, The Potbellies, Concord Dawn and many more!!

I will have a video up soon of all of the festivities so stay tuned.. Peace!

Stairmand Smashes Field at O’Neill Sequence Surf Shop Pro November 9, 2009 by Mountain Dew NZ

Surfing NZ logo clear 70Raglan surfer Billy Stairmand (20) smashed apart a star-studded field of surfers to take a well received victory at the O’Neill Sequence Surf Shop Pro today (Sunday 8th November). Stairmand’s partner, Jessica Santorik, was also victorious in the Open Women’s Division making it a highly successful weekend for the young couple.

The O’Neill Sequence Surf Shop Pro, held at Makorori Beach, Gisborne is the first of five events on the Export Gold Series which stretches throughout the country during the coming summer months.

Today’s conditions were less than desirable with up to a metre of swell affected by onshore winds. Despite the challenges facing the surfers, the level of surfing was impressive during the final stages of the event.

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Local Surfers Explode on Day One November 7, 2009 by Mountain Dew NZ

Surfing NZ logo clear 70The cream of New Zealand’s best surfers exploded on day one of the O’Neill Sequence Surf Shop Pro today (Saturday 7th November). The top seeds resisted a strong push from a number of surfers including a strong local contingent.

The O’Neill Sequence Surf Shop Pro is the first of five events on the Export Gold Series which stretches throughout the country during the coming summer months.

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Nick White (Mnt), fresh back from four months competing on the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Qualifying Series (WQS), posted the highest single wave score of the day with an 8.75 point ride. White finished with a 16.5 point heat total to move through to the final sixteen surfers at the event.

Mountain Dew Gissy Pro – Press Release November 4, 2009 by Mountain Dew NZ

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With a strong field of competitors from all over New Zealand entered, the 2009 NMD/Mountain Dew Gissy Pro being held in Gisborne over Labour Weekend 2009 was looking to be the perfect finale to the NMD/Mountain Dew BBSNZ (Bodyboard Surfing New Zealand) Tour.

North Island Longboard Championship – Press Release November 3, 2009 by Mountain Dew NZ

Surfing NZ logo clear 70 The first ever Origin Jeans North Island Longboarding Championships took place over the weekend, with the Open Men’s division being taken out by Daniel Procter.  In his acceptance speech, Procter stated that he was hugely gratified to have “taken out the NZ Triple Crown this year – including the National Longboard title, the Maori Nationals Longboard title and now the North Island Longboarding Championships”.

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Export Gold Joins Forces with Surfing New Zealand October 29, 2009 by Mountain Dew NZ

Surfing NZ logo clear 70Kiwi beer brand Export Gold has today (Thursday 29th October 2009) announced its sponsorship of Surfing New Zealand Inc after signing a two year contract with the national sporting organisation.

The news comes at a perfect time for Surfing New Zealand as the organisation prepares for the biggest schedule of summer events and activities in the organisation’s history.

Export Gold will partner with Surfing New Zealand and will be the naming rights sponsor for the Export Gold Series – a five-event series that sees the top surfers in New Zealand visit the best surf locations in the country.

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The Export Gold Series will see events held at Gisborne, Whangamata, Raglan and Piha, boasting a total prize purse in excess of $40,000. The Export Gold Series culminates in the prestigious Export Gold Super 16 which will be contested by 16 of New Zealand’s elite surfers. To qualify for the event, surfers must gain enough ratings points from the first four events to secure their invitation.

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