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!

Scored some waves at The Mount March 8, 2010 by Kirk Beyer (Surfer)

Still a bit dissapointed from the bad loss at Whangamata, we stopped into the Mount on the way home and I finally found the sweet spot on my new board! This board is so mean! Just didn’t have enough time to suss it out before the contest!

Stoked though, looking forward to practicing the next two weeks before the Port Waikato comp at the end of the month!

Chur chur. Mount Main beach super fun, check out the pics below:

A manky weekend March 8, 2010 by Kirk Beyer (Surfer)

Usually at surf comps I go to the problem is that the waves are too small . . . at Whangamata on the weekend for the Hyundai Pro Longboard tour it was the opposite – the waves were too big. Well, not too big but just ugly and too much water.

Join that with the fact that I’m unfit and you get me in my heat paddling for 20mins trying to get out the back. Caught one wave scoring a 4.5 but couldn’t get out the back again to catch another. I even came in and ran up the beach but just ran out of time!

So round 3 was as far as I made it in this comp which was very dissapointing, but it was good to watch the other competitors ripping. On Sunday the wind went offshore and the waves dropped for the finals. A good mate of mine Dylan Barnfield was on fire the whole comp and managed to take it out, it was a great final to watch.

Big ups to fellow MD Ambassador Daisy Thomas for winning the national title again! What a legend. Daisy and I gave out some Mountain Dew to a bunch of people along the Whangamata beach before her final, everyone was super stoked to meet her and then watch her win!  Check out some of the pics below…

Rip Curl Pro Results – Braedon Williams March 4, 2010 by Braedon Williams

I have just got back from the Rip Curl Raglan Pro held last weekend. There were some really fun waves, mainly around the 2-4ft range and light sea breeze so it was really contestable and there was a lot of excellent surfing going down.

I ended up getting to the quarter finals of the Under 20 Mens and to the 4th round for the Open Men. I was hoping for a better result but not to worried about it – moving on to the next contest.  Here’s the finals results from the comp:


Open Men’s Final
Morehu Roberts (Gis), 1, Jay Quinn (Rag), 2

Open Women’s Final
Jessica Santorik (Rag), 1, Rosa Thompson (Auck), 2, Laura Rishworth (Mnt), 3, Mischa Davis (Auck), 4

Under 20 Men’s Final
Paco Divers (Sandy Bay), 1, Alex Dive (Mnt), 2, Sean Peggs (Tairua), 3, Joe Moretti (Mimiwhangata), 4

Boys National GromSearch Final
Tane Wallis (Piha), 1, Todd Doyle (Mnt), 2, Patxi Scott Arietta (Sandy Bay), 3, Dune Kennings (Whmata), 4

Girls National GromSearch Final
Alexis Poulter (Rag), 1, Rosa Thompson (Akld), 2, Grace Spiers (Wgm), 3, Jayda Martin-Fitzharris (Gis), 4

Stoked to be back home in Whangamata now, small waves at the moment and its meant to pick up so I’m looking forward to getting some good sized waves! Hopefully a couple of the Coro beaches will turn it on.  I will let you guys know how the swell was next week so stay tuned! Braedon!

Good Morning All! January 21, 2010 by Daisy Thomas (Surfer)

The summer adventures have kicked off and I am on my way with my lad Tom tripping from spot to spot until we reach Whangamata for the Billagbong Pro at the end of this month and then Sandy Bays Longboard Tour Event the following weekend. So far we have brought the sunshine with us most of the way, scoring some super fun waves in Kaiks on the way through to the ferry. Setting up camp was made to be a breeze with our new Beta Spaceship complete with side awning to shelter us and give us some extra room.

Wellington was a family affair, catching up with whanau who I hadn’t seen for about 10 years! Lots of good laughs and yummy Kai went down and we were off to our next destination on the west coast of Aotearoa to get amongst some WWOOFING. No not barking like a dog…Willing Workers On Organic Farms is what WWOOF stands for. It’s something new to me and so far interesting. We are nestled up in the hills surrounded by native bush and a close view of the ocean through the haze of rain drops. Off to get some surf this afternoon. :)

NZ Snowboard Union Announces 09/10 National Teams November 10, 2009 by Mountain Dew NZ

LAKE WANAKA, New Zealand (November 10, 2009) – The New Zealand Snowboard Union (NZSBU) this week announced its 2010 National Team and Development Squad.

The 46-member NZSBU team represents the pinnacle of New Zealand snowboarding today and embodies all areas of snowboarding from Olympians, World Cup Medallists, magazine and movie stars to future hopefuls – a true representation of the sport.

The NZSBU National Team features elite riders representing New Zealand snowboarding heading into the 2009-2010 Northern Hemisphere winter season. Returning members to the team include: Juliane Bray (Wanaka), Nick Brown (Queenstown), Mitch Brown (Mt. Maunganui), Mountain Dew Ambassador Shelly Gotlieb (Ohakune), James Hamilton (Auckland), Nick Hyne (Mt. Maunganui), Will Jackways (Wanaka), Jacob Koia (Arrowtown), Abby Lockhart (Wanaka), and Stef Zeestraten (Christchurch). Moving up to the national team this year are Kendall Brown (Mt Maunganui) and Adaptive Snowboarder, Carl Murphy (New Plymouth).

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.

Billy StairmandBilly Stairmand – IMAge Col/SURF2SURF.com

Hyundai Pro Longboard Tour 2010 November 2, 2009 by Mountain Dew NZ

Surfing NZ logo clear 70The legendary Hyundai Pro Longboard Tour has been confirmed for the coming summer of 2010. Five major events will be held throughout New Zealand including one new event location and a change to the National Longboard Championships.

Renowned as one of the sharpest yet fun surfing tours in New Zealand, the Hyundai Pro Longboard Tour is sure to have longboarders nationwide locking in dates to hit the beach and families climbing onboard to be part of the new twist in the competition – earning the title of best longboarding family in New Zealand.

Hyundai Pro 2010 Tour logo

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