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Dark horse stomps through Aussie field

Elliot Paerata-Reid the young surfer from Piha has this week made a big name for himself on the Australian pro junior surfing circuit. (Association of professional Surfers). They called him the “dark horse” and repeatedly commented on his strength and power. As Elliot stamped through a field of Australia’s top young surfers  commentators and Australian  [ Read More ]

Elliot Paerata-Reid off to Oz to Train

The five-day 2013 National Scholastic Surfing Championship was strung out because of big messy surf, but was completed with some success, notably the first place in the Under-18 Boys’ Final for Elliot Paerata-Reid with 15 points. His Piha team-mate, Ware Wano, came in 3rd in the same event with 8.4 points. Other Piha success was  [ Read More ]

Piha Girl wins U16 grom series

Congratulations to Claudia Fraser from Piha who has won the Billabong Grom Series U16 Girls.  Now a strong contender for the NZ Team for the World Junior Surfing Champs which will be in Nicaragua in June. Claudia Fraser was stoked to officially claim the overall series for the Under 16 Girls despite placing second to  [ Read More ]

Piha excells in Hyundai surfing champs

Jay Quinn won the prestigious men’s final in the Hyundai surfing champs, but Piha came away from the finals day with  great results. Elliot Paerata-Reid won the under-18 title having excelled on two large waves in his run. Waretini Wano of Piha was placed second. Mischa Davis, having won the women’s longboard earlier in the  [ Read More ]

Piha does well in Hyundai National Surfing Champs

First Champions Crowned at National Surfing Championships Nine national champions were crowned on day five of seven at the 2013 Hyundai National Surfing Championships being held at Piha. The pending 3.0m swell set to pound Auckland’s West Coast Beach from Friday afternoon onward forced event organisers to bring forward the finals of several divisions. Competitors  [ Read More ]

Elliot Paerata-Reid through to under-18 semis

Elliot Paerata-Reid is through to the semi-finals of the under-18 Hyundai National Surfing Champs. Here’s seen here today (Wednesday 16th January) with one of his many fans, Rafael Hosking, having just successfully contested the quarter-final round. Other Piha contestants to make a mark on Day Two (15 January) were Mischa Davis with a 1st in  [ Read More ]

Mischa top of the class on longboard

Piha’s Mischa Davis (daughter of Steve and Monique), topped the women’s longboard champs at Raglan in the weekend. With 12.53 points she was ahead of Belinda Goodwin of Mt Maunganui on 11.3 and Alexia Poulter of Raglan on 9.83. The competitions are part of the Hyundai Tour coming Piha’s way next week. Interview with Mischa  [ Read More ]

Elliot and The Tube

Elliot Paerata-Reid is not just a talented surfer, but also an inspired maker of short surfing videos starring himself. Watch this video of Elliot in Nias Indonesia and you’ll see what I mean. Should be called “Beating the tube”. https://vimeo.com/user7414182  Nias is a large island in North Sumatra, 100 km from the mainland. It is  [ Read More ]

Piha top surfbreak in the Auckland region

When Auckland Council surveyed surfers for their top surfbreaks, Piha came home as the most surfed and the favourite surfbreak in the Auckland region. Other valued surfbreaks were Te Arai, Forestry, Muriwai and Maori Bay. The survey attracted 1452 responses and surfers were very experienced, 67% having surfed for more than 10 years. While most  [ Read More ]

Elliot at World Junior Champs

Piha boy Elliot Paerata-Reid is doing well in the World Junior Comps at Panama. There are 128 juniors competing in the under-16-year-olds and Elliot is through the the final 16! The photo shows Elliot competing, all style and grace and extraordinary athleticism – if not balletic poise. Wish you luck, Elliot. Fir a fuller report  [ Read More ]

Piha woman surfer makes top three to compete international event

Piha surfer Gaby Sansom earned a wildcard by winning the New Zealand open enabling her to compete in a world surfing women’s event at New Plymouth tomorrow. Only 15-years-old, Gaby decided at the last moment to enter the open women’s section. Gaby will join Paige Hareb and Sarah Mason at New Plymouth’s Fitzroy Beach on  [ Read More ]

Mischa Davis is Women’s Champ in Hyundai Longboard Tour

Sitka’s Mischa Davis has this past weekend been crowned the overall Women’s Champion at the final round of the Hyundai New Zealand Longboard Tour for 2012 at Port Waikato. With weather conditions looking less than ideal for the entire North Island, the finals day of competition was postponed to Sunday where the sun rose warmly  [ Read More ]

New surfing videos from our boy Elliot

Latest YouTubes from Elliot Paerata-Reid, surfer boy extraordinaire. Love that filming of Lion Rock down the tube, and that snapper. Did he catch it off his board? http://vimeo.com/37711530 And Here’s Double Vision, that rock’s The Beehive. http://vimeo.com/37155403

Piha boys going to the worlds – Western Leader

Two Piha surfers will represent New Zealand at the ISA world junior surfing championships in Panama this April. Tane Wallis and Elliot Paerata-Reid were selected alongside 10 other surfers from around New Zealand to make up the national squad. It’s the third and final time Wallis can compete in the junior worlds. The Henderson High  [ Read More ]

Elliot triumphs again

Piha’s Elliot Paerata-Reid was first in the under-16 boys over the weekend, at the second round of the Billabong Grom at Whangamata. Elliot achieved 12.3 points, ahead of Dune Kennings and Jordan Griffin. Elliot was also winner in Round 1. Event 3 of the Billabong series will be held at Piha on 10-11 March. For  [ Read More ]

Calling all surfers – name your best surfbreaks

  Here’s a message from Matt McNeil in the coastal team at Auckland Council. He wants some help in compiling the Auckland region’s best surfbreaks for protection in the Auckland Unitary Plan – this is the mega-plan replacement for all 7 district plans, the Regional Policy Statement and the Coastal Plan. Nationally important surfbreaks are  [ Read More ]

Piha performance at Hyundai National Surfing Champs

The titles might not have gone tumbling down to Piha contestants at finals day 20 January of the National Surfing Champs at Piha, but Piha was quite a presence, despite the small and average surf. For full results go here http://www.surfingnz.co.nz/stairmand_simply_sublime.htm But here are some Piha accomplishments: Gary Pike 1st in the Over-50 Men’s Anna  [ Read More ]

Honouring Peter Byers

The Hyundai 2012 National Surfing Champs are for the first time, awarding a Most Outstanding Performance Trophy which will go to the stand-out performance at the 50th anniversary champs. It could be for the best heat, or wave or barrel or combination of feats. Local builder/craftsman Clive Barron has made the board shaped trophy our of kauri. Peter  [ Read More ]

Peter Byers memory honoured at surf champs

Peter Byers, pioneer surfer and board maker, will be honoured at the Hyundai National Surf Champs at Piha with the establishment of an award in his memory. Byers died earlier this year aged 71 years. Byers took up board building in the late 1950s after the visit of Californians Bing Copeland and Rick Stoner to  [ Read More ]

Mischa makes a splash in Western Leader

VANITA PRASAD  Mischa Davis enjoys swapping her longboard for a custom-made tail when she’s not competing in top level surfing contests. The 23-year-old is in the women’s longboard and open divisions at the 50th annual Hyundai National Surfing Championships at Piha next week. “I feel happiest when I’m out there amongst the waves.” The Piha  [ Read More ]

Daughters for the return home

Mischa Davis, surfer extraordinaire, and sometime bar girl in surf club, has come home from Europe to Piha and shares her reaction, in beautiful prose. Welcome home Mischa, and keep writing, and surfing. http://mischamermaid.wordpress.com/2011/12/04/te-hokianga-mai-the-return-home/

Surfing tourism – good for business, but watch for the dark side

Here’s an interesting article about surfing tourism, what it can add to local economies, and where it can all go bad.  Piha has its share of surfing events, and since the 1950s, it’s been sought out as providing surf breaks close to the metropolitan centre. Surfers from other parts of New Zealand, and from overseas,  [ Read More ]

Elliot Paerata-Reid up for Sports Awards

As well as a number of Piha Surf Life Saving sportspeople and administrators up for awards in next Friday’s Unitec Sporting Excellence Koru Awards, young Piha surfer Elliot Paerata-Reid is up for two. Marac/West City Holden Junior Sportsman of the Year, and He Oranga Poutama Maori Achievement in Sport  http://www.sportwaitakere.co.nz/projects/index_dynamic/containerNameToReplace=Middle/focusModuleID=5996/overideSkinName=featureproject-full.tpl

Heritage surfing at Piha 1976

In 1976 the Amco/Hauraki (Blast from the Past!) National Surfing Champs were held at Piha. Much of it was filmed and this YouTube clip shows you some of the best competition. What’s noticeable is the hair – mostly long – the clothing, including kaftans! – and a style of surfing that is clean, elemental, and largely lacking  [ Read More ]

More tributes to Peter Byers, surfing legend

http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/western-leader/5784500/Farewell-to-Kiwi-surfing-pioneer   And here’s another photo of Peter that celebrates his involvement with fishing at Piha. It shows a group of young surf club members with their catch at Pakiti (mostly schnapper), front row, Buddy Cox, Gordon Barker, Graeme Webber, Peter Byers, Murray Bray, and Peter’s brother, Bruce Byers “Cheetah”.

Starring Mike Jolly

Great article by Vanita Prasad in the latest Western Leader or Piha’s Mike Jolly, surfer, board builder, board repairer, reporter on state of Piah’s surf. http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/western-leader/5777988/Surfs-up-and-board-makers-there

Blast from the past – “Children of the Sun” – Piha surfing 1960s style

http://www.nzonscreen.com/title/children-of-the-sun-1968 New Zealand on Screen has just made available the entire Kiwi surfing cult classic Children of the Sun. Made by Andrew McAlpine and starring surfers like Wayne Parkes, the film follows a group of young surfers with long boards touring from Piha to Noosa looking for waves. The opening shots of Piha show what waves  [ Read More ]

Piha voices on Surfbreak Protection Society

Monique Olivier, secretary of Piha R&R and long-time supporter of Piha Board Riders, has been re-elected as secretary of the New Zealand Surf break Protection Societyat the recent society AGM in New Plymouth. Also elected to the committee is David Storck of Piha. The society campaigns for protection of surfbreaks and has been successful in gaining  [ Read More ]

Piha surfers in Auckland Scholastics Surf Team

Two young Piha surfers, members of Piha Board Riders,  have been selected for the Auckland Scholastics Surf Team. Taylor Louie and Ware Wano have made the U16 Boys. They will travel to Ahipara to compete against 11 other regions for the National Scholastics Championship title in the school holidays 10-14 October. For the past two  [ Read More ]

Go Elliot, Piha boy surfer!

Today (7 May 2011) Herald summarises the illustrious surfing career of local lad Elliot Paerata-Reid. We see him surfing out the back from our bach, and he’s magic. Simply flies on the waves. He’s won title after title and heads off this month to contest internationally. Best wishes Elliot. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=10724043

Elliot King of the Groms!

Our local boy, Elliot Paerata-Reid, cleaned up the opposition to win the Under-16s Boys Division Championship at the Maz Quin Quiksilver King of the Groms at Wainui Beach on 19 March. This means Elliot goes to France to compete in the international competition. For a full report go here. http://www.surfingnz.co.nz/paerata_reid_crowned_king_of_the_new_zealand_groms.htm

Hyundai Pro Longboard event has perfect weather and perfect waves

Piha’s Micha Davis held the flag for Piha in winning the Women’s Longboard event at the Hyundai Pro Longboard surfing event held at Piha on 8-9 January. Her 6.75 score on her last wave in the final, took her past fellow Piha-ite Anna Jolly who came in 2nd. No other Piha surfers took finals positions. Generally, Aussies  [ Read More ]

Piha Boardriders

Piha Boardriders (formerly Wildcoast Boardriders) was formed in 2001 by a group of surfing parents to support young surfers who were keen to develop their surfing skills in a social club environment. Auckland, and its most famous surfing beach Piha, had lacked support structures for young and upcoming surfers since the days of the former Waitemata  [ Read More ]

Piha – birthplace of modern surfing

  Two US lifeguards are credited with the birth of the modern surfing movement in New Zealand and there is a strong Piha connection. When Rick Stoner and Bing Copeland turned up at Piha in 1958 they created a sensation. The local girls were wowed by the Yankee accents and blond good looks while Piha  [ Read More ]