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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  [ 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  [ 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  [ 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  [ 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  [ 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  [ 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  [ 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  [ 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,  [ 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!  [ 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  [ 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  [ 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  [ Read More ]

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  [ 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  [ 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  [ 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  [ 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  [ 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  [ 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  [ 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  [ Read More ]

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  [ 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  [ Read More ]

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  [ 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  [ Read More ]

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  [ 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  [ 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  [ 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  [ Read More ]

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  [ Read More ]

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  [ 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  [ 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  [ Read More ]