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Swimmer Lauren Boyle Sets New World Record

Swimmer Lauren Boyle Sets New World Record

New Zealand swimmer and Commonwealth Games gold medalist Lauren Boyle has set a new world record in Wellington. Less than a month after taking silver in Glasgow, Boyle broke the 1500m freestyle world record at…

Bullrush Hits Blue Water in Whitsundays Airlie Beach Race Week

Bullrush Hits Blue Water in Whitsundays Airlie Beach Race Week

Janine and Anthony Robinson will be racing their Elliott 12 Bullrush in the Performance Division at this year’s Vision Surveys 25th Airlie Beach Race Week on in the Whitsundays, Queensland from 8-15…

Twigg Sets Season Benchmark Beating World Champ

Twigg Sets Season Benchmark Beating World Champ

Upset by fast-finishing New Zealand rival Emma Twigg in a thrilling Sydney International Rowing Regatta final, sculling world champion England’s Kim Crow says she’ll become a smarter tactician. Crow looked set to cruise to her…

How Do You Go about Kayaking the Cook Strait

How Do You Go about Kayaking the Cook Strait

In order to kayak across the 22km stretch of the Cook Strait, considered one of the most dangerous waters in the world, general manager at Wellington’s Fergs Kayaks Dave Annear says you’ll need a…

Olympic Rower Takes on the Cambridge Team

Olympic Rower Takes on the Cambridge Team

Olympic bronze medal-winner and Oxford student, Invercargill-born Storm Uru, 29, says the stress of the Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race is the fun side of getting his MBA. Uru was ready for a break from…

Tall Ships Medal for New Zealander Presented in Denmark

Tall Ships Medal for New Zealander Presented in Denmark

New Zealander Nigel Wright was presented with the Janka Bielak Medal for sailing training at the Annual International Sail Training & Tall Ships Conference last month in Aalborg, Denmark. The Janka Bielak Medal is awarded…

Stand Up Winner at California Paddle Awards

Stand Up Winner at California Paddle Awards

Aucklander Annabel Anderson has been named stand up female paddler of the year at the 2013 SUP Awards in California. Anderson was the 2012 Stand Up World Series champion, Battle of the…

Team New Zealand Win Louis Vuitton Cup

Team New Zealand Win Louis Vuitton Cup

Emirates Team New Zealand has won the Louis Vuitton Cup for the second consecutive time, making Team New Zealand the official challenger to Oracle Team USA in the America’s Cup challenge this September. Team…

New Zealand Sailing Team Wins 2013 World Womens 470 Championship

New Zealand Sailing Team Wins 2013 World Womens 470 Championship

Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie have won the 470 Women’s World Champions title in La Rochelle, France, exactly a year to the day after winning Gold at the 2012 Olympics. Though the pair have…

New Zealand Para-Swimmer Find Success at World Championship

New Zealand Para-Swimmer Find Success at World Championship

New Zealand representatives are performing strongly at the 2013 IPC Swimming World Championships in Montreal. Mary Fisher today received her third gold of the competition in S11 Women’s 100m Freestyle final, achieving an Oceania…

Man from the Deep

Man from the Deep

Thirty-two-year-old New Zealander William Trubridge, holder of 15 freediving world records, knows intimately the literal depths of the planet’s waters, Matthew Link writes for The South China Morning Post. “With no…

Flat tack for Oxford

Flat tack for Oxford

The 10th ever New Zealander competed in the historical Easter Oxford & Cambridge Boat Race, rowing for the Oxford side. Sam O’Connor, 25, never thought it possible for a kid from Christchurch to contest…

Where No Man Has Gone Before

Where No Man Has Gone Before

New Zealand world record-breaking freediver William Trubridge, 32, is one of the few people on the planet who can dive deeper than WWII submarines without coming up for air. Trubridge talked to Bob Simon…

Holding It In For A World Record

Holding It In For A World Record

Free divers, like New Zealander William Trubridge, 32, are taking extreme sports to new depths, while ever mindful of not being shark bait, reports The Sydney Morning Herald’s Emma Partridge. Trubridge continues to hold…

Revival Vest a Finalist

Revival Vest a Finalist

The James Dyson Award has nominated 22-year-old Victoria University graduate James McNab as one of 15 finalists in its 2012 design competition. After the death of McNab’s friend Jacob Beck-Jaffurs, who suffered a shallow…

Vertigo Top Yacht

Vertigo Top Yacht

New Zealand has won awards at the latest International Superyacht Society (ISS) Design Awards, held in Fort Lauderdale in Florida. The winner in the category ‘Sailing yacht 40m +’ was won by the ketch,…

Full Paddle Ahead for Medal

Full Paddle Ahead for Medal

Full paddle ahead for medalNew Zealander Lisa Carrington, 23, stormed to victory in the inaugural K1 200 on Dorney Lake at the London Olympics to give her country its first women’s Olympic gold medal…

Serene Sailing Wins Gold

Serene Sailing Wins Gold

New Zealand sailors Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie fulfilled a pledge to go one better than the men by winning gold in sailing’s 470 class at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Aleh and Powrie…

Golden Attitude Prevails

Golden Attitude Prevails

New Zealand’s rowing heroes Dunedin-born Hamish Bond, 26, and Hastings-born Eric Murray, 30, maintained their three-year unbeaten run by winning gold in the men’s pair at the Olympic rowing regatta. Bond and Murray, one…

Medals in Boats and on Horses

Medals in Boats and on Horses

New Zealanders Nathan Cohen and Joseph Sullivan have won an Olympic gold medal in the London 2012 men’s double rowing. Double sculls pair Cohen and Sullivan had the eyes of the nation on them…

Watch Out on Dorney Lake

Watch Out on Dorney Lake

New Zealand rowing pair Hamish Bond and Eric Murray are not fully satisfied heading into the London Olympics. Murray says they’ve produced some fast races “but I don’t think we have showed how fast…

Surfing Strength Studied

Surfing Strength Studied

A new study led by Oliver Farley from Auckland University of Technology (AUT) and published in the August issue of The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research looks at professional surfers to analyze the…

Golden Oars Row the Isar

Golden Oars Row the Isar

New Zealand has taken third place at the World Rowing Cup in Munich, after winning three golds and six medals. Lightweight women’s double scullers Southland’s Louise Ayling and Rotorua’s Julia Edward took gold finishing…

On From London to Rio

On From London to Rio

Despite pushing his body to breaking point for years five-times world rowing champion Mahe Drysdale cannot resist the lure of an Olympic gold medal. While Drysdale looks forward to the day he can eschew…

White Water Wins

White Water Wins

New Zealand 2012 Olympic slalom kayaking team member Mike Dawson has taken first place in the Bud Light Lime Steep Creek Championships at this year’s Teva Mountain Games in Red Cliff, Colorado. Dawson, from…

Seattle Rowing Appointment

Seattle Rowing Appointment

New Zealand rowing coach Richard Parr, 49, has been hired by the Vashon Island Rowing Club (VIRC) in Seattle. He comes to Vashon from the University of Otago, where he spent the past 15…

Victorious on Charles River

Victorious on Charles River

New Zealand rower Mahe Drysdale, 33, had a “convincing victory” in the men’s championship singles on the first day of the Head of the Charles Regatta 47th annual running, taking his second first place…

With Familial Encouragement

With Familial Encouragement

New Zealand rower Emma Twigg’s introduction to her sport wasn’t quite love at first sight. Twigg, 24, who took second place at the recent Championship Women’s Singles event of the 47th annual Head of…

Sick Paddling Earns Gold

Sick Paddling Earns Gold

Rotorua paddler Sam Sutton, 23, is still the fastest extreme kayaker in the world, defending his title with a new course record of 55.84 seconds at the Adidas Sickline Extreme Kayak World…

Sailing World Champion

Sailing World Champion

Tauranga sailor Sam Meech has won the Laser Standard Youth World Championships in La Rochelle, France. Of 12 races sailed in the world championship, Meech won eight and finished second in another three. In…

Sailor Makes Sporting Rich List

Sailor Makes Sporting Rich List

CEO of Oracle Racing Russell Coutts is New Zealand’s highest paid athlete and the only sailor to make the ESPN sporting rich list of athletes from 182 countries. Wellington-born Coutts has won the America’s…

Diving Without Boundaries

Diving Without Boundaries

“Shouts of ‘Breathe! Breathe! Breathe!’ pierced the tropical air and echoed off the limestone precipice around Dean’s Blue Hole, a vertical cavern plunging 66 feet, a cobalt blue pool of seawater surrounded by crystal-clear…

Toppling The Big Gun

Toppling The Big Gun

Raglan’s Billy ‘The Kid’ Stairmand knocked out American 1-times world champion surfer Kelly Slater from the Telstra Drug Aware Pro at Surfers Point in Western Australia inflicting the shock upset on the superstar after…

Everest of Fishing

Everest of Fishing

“New Zealand’s South Island is a trout hunter’s dream,” Cathy and Barry Beck write for the magazine Fly Rod and Reel magazine. “In this land of big fish and gin-clear water, guides tell you…

Windswept Win

Windswept Win

Mount Maunganui surfer Matt Lewis-Hewitt, 19, has won the Championship Moves Pro Junior in Victoria, becoming the first New Zealand male to win an Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) event in Australia since Maz…

By Hook or by Jetski

By Hook or by Jetski

New Zealander Jeremy Burfoot has begun a 32,000km journey on a jetski, setting off from London’s River Thames on August 1 and aiming to be in Auckland by November. Burfoot, an airline pilot, is…

Kayaking with Seals

Kayaking with Seals

Tauranga winemaker Tim Taylor, 24, has kayaked almost 1km on his attempt to be the first person to complete a solo circumnavigation of New Zealand. Taylor has been travelling for 25 days, paddling for…

Sinkhole Record

Sinkhole Record

New Zealander William Trubridge, 3, has set yet another world freediving record descending 1m on a single breath into Dean’s Blue Hole on Long Island in the Bahamas beating his previous 95m world record….

Swell Protection

Swell Protection

Nineteen New Zealand top surf breaks will now be officially protected from inappropriate use and development under the revised New Zealand Coastal Policy Statement which came into effect in early December. New Zealand is…

Karapiro Medals

Karapiro Medals

New Zealanders Eric Murray and Hamish Bond won gold with a narrow win over their rivals at this year’s Rowing World Championships on Lake Karapiro. The coxless pair edged ahead with less than 4m…

On the Astral Express

On the Astral Express

Sailing legend Aucklander Graeme Kendall, 63, has completed a 51,856km solo round-the-world voyage, including the first ever non-stop solo passage through the Arctic Northwest Passage, sailing the 37km over 12 days on the purpose-built…

Peak to Break

Peak to Break

Four of New Zealand’s top ski and surf personalities have completed a first, travelling the length of the country in five days, skiing a different summit and surfing a different break every day. Coming…

Oklahoma Appointment

Oklahoma Appointment

Emma Gresson, originally from Hamilton, has joined The University of Oklahoma rowing staff as an assistant coach. Gresson previously worked with the Orlando, Florida Area Rowing Society (OARS), assisting with the junior girls’ programme…

Medals and a Record

Medals and a Record

Seventeen-year-old swimmer Sophie Pascoe has won four medals at the 21 IPC Swimming World Championships in Eindhoven, Netherlands, with her first gold in the women’s 1m butterfly and in world record time. She knocked…

Relentless Finish

Relentless Finish

Gisborne surfer Jay Quinn, 27, has taken second place at the ASP Relentless Boardmasters competition in Newquay, England. Quinn said of his placing: “I’m happy because it’s a career best result for myself…

Double Trouble

Double Trouble

Caroline and Georgina Evers-Swindell continued their formidable lead-up to Athens with a double-sculls gold medal at the World Cup rowing regatta in Munich. The twins beat English pair Sarah Winckless and Elise Laverick by a massive 4.75…

Formidable Kicks

Formidable Kicks

Two surfing legends are taking on New Zealand’s most rugged waves off the coast of Fiordland for an episode of the Discovery Channel series Storm Surfers. The Storm Surfers’ — Australians Tom Carroll and…

Spinnakered Win

Spinnakered Win

Emirates Team New Zealand has won its third consecutive Louis Vuitton Trophy in La Maddalenna, Sardinia, in Italy, beating the Russian syndicate Synergy 3—2. The day began with the Russians holding a 1

Steep Creek Cracker

Steep Creek Cracker

New Zealand kayaker Sam Sutton, 21, has won the men’s division of the inaugural steep creek event at the 21 Teva Mountain Games in Red Cliff, Denver, while fellow New Zealander Nikki Kelly placed…

Masons Make Waves

Masons Make Waves

New Zealand-born surfing sisters Sarah and Airini Mason have finishing first and second respectively at the Billabong Pro Junior in Raglan in May. The Cabarita-based siblings who have grown up surfing the point breaks…

Future Campaigner

Future Campaigner

Aucklander Adam Minoprio, 25, who together with his ETNZ/BlackMatch crew won the ISAF Match Racing World Championships in Kuala Terengganu last year, is profiled in Malaysia’s Sun Daily. Growing up in a farm in rural…

Call Him Breathless

Call Him Breathless

New Zealand freediver William Trubridge, 29, has set the world record for the longest dive without using fins by plunging 116m into world’s deepest underwater sinkhole, in the Bahamas. Trubridge battled nitrogen narcosis as…

She’s a Sensation

She’s a Sensation

Fifteen-year-old wildcard Sarah Mason surprised the crowd at New Plymouth’s Fitzroy Beach beating current surfing world champion Stephanie Gilmour in the third round of the TSB Bank Classic. Mason handled the 1–1.5m waves more…

Quincey Does it Solo

Quincey Does it Solo

Tasman rower Shaun Quincey, 24, has become the second person to successfully paddle across the stretch of water since his father did the same, though in the opposite direction, in 1977. Hundreds of family…

In Father’s Strokes

In Father’s Strokes

New Zealand adventurer Shaun Quincey, 25, hopes to follow his father Colin Quincey into the history books by becoming the second person to row solo the 2200km from Australia to New Zealand. His father…

For the Pros

For the Pros

The New Zealand company behind Europe’s first artificial surf reef at Boscombe in Bournemouth, ASR Limited, has said the reef, now opened to the public, would provide a “substantial benefit” to the beachside community in terms…