Bizza 4 Eva
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by craig levers
2h ago
This is a hard one to write. I don't want to inject myself into the narrative and this unintentionally be about MY loss, but yes I have lost my little browser, a grom I've been surfing, shooting, laughing, scheming, publishing and hanging with for the last decade. Bill 'Bizza' Byers, the absolute Prince of Piha and leader of the Feral Muppets. The loss of Bill, July 4th, has sent a tsunami of grief through Piha, the wider west ['cos one thing is for sure Bill was a westie] and the NZ Surf Community.  For the last fortnight Piha has been consumed with the most incredible out-pouring o ..read more
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The Swell That Kept On
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by craig levers
2w ago
Certainly not terrible  After the non-surfing USA trip, the idea of a quick Eastside strike was/is a no-brainer right! The froth levels were at full capacity, and as we all know, that's a dodgey place to be. It inevitably results in disappointment from over frothed expectations.  [That's a sentence only a surfer could grasp] And last week was that. The east swell peaked on Monday night, some lucky souls scored prime river-bar conditions.  Tuesday dawn... not so much.  Good, like actually really fun, but just not the hype Former WSL surfers Ace Buchan and Micro Hall were i ..read more
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Viva Las Vegas
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by craig levers
3w ago
Been a minute huh? I've been busy holidaying and haemorrhaging fun dockets. We went to Vegas BABY! And I have to say, as a first timer to Sin City, I fricken loved it. Maybe not loved enough to bother going back, but I reckon it's a bucket list thing, a been there, done that, don't need to go again. It wasn't a photo mission. The gorgeous Ange's godson was tying the knot in Oregon, so on the way to the wedding we took the detour. I had an agenda, to make the pilgrimage to the newly opened Punk Rock Museum in Vegas, three storeys of well curated curios dating back past 1977. It was amazing; t ..read more
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Bacterial Bar
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by craig levers
2M ago
My Instagram game sucks. I swing between hating the platform, to be being enthralled by the connectivity. I see mates and photographers I admire rule the joint. I wanna have game, but also can't be bothered, but also know it is good for my type of industry. I'm a Gen X'er for sure. Last week I had a post go bacterial [I don't have enough followers to go viral ]. But it did go well. Metrics, engagement, all that good stuff. The cynical [ie us Gen X'ers] would assume it was a ploy to get engagement. While there was an awareness some would think that, it wasn't the case. I felt like I had a cou ..read more
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Kiwi Olympians In Teahupo'o
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by craig levers
2M ago
phewww, nothing short of spectacularly idyllic aye I went to Teahupo'o, Tahiti last month. It cost a lot of money, there was no way on paper it would EVER make financial sense to go. But when do you ever get the chance to hang out with two Olympians [as it turned out, three]. To document them honing their skills at one of the heaviest and most beautiful waves in the world. Just...wow I don't want to come across as a noter or name dropper. [That horse has already bolted aye.] I'm not sure if the invitation was extended or I bulldozed my way in. Over-powering anything else with enthusiasm to b ..read more
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Whale Tails and Tirades
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by craig levers
3M ago
Manu Roberts on dawn patrol by tail v2.0 The surf was super fun last night at Piha, I surfed, didn't shoot. El Nino is not kind to Piha surfers, persistent onshores and just that little bit too big and junky for anything other than a high tide despo' . The evening's chats in the water were thematic about a good surf 2 weeks ago, then only one more ok one the fortnight prior. That it's been the worst summer ever for waves at Piha. It wasn't, but it sure sits in that bracket. Good surf last night, hyped for the dawnie then right? Yep. 7am revealed the usual, the promised offshore was over-ridde ..read more
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Off The Press
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by craig levers
4M ago
Piha Layers in all it's golden glory So many hats worn over the last week, I got to be a surf-photographer [see last week's post about the Aotearoa School Surf Fest HERE] surfed [badly], shot a beautiful Piha home for THE local architect, wrangled print commissions and even started the End of Year Tax reccy, shit, so grown up.  This guy. Rolling off the Epson on canvas at 2400mm long x 800mm high. Going to need a bigger cutter! This one is for an Albany client with deep westie roots. Of course this fella is no stranger to going big... Arguably the most prestigious install, i ..read more
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No Tag
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by craig levers
4M ago
This week, Maori Bay Boardriders hosted the inaugural New Zealand School Surfing Festival. It's a great concept, and the first one held Tuesday and Wednesday was a huge success. Briefly, SNZ reached out to the High Schools of Aotearoa last year and invited them to enter teams into the event, under 18 boys and girls. The format for the two days is Tag Team. Tag Team has been around since the 80's [maybe longer] and it's a really effective way to move surfing events away from the individualism of competition. The team of five surfers have to work together in the 50 minute heat to win, waves are ..read more
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Sub Pacific
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by craig levers
4M ago
Yess! The latest issue of Submachine Magazine  ..and there's a 8 page feature of PhotoCPL images in it!  Love the extra leg in this shot!  The future is bright The Champs! Pia and Maya And deeennn, virtually on Pacific Longboarder; a nice wrap up of the 10th Annual Loggerheads  Sadly there is no surf magazine in New Zealand anymore. We have a rich history of surf publications dating back to the 1960's. At the height of print we had two bi-monthly glossy titles, New Zealand Surfing Magazine and Kiwi Surf Magazine both successfully vying for readership and lucrative ad ..read more
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East, and the swell that kept coming
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by craig levers
5M ago
I remember talking to Pete Morse [RIP] about swells off the back of a High Pressure System. I never got it, still don't, but accepted it was a thing. For fourteen glorious days the east coast's glorious swell run. The best possible version of ground hog days, 2-3 foot glassy walls every dawny, the sea breeze signalling time for second breakfast. Repeat. 20 years a part! Both are available for print, just click on the image to check out the options.  There was work done too, the best sort. You can check out the Billabong/Oceanbridge Whangamata Grom Comp photos on Facebook HERE And then ..read more
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