The Aotearoa Womens Surfing Association (AWSA) is the recognised governing body for the sport of womens surfing within New Zealand run by volunteers passionate about the sport.
“The overall vision of the AWSA is to represent the interests of women surfers in New Zealand”

The AWSA is managed by a committee selected by the members; here are the main aims the management committee strive to achieve.

• To act as the focal point to manage and administer, in an effective manner, the sport of women’s surfing on a New Zealand-wide basis.
• To act as an advisory body on all matters appertaining to a practice of women’s surfing in New Zealand.
• To liaise and affiliate where appropriate with recognized international women’s surfing bodies.
• To communicate the views of the AWSA members to national and international authorities and to the public as and where required.
• To provide a focal point for members by holding an annual surf festival and other social events when and where agreed.


Aotearoa Women’s Surfing Association tee

The first to our range of merchandise is our AWSA tee. Printed on 100% combed organic cotton. A regular fit with a crew neck. This comfy mid weight tee is nice and light in summer and also works well as a layered piece in winter.

Become a member

Ride the wave with us, support AWSA by becoming a member.
The cost to be a member is an annual koha (donation) of any amount. In 2019 the membership funds helped to pay for and maintain the AWSA website, purchase AWSA branded merchandise and paid for our incorporated society status. Please deposit your membership koha into the AWSA account: 38-9009-0664576-10 with your first initial and last name as reference.


The Huts x Salt Gypsy

Article via Salt Gypsy. Earlier this year we stayed with our good friends, Kelly and Adam, at their beautiful eco accomodation, The Huts, in the heart of Northland, New Zealand (read more about our stay here) while we roadtested and shot our women's surfboard range. A multi-talented designer, super mama of two gorgeous grommy girls, generous friend and powerful surfer, Kelly is the original muse for the OG Salt Gypsy blog way back when and I jumped at the chance to work on a collaboration surfwear range with her.

2019 Maori Surfing Nationals

Overall, this event was community centred and had a strong inclusion of wahine surfers and the importance of having women involved in the event. Zhana Hutchieson took out the winning wave in the final 20 seconds. With seconds to go, Hutchieson paddled down the point and away from leaders Elin Tawharu (Mnt) and Thandi Tipene (Tara) and found a small wave that she managed to complete three nice backhand turns on for a 6.0 point ride and the win and title defence.

Ava Henderson Interview

AWSA board member Daisy Thomas caught up with Ava last week at Scholastics after she took out the U14 division. Q: Travelling with the Canterbury Scholastics team must have been a hoot, what was the most fun you had while up in Raglan for the National Scholastics Event? A: Yeah travelling with the team was super epic, the most fun was when we all went out free surfing and before our heats, listening to music and getting hyped in the van haha Q: Raglan is full of rocky point breaks which is a change from the Canterbury beach breaks, how did you navigate surfing up there?

Carissa Moore Scholarship Winner

We are stoked to announce the winner of the Carissa Moore Scholarship. Congratulations to Natasha Gouldsbury on being selected to travel to Hawaii and train with Carissa Moore! Natasha, the way that you interpreted the brief and put your all into it gave us full confidence that you will make the most out of your time in Hawaii. Your surfing was a standout and we can't wait to see you rip over there in the Hawaiian surf!

Surfing’s quiet young pioneer

In her parents' basement in Orewa, Lou Aitken is riding the quest of a wave, as one of a rare breed of women who create surfboards. Jim Kayes reports. Lou Aitken is a quiet pioneer. A feminist breaking down barriers simply through her actions. She doesn’t have a placard or a bullhorn, isn’t burning bras and hasn’t taken to Twitter to join the #metoo movement. Instead the 23-year-old has quietly smashed two glass ceilings, and is now polishing the sharp edges off the second stage of a career that has seen her go where few women have ventured before.

Paige Hareb requalifies for WSL Championship Tour

New Zealand's Paige Hareb has requalified for the World Surf League's full championship tour in 2019. The Taranaki surfer confirmed her place in the elite division with a standout performance in Australia on Monday. Hareb has had her struggles on the world championship tour (WCT) this year, failing to make it past the second round and being ranked 18th with just one event left in Hawaii later this month.

Wahine Surfing Hui

In October 2018, a group of women gathered in Shipwreck Bay, Ahipara, for a hui presented byHinemoanas Table: Positive evolution of Women’s Surf Culture in Aotearoa. We came with no ideas about what outcomes may arise, but instead a desire to celebrate those who had come before us, reflect on where we are now, and be open to what a positive evolution of womens surf culture in Aotearoa might look like.

WSL announces equal Championship Tour prize money from 2019

For years, women's surfing has been on the rise. With the likes of six-time world champion Stephanie Gilmore leading the way, the women on the World Surf League Championship Tour have been campaigning for equal pay to that of the men. Today, World Surf League granted their wish.

2020 Event Calendar


7-8 Salty Sirens Women’s Surf Festival, Gisborne
13-14, WSL Pro Junior, Piha
15, Piha Pro – NZ Trials
16-22, Piha Pro
28-29, Rip Curl Pro pres by Corona, Raglan

AWSA AGM date to be announced


1-3, Backdoor Manu Bay Pro pres by Oceanbridge, Raglan


5-9, National Scholastic Championships, Kaikoura
24-25, Aoteraroa Maori Surfing Titles, Northland
TBC, Backdoor Pro pres by Billabong, Taranaki

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