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.

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NZ Girls Charging

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Betty Zine Issue 2 pre-order now

  The rad team at Betty zine are taking pre-orders…

Q&A with Artist & Surfer Daria Mikhailova

AWSA catches up with software engineer, illustrator and surfer Daria Milkhailova to discuss all things art, surf and life.

Our Southland Ambassador

Riverton's Marama Pou has had her feet planted firmly on a surf board since she was a child. After more than 30 years of living and breathing the sport, she has been selected to be the Southland ambassador for the Aotearoa Women’s Surfing Association (AWSA).


Kia Ora AWSA friends and whanau! AGM time has rolled around again. Members of AWSA will receive the Zoom link to the meeting via email on Friday 5th June.

Smoothstar Skateboards by Tia Lord

When I heard the news about the COVID-19 lockdown in New Zealand and the reality of not being able to go surfing hit, well all I can say is that there was a definite grieving process happening at my house. I’ve been pregnant twice and suffered a pretty traumatic skating injury which had me out of the water for a couple of years so I knew I could cope, but it still SUCKED!! Cue the triumphant music aaaaannnnnd, my wonderful ‘Johanne Defay’ model Smoothstar skateboard rolled out of the garage to save my surfing sanity.

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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