Billy Stairmand: the New Zealand record of five titles that is held by Auckland surfers Wayne Parkes and Iain Buchanan | Photo: Mark Stevenson

Billy Stairmand has done it again. The surfer from Raglan claimed his third consecutive national title at the 2016 Billabong National Surfing Championships, held at Clair Beach, Dunedin, in New Zealand.

Despite the onshore breeze, the event's finals got underway, and Stairmand rapidly took control of the decisive clash. Billy rode two waves in the excellent range - a 9.13 and a 9.03 - and won his fifth national trophy.

"Starting the year off with a win is always good and to have my name on that trophy with all those amazing surfers like Al Byrne, Wayne Parkes, Iain Buchanan, Maz and Jay Quinn is crazy. I am stoked to win any day, but Nationals is always amazing," explained Stairmand.

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Aaron Gold: the biggest wave ever paddled

The big wave surfing boys have - once again - raised the bar. And Aaron Gold has just ridden the biggest wave ever paddled at Jaws/Peahi, in Maui.

The iconic Hawaiian surf break has been on fire. And with El Niño kicking in, some of the world's best big-wave warriors are scoring big time. January 15th was a special day for Aaron Gold.

The legends were all out there paddling for glory. Shane Dorian, Albee Layer, Danilo Couto, Kai Lenny, Pedro Calado, Francisco Porcella, DK and Ian Walsh, and even Brad Domke in surfboard mode. But destiny had plans for another man.

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Josh Kerr: big wave lover | Photo: Hallman/WSL

Josh Kerr has claimed the 2016 Todos Santos Challenge, held in spectacular 30-to-40-foot surf at Killers, a spot located off the coast of Baja California, Mexico.

The World Championship Tour surfer put his big wave surfing trumps into play, and stormed an elite field of specialists, with two high-scored rides - a 7.87 and an 8.20.

"I have so much respect for the guys on this tour and those that regularly commit themselves to surfing big waves. I have had the biggest smile on my face all day just getting to surf big waves with them. I'm really thankful for the opportunity to surf here today," expressed Kerr.

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