The Exitsurf Story

The Exit pedigree in hardcore surfing is blue ribbon all the way, with its beginnings in 1979 at the world famous surf break Raglan, manufacturing surfboards under the Exit Stix and Country Lines labels. A move to Christchurch in 1988 gave rise to one of the most advanced surfboard factories in New Zealand. Some of the best shapers in the country including Ian Thompson, Michael (Mickey T) Thompson, Roger Hall, Glen Carkeek, Jim Carney, Rod Rust, Stu Darcy and others mowed acres of foam to fulfill the ever growing demand for quality surfboards. Under the guidance of Keiry Bennett and son Tristan, ExitSurf was always striving to do things better, and with the help of our ever growing circle of international friends in the industry, we began manufacturing under license for other brands.

Tristan spent time in the USA at the tender age of 17 honing his skills living with and learning the necessary techniques with guru Gary Linden who in turn was taught by master shaper Dick Brewer. By 1992 we were manufacturing Linden surfboards for New Zealand and Australia. The cost locally of raw materials and the quest for a better way lead us to source polyurethane blanks directly from Australia. This move sowed the seed for the biggest leap in New Zealand's Surfboard manufacturing history.

1993 saw ExitSurf importing our own blanks, resin, cloth and other exotic materials never before seen in the industry. Frank King of Southshore Foam passed on our details to Stu Darcy who at the time was shaping Pottz surfboards for Martin Potter and looking for someone to manufacture boards of the highest quality for the NZ market. Soon after the Exit factory was churning out Pottz surfboards most of which were from the first imported machine shaped pre-shapes. With longboarding becoming more popular Bear was also added to the stable under license to Bill Hamilton. Stu Darcy formed Vudu surfboards and Exit had another brand.

The wholesale side of the business was starting to grow through the ever increasing industry friends and contacts. Before long a new company was formed, Exit Surf Products distributing Gotcha, Mcd and various accessories. Through the Vudu label we started importing soft top and wood veneer surfboards from a then little known factory in Thailand. Through this association with the Cobra International manufacturing giant, Exit now imports and sells boards for Surftech New Zealand wide. Included are such great brands as McTavish, Takayama, Robert August, Al Merrick, Phil Byrne, Mark Richards, Wayne Lynch, Greg Webber, Aloha, Randy French, Laird Hamilton to name a few.

Now Exit Surf Products is the biggest surf hardware distributor in New Zealand with Bubble Gum Surf Wax, Ocean & Earth , Surftech, The Surfboard Agency, Torq Surfboards, Xcel Wetsuits.

Retail is still run out of the original Christchurch store and stocks all the latest surf hardware. Our knowledgeable staff, dedicated to customer service, will help you find the products that you are looking for. Exitsurf also boasts one of the largest selections of surfboards in New Zealand.

Our online surf store is one of the few online shops managed by a small team of professionals in the surfing industry who not only work in a real surf shop, but also actually surf! We pride ourselves on providing you with the best advice and services whether you are in our store or behind your computer screen.


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EXIT SURF Christchurch

Exit Surf has everything you need to surf or stand up paddle, and by that we mean “EVERYTHING”. Legropes, wax, tail pads, board bags, shortboards, longboards, stand up paddle boards, wetsuits, booties, gloves, hoods, boardshorts, t-shirts, tie-downs, softracks, repair kits, hats, caps, sunglasses, watches, rashvests, paddles, fins – the list goes on!

We pride ourselves in having the largest range of surfboards, stand up paddle boards, and accessories in New Zealand. While we have a large amount of product on our website we invite you to come down to our store at 1020 Ferry Rd which stocks even more product than we have online. As keen surfers and stand up paddlers we realise the importance of getting you the correct product for your needs. Whether you are a complete beginner or think you could give Kelly Slater a run for his money we will have the right equipment for you.

At Exit Surf, we have the best customer service in the industry. If you have any questions whatsoever please don't hesitate to contact us so we can get you sorted out and on your way. We're looking forward to hearing from you!