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Billy Stairmand was once "an unheralded surfer from New Zealand" who took out 11-time world champ Kelly Slater at a surf contest. These days, Stairmand is one of the top New Zealand talents on the World Qualifying Series, accruing ever-important points and moving his way up the rankings. With a couple more decent results, that unheralded surfer can very likely land a spot on the World Tour, where he'll surely be known once and for all. 

A talented aerialist and an undervalued power surfer, Stairmand has managed to put his smallish frame to full use. He's the life of every lineup and regularly turning the head of anyone in the area. Haling from Raglan, Stairmand groomed his full repertoire surfing the points and beachies the country is renowned for.


  • 3x New Zealand National Champ
  • 2014: =3rd, Quiksilver Saquarema Prime – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Prime)
  • 2012: 3rd, Australian Open of Surfing (6*)
  • 2011: 5th, Fantastic Noodles Kangaroo Island Pro (6*)
  • 2010: 1st, Ferrolterra Movistar Pantin Classic (6*)


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Pro Surf Contest in a Wave Pool - Red Bull Unleashed

» More Surfing? No problem: At north Wales's Surf Snowdonia, the world's first Wavegarden, Red Bull delivered a whole new format for competitive surfing: 30 minute heats, best of 5 waves, and one of the most consistent breaks on a planet (well, duh, it's a wave pool). After four rounds of knockout, Hawaii's Albee Layer defeated New Zealand's Billy Stairmand 3–1, and was crowned the kind of the lagoon. Click play and check out some of the best action from the wave pool! » Subscribe to Red Bull: _ Experience the world of Red Bull like you have never seen it before. With the best action sports clips on the web and original series, prepare for your "stoke factor" to be at an all time high. Watch Red Bull TV: See into our world: Red Bull on Facebook: Red Bull on Twitter: Subscribe to Red Bull on Youtube: Subscribe to the Red Bulletin: Sign up for our Newsletter here:

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Red Bull Unleashed 2015 UK – Snowdonia – Action Clip

More than 2,000 spectators turned out on Saturday 19th September to see the world’s first ever stadium-style surfing event, Red Bull Unleashed.  It was a surprisingly scorching afternoon in North Wales as the final eight riders went head-to-head at Surf Snowdonia’s artificial wave pool. In the end it was crowd favourite Albee Layer (HAW) who became the first ever Red Bull Unleashed champion, after a string of spectacular displays carried him to victory over the plucky Billy Stairmand (NZL). The competition was able to bring the crowd closer to the action than has ever been seen before, paving the way for a new era in competitive surfing. The athletes and spectators revelled in the unique man-on-man duel concept, which saw pairs of surfers go head to head, wave for wave, in a best of five format. © Red Bull Media House ****************************************­************ ► Abonnieren/subscribe: ► Facebook: ****************************************­************

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