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In 1988, Geoff "Hutch" Hutchison purchased a small surf shop down the back of an alleyway in Victoria St, Hamilton. Having just taken a redundancy from NZ Rail, he decided to follow his passion of surfing and purchased the business named after Backdoor Pipe, a famous surf break on Hawaii's North Shore. After selling just one block of wax on his first day he wondered whether he had done the right thing…
Hutch was joined by his brother-in-law, Cameron Cutmore, in 1997 and a second store was opened. The rest is history – now with 18 stores across the North Island plus Nelson and Christchurch, Hutch and Cam are still hard at work along with a team of the originals, making sure that everything you see in store and online is true to our authentic roots.

As New Zealand’s largest authentic surf, skate and streetwear store, Backdoor is committed to finding you the best apparel from our home-grown heroes ilabb and RPM alongside our international favourites Billabong, Volcom, Rip Curl, Rusty, Santa Cruz, Vans and more.
With over 1500 new surfboards from Channel Islands, JS Industries, DHD, FirewireSlater Designs, Sharp Eye (and others) our surf hardware program is the best in the country. If your dream board isn’t in stock, chances are you can custom order it through your local Backdoor store or online. Looking for a wetsuit? Whether it’s the best value for money or the highest performance suit, we have you and your family covered year-round so you can make the most of your time in the water.
With a huge selection of deckscompletes, cruisers and other skate hardware, our skate program is managed by a team who know what they’re doing. Pop into your local store for the best deals and expert advice.

Thanks for shopping with us, and supporting your local!