Saturday, September 29, 2018

Well its been a long time now its time to get your bubble burst.

Well now wait a minute..... What the hell does that title even mean??
What now?, let me tell you what now.
It all begins with complacency.
(above): Graham Clark during the session known as Nicaragua 
Getting lazy in surf city can mean missed oppurtunity and your surfing 'career' can fly right by without you even noticing then next minute you're riding a mountbike or a SUP claiming a higher special relationship with nature. That my friends is the easy way out .
You want to be a surfer in Nelson you have to keep that froth going day in, day out.
Stare at the forecast charts 7 - 10 - 15 days out even, and never ever lose sight of the next approaching swell, ignore surf forecasting sites with convenient bar graphs and worm and use old man of the sea weather map nouse and coincide with coastal marine weather forecasts.
" I dont have a surfing career" I hear you say... ok then Donavan Frankenreiter perhaps 'career' was a poor choice of word but the point is the same.
It is Nelson we live in, dont take your finger off the trigger cos that target in sight may be gone the next time you look.

The water is warming up. What is your excuse..... see you out there.

:note- this article is written for tounge in cheek purpose and by no means should you forfeit any activity you enjoy the same as you enjoy surfing.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Surf City Window Chasers

This week's consistent swell forecast would add weight to the fact that Nelson does infact have a "swell season" and we would largely say mid winter to mid spring whereby system after system of consistent Northwest to Southwest flow comes through the days get longer and the nightime temps not so frosty. A vast array of waves last week including empty Cable Bay and extra large Schnappers made it so that most of us got wet.
So the above forecast looks great on paper, but it will be a case of Johnny on the Spot.
Northwest/Southwest flows are fickle beasts and what might be ugly one hour may be pumping the next. Its all about picking the right window. Im hoping you all get something to smile about !!

So before I gloat and post pictures of my solo session at Cable Bay please be aware that September 5th there is a great surf movie club fundraiser going down at NMIT theatre with award winning feature film "The Way" coming thru town...... tickets are 15 bux and preface drinks and nibbles provided. MORE BIG INFO COMING SOON  !!!

Take it away Cable Bay.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

The Truth About Your Local :

Introducing Schnapper Point, Nelson. The most crowded wave in Nelson and how often surfing here ends in frustration, sometimes joy but most of the times,
,,,,, a mixture of both.
Lets take a sit down and have a talk about exactly why.......

Schnappers - as a good friend once put to me - is like the local pub, the local hang, the local skatepark.
Its the place we go to immediately due to the fact that it... lets face it, is ridiculously convenient.
Its an easy paddle out the back, breaks both left and right and it also receives, well, attracts the most rideable swell in Nelson. The only place that perhaps gets more is the blind channel or "brokeback bar" but lets just leave that stuff up to the sup guys and girls as its realistically not surfable on a conventional surfboard.Aaah yes Schnappers or Snappers, however you want to spell it can be a ridiculously good wave on a really good swell and generally its a pretty user friendly kind of break with easy entry from each side and it is also closest break to town depending on where you live.
It can also be a ridiculously crap wave in weak wind swell.

The point of this spill is the fact that time and time again I hear people complaining about altercation and or interactions in the surf regarding dropping in , snaking, wave hogging, angry grumpy surfers and all of the above. Sure, I have even heard people talk about intimate relationships with the wave but lets face it, in short we go there ,,,,, because it is easy .

I guess the point im trying to make is that if you go there to surf, It most likely will be crowded. It is a shifting peak so there will technically always be someone who has "snaked" you. There may be frustrated heated exchanges even... just like the local bar haha,  but you may also... if you have the right attitude, end up having some good yarns and leave with a smile on your dial rather than venomous spite. I see and hear so many "beaten wife syndrome" stories where people complain about surfing at snappers then return there very next surf. If you dont like it, dont surf there. Take Nathan Torvic for example,,, he lives at Cable Bay and has lived in elson for a good 6 years and has never surfed Snappers.... he just surfs Delaware and Cables,,,, likewise for a couple of Glenduan residents I know who just surf the Glen and those random Rabbit Island locals that only seem to be at Rabbit Island.

Another absolute gem is when I myself and the whole Nelson Boardriders club get blamed for the surf being crowded at Snappers.... an amazing feat if it were true but it leaves me in tears, of laughter.

"But I dont have time to go anywhere else", another classic line.  Its a 5-10 minute drive and sometimes 10minute walk to the nearest and most likely better class waves. Leave home earlier or talk less shit in the carpark,

Anyways, dont be a sook, if you go to Snappers it will be crowded and you will most likely get snaked or burned, unless it gets over 4foot then we start to find out the who and the what is really going on. To the beginner, it really isnt the best place to learn to surf, try Rabbit Island, Delaware Beach or Tahunanui, the secret to learning and improving your surfing is catching heaps and heaps of waves and if you turn up to Snappers and there is 15 cars in the carpark, 23 surfers in the water and 2 set waves every ten minutes then its pretty obvious its going to be hard to get a wave whether your a beginner or an elitist.

Change your Attitude and Broaden your Horizons.

Most of all, Have Fun !!!


 When people turn up and check snappers from the end of the carpark drive with their hands on their hips or heads for 10 or more minutes and look up and down the boulder bank like they have a special affinity with mother nature............. FFS,,,, just get out there !! Beggars Cant be Chosers !!!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Swell Season On !!!

(above) TuaraWhati in all its Glory.

Just like that. The flick of a switch. Four days in a row of waves and at least 2 more systems on the way in the forseeable future, just as the last post predicted. You just never know your luck in Surf City Nelson.!!

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Less than Average.

(above): Its no secret, but it is a myth. over the hill round the way follow the yellow brick road.

Make no mistakes nor excuses Nelson Surflings the last 4 months basically since Cyclone Gita we have had an incredibly poor run. Lacklustre windswells and delapidating systems excite the senses upon approach only to dissipate upon arrival. Stare at the sky and question yourselves "what does it all mean" as we pass the shortest day of the year the truth lies plane to see.... ahem...
 Anyhow that one probably flew straight over the top of most peoples heads.

Ok, so what does it mean?..... It means one thing.  -Things can only get better.

The next sytem approaching may be the one we have been waiting for.... the trend bucker, the mover and shaker.... the pattern destroyer,

However it pans out........ you just never know your luck in Surf City.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Keeping it Simple.

Good afternoon surflings.We hope you are keeping warm on this deceptively not warm kind of day. Sure it is sunny but step into the shade for a moment brother/sister and you will know what I mean.
Above: Best Part of SISA contests is hanging with crew from all over, Nelson, Greymouth , Piha you name it their in there!
Right without further ado a quick spill on the Coldwater Classic , lets just say the Nelson crew did exceptionally well for the first time ever all competitors made their heats on the first day meaning we got to surf the contest the second day. Josh Sheridan raised his own bar and went on a Tear plowing through 3 heats on the first day lifting the rest of the Nelson crews' performance big time and with grommet Raul Ventura being pitted against myself in an early heat their were in-house bets on who would take down who but lets just say in the end common sense prevailed!! Wink wink, nudge nudge, know what I mean.

So with contest finishing up and our club finishing second on the quiz night to make up for our water skills it was an awesomely great and fitting send-off to our club treasurer/sec Trudie Pegg who is handing in her badge and gun as club treasurer.

What this means in the interim is myself, el-president'e is going to call some shots whilst we seek a new and worthy replacement for Trudie.
Basically, club subs are mostly due for most crew but this time we are lucky enough to have a giant box of wax so basically if you pay your subs we will send you 2x blocks of wax as an enticement to pay, all you need to do is pay your subs to this account ANZ nelson Boardriders surf club 010702 0238590 00 .... use name as reference then either facey message your address or email it to nelsonboardriders @ hotmail dot com ...........

Its not rocket science so rather than you guys asking if your subs are due perhaps check your own bank statements via search and if you havent paid in the last 12 months or even 10 months then perhaps just do the conscience thing and pay up , I am not going to police payments as its you guys who are dedicating the dosh but dont be surprised if I pull that "free sausage" out of your mouth next club day !!! 

JJokes Aside.
*We are looking at a club contest mid august til mid september .
*Expressions of interest for club tres/sec welcome.

NELSONBOARDRIDERS - "Making Average Surfers Look Reasonable since 2005"

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Coldwater Classic Team All Geared Up

Thats right! This weekend heralds the Coldwater Classic Surfing Competition in Kaikoura beginning
Friday. Half a dozen crew from Nelson are travelling down including Adan Saroka, Josh Sheridan, Emma Pegg, Raul Ventura, Graham Clark and Me, Myself and I. 
Not to mention camp mother and swan dancing club sec/treas Trudie Pegg.
Shacking up and somewhat teaming up with the Buller Crew it should be an awesome atmosphere.
The forecast doesnt look all out amazing for the event itself but the first day and the Thursday we travel down look particularly tasty !!
If you are at a loose end this weekend we invite you all to come check out the action with some big name surfers from both the North and South Islands competing this looks set to be an action packed event as always.
If you cant join us then give us a prop and a good luck wish as its always great to rep surf city at these events !!


Well its been a long time now its time to get your bubble burst.

Well now wait a minute..... What the hell does that title even mean?? What now?, let me tell you what now. It all begins with complacency....