Friday, February 17, 2017

Cry-Time Part 1: The Awakening

So, the Cape Classic surf event is on at the end of next week and unfortunately 3 or so of our boys cant make it due to Dazz's wedding but thats all good ( and big congrats to you Dazz hope it all goes off !!) . 
The point I wanna get across to people out there is that these events and there is only 4 of them a year are a congregation of  south island surfers meeting in one point and sharing the love of surfing. Its not about being a good surfer and winning.. its all about participating and enjoying sharing the lifestyle that we all embrace, hanging at the beach all day.
If it could be cross referenced it is exactly like a provincial rugby meet or a mountainbike event. Except... its surfing.
Now obviously Im not going to advertise a "free surf trip" to everyone because the catch is that you have to actually enter the event. The earlier the commitment to the event the more easier it is to raise funds and make it much , much easier on the pocket.
Im especially proud for Adan Saroka and Raef Murray both relative newbies to these events but a special pat on the back for putting their unforced hand up and saying "hey I will give this a go".

No.... it is not the only thing the club is about.... but its all part of it.

The forecast is for small clean and sunny west coast and we've even got free meat for the bbq all weekend thanks to James Fairbrass at Meat Solutions its just a shame that so many of you wont be joining us and I chose that word wisely.

Like..... a semi-free 3 day surf trip away (little bit of time off school/work) with awesome people from all over the South Island and likewise amazing surfing and waves. 
....No way man pass me my tin-foil hat

Monday, February 6, 2017

Remove the Hype: Actually Find the Break

Post quake rumours of "new surf breaks" were abundant just after the Kaikoura earthquake(s).
Little did myself and Russell Bruce know that a failed mission to a hard to access surf location just north of Kaikoura would turn into a discovery of something very new and exciting on the way home.
Curiosity is a cat killer and Russ and I had both gone through the bi-polar frothing emotions the day before our trip on whether or not it was actually worth the drive down and in hindsight for our actual intended mission it wasnt.
(above): Original mission failed, the boys head home deflated.
This was just the first rise and fall in our roller coaster of emotion filled day with a block of land for sale and a quick tip-off from a former local from the area we stumbled across a gem just as we were about to leave the eastern shore for our journey home. A decent drive up a pea-metal/shingle river bed and track led us to an amazing sight,  A lone peak breaking in the middle of nowhere with consistency only a solid piece of reef could offer it wasnt long before we were in our wetsuits and paddling out. The massive oversight was that the whole journey up the beach the rather expensive four wheel drive we were travelling in was on the verge of bogging the whole way and during the elation of surfing a new break I couldnt help but keep looking back at the precarious vehicle on the shoreline and thinking to myself "we are....f....d"..

We surfed the wave until we could surf no more, exchanging sets and priority but when the surf was over and it was time to head off our poor new school land rover had other ideas.
First we went back 6 metres and sunk. Then we went forward 6 metres and sunk. Then we revved the motor out of pure desperation and we dropped faster than a russian submarine retrieving Harold Holt. Buried a metre into the shingle with an incoming tide, dead cellphones  and half an hour before sunset we knew we had to make a decision fast.

This involved a 5km run to a nearby farmstead where the farmer named Bruce greeted us on his 4wheeler and angry sheep dogs. He told us he would go get his tractor and humourisly made us run back to the car the way we came rather than give us a cruisy tractor ride. Russ and I did a really great impersonation of Ethiopian marathon runners as we hurdled gorse and thistle and broken down electric fences. We were towed out on sundown showering the farmer with cash and white wine he was stoked and we were stoked and we arrived safely home at 1130 that evening right in time for an earthquake out in cook strait as a gentle reminder of how mortal we all are.

The moral of the story and the rumours are still abundant. There are some interesting new happening over on that coast and the places you least expect may actually be the biggest surprises yet.

It was dead flat in Kaikoura this day and we most likely lucked the whole scene but just remember..

The Search is never over......

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Cape Classic 2017

The Cape Classic Surfing competition is being held at Tauranga Bay in Westport on the 24th and 25th of February and we would ask all those interested in competing to come forth now in order to fundraise for travel and accomadation costings. Feel free to give me a bell or txt 0223246236 and or club secretary Trudie Pegg 035450520...
Thanks Again
(above) Westport's own Matty Adams at a Buller Club Comp Earlier This Year

Flat Spell Update

Hey again folks, Just thought I would give you half a run down on whats not happening in the next 10 days and thats surf in Nelson, A little bit of flicky Northwest-West thru the middle of next week but nothing of real interest until around the 7th of Feb where we finally see some action from the tropics,
What does this mean? Wellm basically weve all been spoiled rotten since New Years so take it on the chin and maybe even consider a trip down the west or east coasts. Now not going so far as to tell anyone where and when the waves are happening this is more just an overview and if you want the nitty-gritty then may I suggest putting your nose deep into those forecast sites and good luck,

Monday, January 23, 2017

Hit the ground Running 2017

I hear a lot of people complaining lately "Where is our Summer?"... Now obviously they are not surf city surf fiends because if you have stuck around Nelson for the last few weekes it has done nothing but reign swell supreme with back to back to even back! Consistent swell on tap since the New Year with someone I know having had 16 surfs already this year not including half a dozen surf lessons thrown in along the way!!!
Apologies for not updating this blog more regularly of late but from now on a more concerted effort to do so.
(above): Only those in the know when its time to Go !! - Photo-Raoule Caroule
Our luck began New Years Day and since then we have had a super consistent run with most of us getting our fair share and with sudden southwest changes the crowd shift has been over the hill more often than not with crowds of 20plus fighting like seagulls over chips as the local bar deals out happy hour,
(above): When it does clean up... So does Brucey on the spot : Photo: Dharan

To cut a long story short its been a cracker of a start to the year and with a few crew heading off to the Duke surfing festival in a few weeks followed by the Cape Classic late February it looks set to get busier another flick through on the cards tommorow so hopefully see you out there amongst it.

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Postcard from The Dog.

Froth-Dog's Predictions:
" Witches and Black Cats, Ladder Carriers Beware - For what is unlucky for some may not be     for others".

Friday, December 9, 2016


Thats right folks, you know its Summer when Baby B and the Boys Come to Play.
Take Care Out There.