Saturday, February 10, 2018

Everything Changed Forever.

(above) The Glen Apocalypse now , Photo: Sven Martin  @svenmartinphoto

February 2nd 2018, whether you like it or not... was the day...
 That was always going to happen.
A combination of storm surge and extra high tide and a large swell was the trifecta that straight flushed the pokie machine of weather however there was one missing element. However dramatic the day was with homes flooded across Tasman Bay and the greater west coast of the south island Nelson copped a beating but somehow we managed to escape the day with very little rain.
Had we have had 100mm of rain on top of the trifecta mentioned above the outcome would have been catastrophic.

The Boulder Bank was breached in at least 10 places by set waves and the high tide "brow" of the bank was combed over into the paddocks, sea and in Glenduans case, the houses behind. 
The whole angle of the Boulder Bank was changed. The inside of the hook in the cut has dropped so much that the inside cut surf break and outside cut may become its own little island within a couple of years. Harbourmaster Dave Duncan has sighted and says this is not a maybe..... but a given.

So, before we jump on the climate change bandwagon, lets be honest. 
Nelson hasnt had a  'good' cyclone season since 2004 and the highly ironic thing is we now have a new storm, Cyclone Gita,  threatning to do exactly the same damage, however a smaller tide this looks like a strong large groundswell but this time what we lack in rain shall be made up for with...... (drum roll please ) ......... Rainfall.

(above): Rabbit Island at High Tide looking more like an obstacle course than a beach .

Unfortunately, as a low lying town we have been playing a game of russian roulette with Swell/Tide Combos for a good decade, but with a damaged boulder bank and another approaching storm the reality is that now.... there might be 3 bullets in the chamber instead of one.

Nothing like a nature driven reality check. - Take care out there are and lets surf the shit out of this next swell.


Saturday, February 3, 2018


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Thursday, January 25, 2018

The Thrill of The Chase

So what is more exciting than surf in Nelson some might ask??
It is without a doubt the anticipation which preceeds it. Whether you stare at a Swellmap graph or delve deeper into the Madden-Julian Oscillation one thing is for sure, us surf-city frothers love nothing more than the thrill of the chase. Most of you already know where I got the inspiration for this little spill from and if you dont already know then maybe its time to pan your eyes to the horizon... Could it be that once the swell arrives it is almost anti-climatic and our eyes once again look to the crystal ball for future predictions?... Whatever or however you deal with it the anticipation and anxiety induced by an approaching swell is quite possibly the curse of the Nelson surfer.
This is why the out-of-towner will look at you puzzled when you say the word 'Groundswell',,,,

The NIWA experts late spring predicted a long hot summer due to el-nino but those same experts are
now saying past-tense that we will be in for a wet warm summer due to La-Nina

Anyhow, back to school and work we go , where the next sytem stops.... do you know .....

Friday, January 12, 2018

Weve been doing it all wrong !!

Ok so what better way to start the year than some mind bending ultimate truths.
Last Friday evening saw a great ...but short lived groundswell enter Tasman Bay, and whilst people complained about large numbers in the water at Snappers others surfed alone at other locations with the most mind numbing of all being Marco Edwards surfing Stephens Bay in Kaiteri whilst Phil Stanton hit up Patons Rock in Golden Bay pictured below.
(above): Patons Rock, Photo: Rob Davies.

Thers is an abundance of swell on the way however only the gurus will pick the eyes out of the prevailing onshore winds so good luck out there and welcome the rain like a long lost friend !!
See you in the soup.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Welcome to 2018

Welcome to 2018.
Knock knock knocking on your door. It's the suede-denim secret police.
they have come for your uncool niece. You'll go quietly to boot camp, they'll shoot you dead make you a man. Dont you worry its only a shower, For your clothes here's a pretty flower.

Froth-Dog's Predictions: