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 !!


Monday, May 7, 2018

Disorganised Chaos Prevails

The title says it all...... what all surfers despise the most is organisation - which is why it has taken me 14 years to realise what the Nelson Boardriders Club is actually about.... breathe deep and dig in.
(above): Names to be Confirmed - This is what its all about people.

Ok so I guess this is waht happens when you order 60 sausages insead of 200.....
What an AMAZING DAY on Sunday for our Club BBQ get-together,.. at one stage I counted 40 frothing little and big kids in the water along our section of beach frontage ( where we were set-up) and how I dont attribute everyones attendance to our club thing I do think 80percent of the crew there were part of it..... and the word of mouth got around amongst the young crew and it brought out exactly what this club is and is not about.
First and foremost. Enjoying Surfing. Then sharing that enjoyment with new-comers and alongside your more experienced of surfing friends who are telling tall stories and just relishing in all that is soothing about our salty pastime.

Nelson will never be able to hail a super established surf club like the likes of our more consistent of coastal neighbours such as the Christchurch and Buller Crew because basically because we lack consistency of surf. When you couple that with the fact that surfers are generally lacklustre when it comes to organising mostly anything due to the fact that we like to leave ourselves open to last minute spontanaity...... aint that the truth.

So, without further ado heres a couple of outcomes from the weekend.
First up, a massive and huge thank you to our club treasurer/secretary Trudie Pegg who will be standing down from this position come the start of June and completion of the Kaikoura Coldwater Classic.
Basically she has had enough of you disorganised lot and has a bruised forehead from banging her head against the wall repeatedly but more importantly the end of the year will see her daughter Emma leaving school and quite possibly leaving our wee little town and therefore theres not so much of a vested interest for Trudie any longer however she has hinted at a new surf photographer career path.
Massive thank you to you Trudie from myself personally and from everyone involved in the club, as having you on board ( see what I did there) has been an amazing ride ( and again ) and it has been great to see a bit of push and shove where there was need be - and your efforts have been crucial to the club as it stands now.

Where does the club stand now?
After the weekends outcome we have never looked better.
So many newcomers to the beach and good to see some old faces back involved. We look to have a meeting mid JUNE and I rally all parents of new comers to consider taking up a serious position within the club .

Yes but what is the Nelson Boardriders Club?
Most of the time..... nothing.- but some of the time Everything.

NELSONBOARDRIDERS - "Making Average Surfers Look Reasonable since 2005"

Peace out.

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 ...