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 !!

Mahalo.

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.

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 friends alike 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...... and 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 so much anymore.
Massive thank you to you Trudie from myslef personally and 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 july 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.


Monday, April 23, 2018

Return Kaikoura: Jaded and Disillusioned or Mere Grumpy Old Man?

Two years and Two Months, thats a long time not to visit a place.

Reknowned for its surfing, scenery and seafood and its only 3 hours away, the logistical shackles had finally been uncuffed and it was time to head back to the surf mecca. Taking the family and staying in luxury at the  Kiwi Surf Experience pad between Mangamanu and Meatworks with stunning views of the ranges we were indeed in paradise.

 That was until I hit the water and realised that my beloved pastime and release had somehow become every one elses pastime and release also. Yes it was smack bang in the middle of school holidays and yes it was the tail end of the holiday season but holy crap was it crowded!!!
Arriving in kaikoura I was kept in good company with the likes of Alan TeMoananui and Levi Oconnor and of course the Lyons boys however this crew headed south to the Cantbury Champs and I was left in the surf state of Kaikoura alone, cold and isolated with nobody to surf with,,,,,,,,,, except half the rest of the world !!!! South American, North American , German , Dutch you name it , left right centre everywhere I looked was a man bun a goatee a pretty girl with really white teeth and all zipping and zig zagging across waves on mals and mini-mals and all sorts each calling one and another off of waves in all different languages only to trip and fall 3 seconds later and there I was amongst it all .... the hypocritical Aussie expat feeling intimidated and funnily enough, foreign !!!!
 I did manage to catchup with old mate Nash Robertson on the saturday arvo at meaties but we both only lasted 10 or 20minutes in the water because of the ridiculous crowd.
Sure there was the usual Christchurch invaders but they were mostly tolerable.

So where am I going with this?...... A few things come to mind.
Do not worry about tourists returning to Kaikoura, believe me they are already back there!
Dont get me started on freedom camping, I have a new found hate,
The waves... yes there were waves, but its kind of boring surfing alone amongst 20 others.

I went to Kaikoura to have a mid life crisis but unfortunately everyone else was there having one too.

I did however have a great time with my family and friends and can honestly say that Kaikoura is well and truly on the road to recovery and if you havent been back since the quake it sure definately is about time,

Peace, Love and Harmony



Thursday, March 29, 2018

Wake Up, Grab a brush and put a little Makeup.

Whoa Snap Out of It Nelson !!...... Whats been happening lately you say..??
Well infact not a freaking lot on the home turf to be honest.... but on the extremeties there has been some busy beavers !!
(above): Wake Up Mini !!
. First up Raul Ventura has been chasing the grom circuit around the south island and now with only one final event left in the Grom Series next weekend Raul currently is situated 4th in the ratings out of 20 for the under 18 groms out of the whole south island. The effort is fully commendable and shows what putting your head down and commiting both in and out of the water you really can achieve results.
Make sure you give the baby bru a slap on the back next time you see him.

Now secondly, our beloved yet departed Ben Windmill is back down South but flying the flag for Nelson Boardriders at the Colac bay classic last weekend and again this weekend at the South Island Champs. Good luck to guy and thanks for keeping your NBR rep,

Locally, a few boys are off to Indonesia in a few days including Olin Pilcher, Barry Fitzgerald and Keni Duke and despite the boys scoffing about it we all know what will happen when they leave...... Nelson will pump !!! and why would that even bother them you might ask? dont you worry I have the data counts on how many hits the Nelsonboardriders site gets grom Indonesia and abroad and the results are astounding. Jokes aside, wishing the boys some hell times and great waves.

OKay so locally, the waves have been less than average since Cyclone Gita failed to deliver any substanial goods with a couple of odd1-2ft windswells and another puffy one predicted for easter saturday  which brings me to my next topic...... Nelson Boardriders Pre Winter Club Day.

Basically the next weekend swell that falls between now and the end of April hoping that one does we will march full steam ahead and have a club/comp day at either Rabbit Island or Snappers condition and tide dependant ,,,  also a NBR AGM is also at Code Red Point and possibly looking at the second weekend into april for someone to host one somewhere round 15th 16th.

Aaaah Yibbidy Yibbida,  Thats all for now folks !!


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...