Friday, April 24, 2015

Club Day / Rabbit Island Pro

 Monday @ Rabbit Island First heat 1pm Setup from Midday
Entries Close 7pm TONIGHT: txt/ph 02102472729 or 5456373 

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Photo of The Week

"..and one day, the wind went offshore"...Photo: Barry Kingston

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Club Day - Info updated below.

Monday almost a definite with a 1pm start but setup from midday, Rabbit Island Pro. BOOM, After-Party BBQ in a warm indoor environment post-event. Anzac weekend club comp/ fun day
Note: the weather will highly likely be average but Please let me know if youre interested in coming and playing  Divisions are: Juniors( under 21) OPEN ( all ages)  Girls (all ages) Gremlins ( Under 13) PRO (over 40) and Longboard ( self explan)... if enough interest a SUP division. Thanks p: 5456373 or txt 02102472729   A fun surf competition with multiple divisions including kids !  A family fun orientated day to bring the whole fraternity together in one big mega BBQ/surf club comp. Stay tuned and help needed so don't be shy to put your hand up. Big thanks to those already who have put their hands up !
A $5.00 donation/entry for those wishing to join in fun comp to help cover cost of sausages etc.
Forecast more and more promising everyday!!!

(above): Lets hope for some of this come mid monday arvo!!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Kaikoura Getaway

Just a quick plug for a mates newly aquired holiday home in Kaikoura. Ideal for a family getaway and with winter fast approaching.....what are you waiting for,
The word style barely covers this place which is undoubtedly one of the funkiest places to stay whilst in crayfish county.. Nice work Marcus!!
For more info on this amazing pad please visit

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Quote of The Week

...."mum kooked it and didn't wake me up"... Grommets these days huh!! Finnley Meekma, shame on you !!!

Saturday, March 28, 2015


Hey everyone, cheers for the patience in waiting for some grub from Cyclone Pam,
Working away from town and lack of net access meant my hands have been tied until now but as I type from an Internet Cafe, I will now elaborate on what went down as one of the better swells in Nelson in the last few years.

In what was hyped up to be one of the biggest cyclones in southwest pacific history it was somewhat daunting to see the swell starting to fill in late on the friday 13th evening considering the system was still above Vanautu some 1500-2000km away. The Saturday morning bringing a super fun 2-4ft clean groundswell with the local crew absolutely fizzing and a large number of out of towners packing the snappers lineup to a 25-30 people head count. The hassling was somewhat ugly at times and the drop in's just about outnumbered the solo ridden waves. Later in the afternoon the swell subsided and left quite a few of us perplexed and a little anxious as to where the swell had gone and wondering if that was all we were going to get.
Local shredder Joe Leeper (pictured above), now living in Auckland, had booked a ticket to Nelson 2months earlier and he couldnt believe his luck, making a right cheeky shit of himself in true comical Leeper styles terrorising the lineup with a stone cold demonstration of shit hot surfing and how to have fun at the same time,

Sunday morning was a little more promising with some bigger sets in the morning but the real pulse began Sunday afternoon when some solid lines started filling. Snappers was packed whilst other locales were mysteriously empty although perhaps not the same size.
After much doubt the realisation was that indeed the mega swell we had all waited for was infact a reality.

Monday morning was actually slightly sceptical looking on the higher tide but as the tide began to drop so did the bomb sets. Each set bigger and bigger peaking out late morning and through midday in the 6-8ft range.

    Hindsight is 20/20 vision and although the Vanautu Monster didnt yield the biblical swell we had envisaged, it still was one of the more memorable 3 day groundswells in the last 10 years. Lets keep our fingers crossed it is a good omen as we head into the colder months of the year.

There are a lot of photos on offer from this swell and I have in my hands 6000 photos on disc from Bill Evans from both the sunday and monday. Im more than happy to share with anyone who wants to burn or drag a copy please feel free to contact me to arrange. I may also burn off a few and leave them in Hogeys  AVAILABLE NOW.

Club News: 

Heading into late April we are looking at holding a club day involving a fun competition possibly at Rabbit Island on the high tide to keep it fun.... followed by an evening bbq and slideshow of the combined 8000 photos from Tahunastudios, Bill Evans and other contributors. Always looking for help in organizing so shoot me an email also and lets do this before it gets too cold!!! Be great to pull it off during school holidays too. 

Have a geat week and safe Easter.

Friday, March 27, 2015