So I dont even know where to begin this week other than with the title above which is exactly whats been going on over the last week or so!!.............
- The Kaikoura Cold Water Classic went down over the long weekend with about half a dozen or so Nelson crew entering making it by far the biggest entrance from Nelson surfers in any SISA comp to date. Grommets entering included Marco Edwards(cadets), Liam Buttner and Jim Tyson(juniors) , older crew included myself, Jason Hylkema Ben "Shocker" Robertson, Jeremy Pooley (opens) and Stefan Menzies (longboard)... Most of us got bundled out early in the fickle 2-3ft Meatworks conditions but Jeremy(flying the flag for kBR) made it through a couple of rounds into the Quarter finals with a particularly hard round 2 heat against an on-fire Hayden Brain (ChCh). Unfortunately bowing out in the Quarters it was still a much deserved accomplishment for the Moose-Man!!
Jim Tyson basically summed up the feeling amongst the rest of us claiming that "A super-natural power took over my body in the water and I surfed like a disabled jellyfish".
(above) Nelson Cheerleaders, Liam B, Gav Stones ,Jimmy Mack,Matt Fastmoney
Rory Dubstep, and Nick Bi-Gateway, lovin life!!!
Sunday Bloody Sunday- All the Nelson boys in Kaikoura all had an ear to the ground and all of us bailed back to "surf city" saturday arvo to await the forecast swell on sunday.
I turned up at Snappers on dawn Sunday morning and was greeted by glassy conditons and 4-5ft of grunty groundswell. I looked around in disbelief as there was not a soul to be seen and I quickly suited up and sat out the back in disbelief wondering if I was still immersed in some kind of weird surf dream. After 40 minutes or so I was joined by Fitzy , Scotty, Keni, Conal and Justin Fletcher, Jim and Neil tyson quickly followed then Jeremy and Shocker but strangely enough, tht was about it for the crowd. All day sunday the crowd never really grew beyond 7 0r 8 in the water and perhaps this was a combination of long weekend and winter temperatures. Perhaps it may have been because "The Glen", WAS ABSOLUTELY SMOKING.
(above) The Glen- making you whince....
Just add a final insult to injury, Neil and Jim Tyson paddled over and surfed absolutely perfect Rincon at 2-4ft all sunday afternoon.
Just another Manic Monday-
- and it actually was as dawn revealed a messy 4-8ft lumpy morning sick swell, Bruce Wilson turned up fresh from the punk gig the night before ,donning sprayed hair and eyeliner, in a somewhat bewildered state he started speaking in tongues before putting on his wettie and chuckling to himself as he skipped along the boulder bank. Brucey loves the solid days!!
Scotty, keni and a few boys tackled the hard work surf and Bill Evans rocked up with the camera making sure the boys committed themselves into the 6 foot plus sets.
(above) Unknown Soldier on a New Wave absolutely demolishing a Snappers Pad!!!
Elsewhere- Marco , Gavin, Matt and Rory hooked into some Cables along with Josh Hamilton and his sisters and brothers!!! (private joke). Later on Greymouth yokels Jonothan Harris and Haisley Masters joined myself, Jason Hylkema and Marco for a sand slapping session at Tuarawhati.
Thats all I can be bothered writing,,, enjoy your week!!
(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 ...
(above) The Glen Apocalypse now , Photo: Sven Martin @svenmartinphoto February 2nd 2018, whether you like it or not... was the day......
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 ...