Saturday, September 25, 2010

Cape Classic Entry Forms Now Available !

The Cape Classic 2010 is looking good. 20 years of the Cape Classic with $7500 cash and more sponsors product up for grabs.King Kapisi and The nNomad for the after party and T Bay with a nice a-frame bank forming we are set to go. Get down, over or up to Westport for the Best Classic yet. Hope to see ya all there......
Please visit the following link to download entry forms.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Around the Grounds.

(above) Blenheimer shralper Mike "Ratty" Lindstrom's tail-drop floater.... apologies to Mike and Jacko!!
-A busy few days of action as a giant carousel of a weather system has been blasting our shores with icy cold west southwest conditions. A huge westeryl swell in the 7 to 8 metre range with enough legs to wrap into Tasman Bay as kept our surfing desires fullfilled and good to see everyone surfing a variety of locales spreading the numbers thin.
(above): Scotty Edwards and Brandon Kingi exchanging blows.

Friday saw a building onshore swell which seemed to "unbuild" itself in the afternoon with the size dropping out along with the wind but Saturday the huge west swell flooded in along with the lowest snow dump of the year. Brave souls ventured into the water at Snappers including a rejuvinated Jacko Gregory, Keni Duke and a plethora of Nelson College Groms.
Nearby some clean offshores were in enjoyed by Jamie "mini" Sumner, Brandon Kingi and Spud Brown. (above) Solo Tanifa Sand Surfing.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Pelican Island

-Retracting away from Nelson counter-culture Graeme Bird, Mark Nichols and Bruce Wilson broaden their minds and horizons..

- Graeme's crayfishing brother had often told us of his missions through Cook Strait in rough seas and his stories of secret reefs and fabled point had often tantalised our taste buds and finally on Sunday we broke free of city that binds us and went in search of the mysterious "Pelican Island". Everything seemed so wrong leaving Nelson whilst it was recieving a solid swell but at the same time we were all very excited at the prospect of finding something new....

-Arriving in Picton with boat and boards we really did look out of place with the random old timers joke to us "pretty big waves out there" , pointing sarcastically at the mill-pond like conditions, I dont know but when "non-surfers" point out lack of swell it really gets my back up but we shook it off with a laugh all the same.
Punching out of the sounds in Bruce's pimped out IrB felt pretty good until halfway to our destination we realised that we had lost a surfboard and had to spend the next hour searching for it. Anyhow, after back-pedalling we quickly regained the pace and as soon as we hit open ocean I kept having these visions of those highspeed jet-boats doing backflips as Bruce was merciless on the accelerator.As Pelican Island came into view our excitement turned to deflation as the heavy 5metre swell forecast didnt seem to be penetrating the island outer reefs and thus only allowing a small amount of swell into the bay. Somewhat "anti-frothed", we reluctantly suited up and had a grovel in the 1-2ft waves on offer.
-Despite the lack of swell and the realisation that perhaps Pelican Island wasnt the dream ride we were all hoping for we all had an awesome time and there were plenty of "high fives" at the end of the day. The old saying "half the fun is getting there" truly was the case this day and despite the odd over-exaggeraton its great to get out and about and smell that salty air....
thanks again,

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Weekly Re-Hash!

So, whats been going on in Surf City this week I hear you ask??.. well, once again more waves for a start with a nice 4ft groundswell pulsing in overnight Saturday and all through Sunday with glassy conditions all morning making it confusing as to where to go!
Just about everywhere was pumping with Rory Dubz scoring Cable Bay all morning to himself as if he had found himself in some kind of surf utopia!!! A few crew scoring some average Delaware but Snappers once again reigning supreme with some solid 4foot plus sets rolling through with standouts being Neil Tyson and the dual wave riding of Scott Rewi and Bruce Wilson.
The Nelson girls College crew dominated Tahuna as Julian Clark and Rachel Hills dominated Rabbit Island.
(above) Rory laying a Cable...
Poor old Jackson gregory had to sit this oine out as he has sprained his ankle badly whilst you guessed it....skateboarding!! Only a matter of time boys!!
A few crew also tackled Rincon that morning including Scotty Edwards and Chopper Shipwrights.
Another large disturbed Northwesterly pattern oin the way so hang on to your hats as it starts to get angry on friday!!!

Quicknote: Buller boardriders will be hosting a boardriders comp on OCt 10th and have invited Nelson Baordriders and Blenheim boys for a bit of a pre-Cape Classic practice session. Entry fee is a couple of sausages and a loaf of bread.

Later Bols

Master K

Finally released after nearly 6 years behold...(double click to open in new window)

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Cape Classic Reminder!

A quick reminder to everyone that the 20th Anniversary Cape Classic Surfing contest is being held on Labour Day weekend late October. Roughly about 7 weeks away so for everyone who is keen to attend and/or compete NOW is the time to start organizing with entry forms and flyers becoming available next week from Hogeys Surf .
This is destined to be The Biggest surfing event ever held in the South Island as 20 years is quite an accomplishment for any event.

Stop Press: Old video clips released.

Please visit the 'clips' page for a bunch of new/old clips from the never released "Summer of o5" Nelsonboardriders DVD. Big thanks to Daryl Way for coughing up the goods and stay tuned for more including an epic session at 8ft kahutura to the tune of Metallica Master of Puppets!!!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Crazy Times.

-hi Everyone and first and foremostly a big shout out to everyone in Christchurch this week. Complete madness following the massive quake on Saturday morning with more and more aftershocks still rattling everyone. Well known surfing families the Joyce's and Mc Neill''s both completely losing their houses in the Kaipoi district and our thoughts are with everyone affected at this time. (above): Ashleigh Trainor and Tali vidal, Tandom Surfing!

Surf News:
-On the surf front we are still bathing in this glorious La-Nina weather body and the frequency of swells is almost unrivelled as it has barely been flat for 4 days over the last 3 months.
Keni Duke has arrived back from the Nth Island after a 3 week holiday and also bringing home with him a fresh new quiver of boards. Ben Robertson has also returned back from Wellington commenting on how much he enjoyed watching the swell forecast for Nelson over the last 3 months whilst he was stuck in Wellywood...NOT!
Basically there has been so much surf going on I dont even know where to begin nor itemise individual surfs but I guess a couple of surfs out at The Cut definately worth a mention, some good days at the local Snap-Attack and The Glen has been a haven for grommets of late.
Buoy-Bank at the western-end of Tahuna has seen an invasion of learners which is awesome to see them utilising such a great beginners wave. Everyone has been getting their share and nw as the water warms up its damn near a Surfers Paradise!!

(above) Tali Vidal scratching over a chunky Snappers Peak

Rumour Mill:
>>>>>>Who is the local grommet, that no matter how good the surf is, still manages to sleep through his alarm every time??>>Who are the Nelson College Girls who put the boys to shame tackling 8-19ft Wharareki??>> Which god fearing local church pastor just leaves his board at The Glen on the grass then drives away hoping to return to find a new one in the morning??>>>>WHo can actually afford a 4500 dollar wooden malibu??>>>> Which Blenheim surfer keeps pushing for a Blenheim Vs Nelson surfing contest despite only having 4 Blenheim surfers to Nelsons 50..!!?? and last but not least......Which local maori surfer is ripping up his floorboards to make a hungi??? The truth is out there... (above): Nelson Girls College showing the Boys College how its done!!

(above): From now on we leave eachothers cars alone huh boys?

Thanks Again.

Monday, September 6, 2010

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 ...