Friday, October 29, 2010


(above) ninemile doing its thing

Aloha people and welcome to yet another exhuberant rant about the surf-city we all love to hate. Firstly just a run down on whats been happening in on the surf front and this aint gonna take long because thats NOTHING!!! Its been flat!! The only real news I have is that early last week Stefan Menzies and Simon Pooley went for a leisurely grovel at Delaware Bay and whilst sitting their chatting Stefan eyed a long black shadow lurking beside him and just before he had time to poop in his speedoes' next to that shadow a good 20-30 foot of water began to rise as "Big Mother" Orca gave the boys the big crinkly eyeball as they power-pooped there way to shore.Once over the initial shock the guys watched in awe as the pair (mother and calf) cruised the bay and gently returned to deeper water.
Without getting too down about the current state of surf related weather in Nelson , NIWA and Metservice are both predicting an early summer directly related to the persisting La-Nina weather pattern meaning above average sea surface temperatures over summer with the increased chance of Tropical Cyclone or ex-tropical cyclones making landfall in NZ. CYclone analysts predicting at least 12 of the grunters developing in the south pacific this season!!! ....
If its ever gonna happen again,, its gonna be this summer!!!!

Cape Classic Result - Last weekend saw 6 Nelson/Blenheim "nelsonboardriders" surfers compete in the Cape Classic with some good results going down. The first day saw tricky conditions in the 4-8ft range whilst the sunday settled down to a lully 2-4ft with some exciting surfing action.
For full results check the SISA website and for the Nelson crews results check below and theres also some good photos there too courtesy of Raefe Murray.
Open Mens: Igor Ishida Coura and Jason Hylkema (equal 17th) Mark Nichols (equal 9th)
Senior Mens: Hamish Simpson (equal 9th) Mark Nichols (equal 5th) Junior Mens: Marco Edwards (equal 9th) Masters: Hamish Simpson (equal 5th)and finally THE MAN of the day Mike "Ratty" Lindstrom finishing 3rd overall in the Cadets (u/17) division. An epic result and a taste of bigger things to come and incredible incentive for all the young Nelson/Blenheim groms
(above): Rip-Bowl at NineMile.
(above) Peanut Gallery on the Rocks
(above): Beauty and the beast
All photos courtesy of Raefe Murray

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Hogeys Container Clearance!!

-The spill is below but basically Hogey bought a whole heap of gear reeaaalllll cheap!!! - but dont worry its not off the back of a truck!!!

The massive Container Clearance starts tomorrow 1pm. Come nab yourself a bargain... Everythings 50% to 70% off. Jeans for both guys and gals $60 or 2 pairs 4 $100. Mens Knits $50 or 2 4 $80. Bikinis from $29, boardies, tees and sings. School bags, wallets, caps and beanies, all 50% to 70% off. All the big brands, inc ONeill, Electric, Quiksilver, Roxy, and more... Two weeks only. Open daily next to the Bead Gallery on Hardy Street. Make sure you get in quik cause it's gonna sell out!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Stop Press: Strong Nelson showing at Cape Classic

Full story to come but the Nelson Crew that entered in the Cape Classic have done the region proud with strong finishes across most divisions with the standout going to Mike "Ratty" Lindstrom taking out 3rd place in the Cadets. Fellow Blenheimist Hamish Simpson making it to the Semi-Finals of the masters whilst myself bowing out in the Quarter Finals of the Open mens and semi-finals of the seniors... Jason hylkema and Marco Edwards and Igor Ishida Coura also standing out in their heats, the Nelson Boardriders crew definately caused a stir amongst the regular ranks.
Stay tuned.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Bored River !

(above): Aaron Lyttle setting up the tube~
A couple of weeks ago Aaron Lyttle and Ben Fontaine decided to take their boardrideing skills to new levels hooking up to the Nile Street bridge during heavy flooding and catching a few stationary waves!! Rumour has it that on one wipeout Aaron got tumbled down the rocks for a good 100 metres or so , hence the helmets.
Looks like heaps of fun and im sure there are heaps of spots where this could be done yet keep in mind the extreme dangers of a flooding river and always prepare yourself even anchoring a rescue line downstream as a backup.
~ (above) Ben Fontaine backhand snapback!!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Rapid Fire Update:

(above): Inside Mangamanu doing its thing!!

Good morning Rabid-Frothers and welcome to this weeks spill about Surf City and the like.
On the Surf front there was a semi exciting windswell last sunday/monday which saw some awesome grovelling going down from The Glen, to Delaware and to The Cut with harsh Northwesterly winds corrupting the swell. Leftovers on monday saw some average Snappers being surfed and a couple of other spots firing. (above): Olin Pilcher Craning for the pit whilst Russ Bruce cracks the top off another cold one!!
Last friday a gang of Nelson boys invaded Mangamanu in Kaikoura and scored the goods whilst a few days before that Aaron Lyttle and his airport crewman tried their luck off the Nile Street bridge. Enjoy the photos and I wish you all a safe and enjoyable Labour Weekend.
All Sick Photos: Courtesy of Jeremy Pooley.

Froth-Dog's Predictions.

Cape Classic: Froth Dog predicts a little bit of morning sickness Saturday evolving into an allround pump fest - *Special Froth-Dog link for Westport -
Nelson in General: Froth-Dog sees an abnormally large amount of Cyclone activity this summer season. Feverish Frothing Expected. *Sneaky Froth-Dog Cyclone story.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Its all Happening!

(above)UPDATED MONDAY Latest map for Saturday's first day of Cape Classic.

forecast glorious weather and a final reminder of the 20th anniversary Cape Classic. Next weekend, Labour Weekend, 23-24-25 October.
Its going to be huge with about 20 or so people from Nelson heading down.
The long range weather forecast shows a big fat high looming over the country so expect sunburn, too much surf and possibly the most awesome time you can have before the Mayan calendar ends.

On the swell stakes, last Saturday morning saw a chunky windswell roll through with everyone getting waves at various different locations. Its great to see people exploring their options. Rumour has it some science guys were ripping up the cut early saturday!! Rabbit Island was surprisingly good also and standout of the day was Russell Bruce, talk about an energizer bunny...... !! Say no more!!

On saturday night Nick Bygate and the rest of his "BoyZone" mates decided it would be a great idea to ride a mountain bike really fast down the church steps in town with most of the boys ending up with one injury or another. Nearly as good as the time Nick burned his skateboard on a fire to summon the next days surf but when the surf was crap the next day couldnt go skateboarding.....

Anyhow,enough meaningless dribble looks like waves late weekend, and Summer is looming!!

Froth it up.

Photo of the Month(s)

After much deliberation the winner of August/September's special limited edition Burton Open T-Shirt is Johnny Valentine with this sick interpratation of Jason Hylkma's "Beni-Hana".
Keep up the good work Johnny!!!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Photo Apology

Apologies for kooking the name on this photo.
It was actually Blenheim shredder Mike"Ratty"Lindstrom and NOTJackson Gregory... apologies to both boys!!

(above) Blenheimer master grom"Ratty" mixing up some Snapper bowl.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

The Flatness is upon us........

(above): Gavin Stones amazing message from the heavens

Judging by the title of this post its not hard to work out that as far as weather outlooks go, things are looking pretty bleak for a change in Surf City. Could it be that an end to our consistent run of waves is drawing to a close as the day time temperatures warm up and the fronts seem to get "melted" away, or is this just merely the first decent blocking high pressure system we've had in months and perhaps its time to actually dry some stuff out and relish some good old fashioned sunshine.... Either way as Olin Pilcher once bitterly put it, "You live in Nelson - get used to it" !! (above): Marco Edwards eyes a tasty Kina

So, on the surf front, a quick "flash in the pan" windswell thursday saw the local "hüi" milking The Cut dry and with some heavy shipping traffic that day it was definatly a "no-nonsense"", paddle across as Brandon Kingi found out , claiming that he was glad he was wearing his brown underpants. On a quick note, Brandon returns back to hit Titahi Bay stomping grounds next week and we will miss his devastating hacks but wish him all the best and look forward to seeing him early in the New Year!! Chur Bro!!
Later in the arvo on Thursday the Glen's own "bra boys" turned up the heat in the solid conditions with Marco, Rich Barry and crew pushing the limits. Solo effort goest to Liam Buttner who scored some "rather surprisingly" nice Cable Bay after lunch on thursday all by himself. Rory Dubz claims to have been pulling backflips on his booger but Im not sure if getting sucked over the falls upside down actually counts?? Remember Roz, you talk it you walk it!!
Friday morning saw everyone looking a little gutted as the un-forecast westerly change blew up about 9pm Thursday evening and pretty much demolished the swell from Thursday leaving a whimpering 1-2ft cross-chop fest at Snappers, a few die-hards tested the conditions including Jeremy Pooley, Justin Fletcher and Nelson Girls Tali Vidal and Ashleigh Trainor.
Finally lets hope that the easing of the weather patterns is not a sign of a let up in waves and look forward to some rapidly increasing water temperature in weeks to come !!


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 ...