Sunday, February 27, 2011

Quake Relief Jam

Trb's SKateshop are holding a Skate Jam this friday night with a bunch of raffles and stuff going down, BBQ etc.etc.
Your appearance will be most accepted!! Maybe even a "king of the bowl" for us old boys!!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

A thought for Christchurch.

Just a quick message of support for those of whom have been affected by the devastating earthquake. From all Nelson surfers and greater community we wish you all the best at this dark moment in time.
-Kia Kaha.

Postcard from Conal

How "s it going, It"s good reading your blog site & catching all the surf news from home. Hopefully you score some waves soon but summer is the season for travel.

Enjoyed the cyclone story/photo's and while you write bout graveling the car park with a eye ahead to the wet season here I am on the coast of the driest desert in the world. Arica has not had rain for years, the area is one big sand pit. We have travelled up the coast of Chile from Pichilemu scoring waves along the way. From Coqumbo surfed Totoraillilo Bay which was a fun small right. At Chanaral a small coastal town besides experiencing our 5th earthquake, the biggest been 7.1, I surfed Porto Fino while another right it had more size and punch to it. In Iquique got to surf a city break i5 minutes walk from our accommodation.

(above): Not Conal slipping into a heavy Arica slab.
Enjoyed our days here and the break, a fast breaking left, either gives you a drop into oblivion or a adrenalin filled ride out on to the shoulder.Getting a wave was a challenge with all the bogie boarders ruling the roost. I have seen my fare share of broken boards from Pichilemu to Arica and 2 more were broken in my time here. I surfed El Gringo in Aroca yesterday and will spend a couple more days surfing the break made (in)famous a couple of years back with the ASP Rip Curl Search contest. Certainly conditions are not the same but surfing a 4ft left. While surfing there yesterday the tow in surfers headed off down the coast on their jet skis, no doubt with local knowledge finding bigger options on the open coast.

Hi to everyone !!! -Conal

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Snappers Carpark Re-Surfaced!! / Club News!!

Thats right folks, once again the club funds have been put to good use with approx 30 cubic metres of AP40 gravel spread across the carpark out at Snaps. With such a good response from people after the last drop it was only natural that 8 months down the track we got it done again before winter sets in. Although quite coarse under foot this allows for quick fast drainage and deters munters in cars trying to do donuts and burnouts as this will most likely wreck their cv joints in one foul swoop!!
Special thanks goes to our mate Lyall from Burgess&Crowley who really went out of his way to spread the stuff. Obviously thanks also goes to Burgess&Crowley themselves and keeping it local the gravel is cut from the backside of Mackays Bluff off the Cable Bay Road!!!
(above): "My Grandmother can surf better than you!!!"

In other club news Andy McDonald and his team at "WetKiwi" have jumped onboard the NelsonBoardriders train and Andy currently has a bunch of fashion design students in Auckland fighting over a design for a club t-shirt.We look forward to the result with all members of the club recieving T-shirts at incredibly discounted prices.
An end of Summer "Club Meeting/BBQ" will be held on March 12th with an actual sit down discussion lets call it an AGM at 3pm sharp with BBQ and Carry on to follow.
Members will be emailed location location.

(above): Dont stop till' you drop!!

(above): Sorry mate but there had to be a sequel!!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Back to the Grind!

Good morning peoples and as the title of this post suggests its back to business for most of us as we unwillingly settle back into our daily routine after a warm and generous silly season.
Waves? what waves? is basically the theme set at the moment as we seem to be once again stuck between a large chain link of high pressure systems.
Keeping things exciting,, "Blenheim Boardriders" are go with Hamish Simpson and Mike"Ratty""Lindstrom re-developing the club after it faded away through the late nineties. Bleneheim Boardriders are now officially affiliated with SISA and we look forward to some good old fashioned Top of the South rivalry along with some comradery at the same time!! Im sure that together with Nelson we can put it to the more "known" surf clubs of the South Island Circuit!!

Keeping on the subject the OCEANA GOLD "Go for Gold" Contest is set to roll in Greymouth on February 25/26 so check out for details and entry forms.

Keeping it "clubby" Nelson Boardriders would like to and need to hold a club meeting in the near future to discuss direction and projections!! and we look forward to some suggestions for host venue details etc etc.

Yibbida Yibbida Thats all Folks....

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 ...