Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Tides of Change.

Have you ever noticed the way things evolve in Nelson surfing or are you just happy to get a wave when we randomly do??

After spending some 4 weeks out of the water It has given me time to look back across the whole planeshape of surfing in Nelson and I have noticed some interesting patterns and evolvements.
Although we are constantly exciting ourselves over the prospect of "the next swell", when this swell has/had arrived we often feel let down and or if not, exhausted, as it often seems like the anticipation has spent up all the energy so that by the time you're actually out there surfing it becomes somewhat anti-climatic.
Yes, surfing in Nelson can be extremely Tantric, but on the flipside of all of this generally there is a feeling of friendliness amongst everyone that you dont find anywhere else as we are all just happy and relieved to be getting waves.

Claims that it is more crowded nowadays have to be intercepted with the reverse statement of "Is it more crowded these days"??.
Note the crowd shuffle..for example, every year a new cluster of grommets start emerging but then again every year an earlier generation moves on either to University or overseas.
Some people move to Nelson for work and become an addition to the lineup but at the same time another leaves and the ones that amuse me the most are the constant haters who stand up high on the Boulder Bank and moan and groan about the surf in Nelson are the exact same ones that you will see checking it a day break the next day....

Those who continue to live and surf in Nelson religously all deserve a golden handshake as it can be utterly frustrating to say the least but at the same time when the surf is on you really wouldnt want to be anywhere else.
I myself would fly back from Indonesia to surf Nelson....but then again Ive never been to Indonesia!!

If you have read the above words and have taken anything out of it then you are an eternal Nelson frother and love surfing in Nelson or it really is April Fools day....

Hope to see you in the water...

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Hogeys Hardcore Hardware Sale!!!!

John from Hogeys has just advised me that he just recieved a truck load of surfing hardware acessories including leashes and fins from FCS and a heap of new style deckgrips.

All up to date NelsonBoardiders members (you know what we mean) will recieve a massive 30%
discount on these items just by saying the magic word which has been emailed to all current subscribers whilst the rest of the lagging crew shall recieve the generic discount and slap on the back. Booooyaaah!!!!


Once again the boys at TrB's Skatshop have jumped in to help relieve our surf starved souls with a surfing DVD giveaway!! All you have to do is go into the shop and answer this question and the DVD is yours!!!
Question: How many times do you need to fold an average piece of A4 copy paper in half to reach the moon.?? If confused use this formula P*2^n

Have fun kiddies!!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Marching On

Howdy people and welcome to the month of March and with the high water temperatures at the moment it looks like we will be milking a few more weeks out of summer just yet! Forwarding through the charts it seems there is still some cyclonic action up there too and who knows what Huey might throw our way. A good couple of weeks of wave action with Cyclone Atu throwing a small yet mechanical swell into the bay the week before last and then last week this was accompanied by a double swell! (what does it mean !),with some lucky boys scoring some afternoon madness at an undisclosed location.
Rolling into friday saw a chunky norwest swell spreading the crowd at Snappers.
Jeremy Pooley, Otta, Rich Barry and myself sharing the lefts whilst Russ Bruce, Olin Pilcher , Nige Keeley and Brandon "I would kill that wave" Kingi, killing the rights, Brandon returning back to Nelson for some more treats.

The next day saw some leftovers and it was great to see a bunch of young frothing grommets out there getting amongst without wetsuits looking a little bit hypothermic but the pure stoke keeping the internals combusting. (above)Michael Carlsson from Sweden and his first ever surf at Tahunanui Beach.
A boardriders meeting/ get together is planned for this coming saturday and members and guests alike are most welcome kicking off at 4pm (please note time change) for a sit down meet then a BBQ to follow. If you havent recieved and email and would like to attend you know how to contact us for details.

Thanks again.
(and yes I kow you cant enlarge those photos, ahaha)

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 ...