The title of this post is a reflection the way this New Year seems to be panning out.
A different year in Nelson surfing it would seem. A lot more comradery between local surfers and skill levels getting pushed to the limits. A few of the younger crew chosing to study and work in Nelson as opposed to chasing the Dunedin dream and the cycle of new and departing faces keeping the feeling around the surf community fresh and as vibrant as ever.(above): Cant complain about no photos this time ..... Jeff "Zippy" Schooler!!!!!
If that wasnt enough lyrical waxing then try this on for size..........
Rumour Mill:>>>Which local surfer couldnt resist the one footers rolling in on her wedding day at Rabbit Island and had to get out there immediately after her ceremony??>>>>>>Who were the lost sheep seen floating around at Snappers whilst everyone was over the hill???>>>>Which two local faces have been indulging in virginal surf territory on and off over the last 2-3months and scoring plenty??>>>Who is the local SUPstar who got a lesson in love from karma and if thats not toungue in cheek enough then last but not least who is the guy who lent his wetsuit to a mate only for the loanee to mysteriously recieve a bizarre rash in the below waist area???..
...the truth is out there..........!!!!
Sunday, February 12, 2012
Isnt it amazing how our reliance on surf forecasting websites has left us just a little bit lazy in this technologically advanced world.
Gone are the days where people would make their own forecast via a bunch of squiggly lines on an isobar map, now its all just about graphs, wave energy, periods and ratings out of ten.
The photo above is an example of the reward you may find if you "just go".
just one of one days this week when there has been some sneaky swells lurking in Tasman Bay. For example, all be it on a SUP, Frosty surfed seven days straight this week.
(above): More sneaky surfing.
In other news Graeme "Birdy" Bird has just returned from scoring pumping waves in Samoa with his brother Bob, Mike Baker was seen bobbing around In Westport on his handgun.Whilst Conal Parkes also returned from an epic "solo-man" self finding surfing exhibition also in the Westport area.
On a sad note mid-march see's the departure of our long time Czech friends Vaclav and Idka Nic. This lovely couple heading back to the homeland to bring up their beautiful baby girl. Vaclav is looking for someone extra special to buy his crazy surfboard the one with a single and 4 or 5 or 6 other fins surrounding it.
Rory Dubienic and another mad guru were also seen surfing snappers in the full moonlight at 5:45am on wednesday morning, strange but true....
(above): Rachel Hills, killing it.
(above): Birdy, Savaii, Samoa.
Just about due for a club get together so lets hear of suggestions for venue and the like and get this party started. Hold your breath until next week because its probably gonna be flat until then................
Sunday, February 5, 2012
The 30th Anniversary Go for gold surfing contest went down in awesome surf conditions at Cobden over the weekend with the Nelson Contingent competing well.
The first day saw near perfect 3ft Cobden with a few of our crew making semi-finals in divisions whilst the others missing out by the most narrowest of margins. Joe Leeper particularly unlucky needing a score of a mid 4 but time ran against him with sometimes lully sets.
(above): Marco "alofa" Edwards, smashing it.
Jackson Gregory surfed amazingly on Phil Stanton's old NSP shortboard (wtf?) In his junior heat but unluckily had a near impossible draw with current south island top 2 Cody mcCusker and Hugh Ritchie, posting 7's and 8 point rides. Liam Buttner also faced the wrath of the close judging calls missing out by o.3 pts on progressing to the semis in the juniors but the harshest decision of all fell against Jackson in the longboard semi-final missing out on making the final by 0.01pts........
Final standings for the boys below
Liam Buttner: 9th Juniors
Marco Edwards:6th Juniors,24th opens
Jackson Gregory:5th Longboards, 9th Juniors,
Mark Nichols: 17th opens,6th seniors
Joe Leeper: 17th Opens
(above): Joe Leeper laying down the law.
A massive special thanks to the sponsors who helped us out with travel costs including Hogeys Surf, Bruce Design and Build and R&R Sport,
(above): Jackson Gregory Swagger