Wednesday, August 29, 2012

War(d) Stories Well worth it.....

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The Sunday/Monday swell phenomenon continues with the last 2 said days continuing the consistent run of swell. A spectacular session going down on Monday at the infamous Mapua Bar, with all the boys getting shack time including all the Cawthron Crew heavily researching water flow and the usual suspects including comeback king Scotty Edwards, Russ Duke and Paulo Devia. Westport born and bred Andy Beaufort taking a slight detour through Nelson also coming out with tunnel vision and is no doubt still coming to terms with what actually went down.Lifes good in surf city. Work those flat days cause you never know whats on the menu....
(above): Empty days at Snappers are a plenty nowadays,

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Consistency "Rains" Supreme

An absolutely incredible amount of rainfall over the last 5 weeks and alongside it has been an equally incredible run of swell consistency. Without being obsessive compulsive there has been 21 days of good rideable surf out of the last 36 with every low pressure system just sitting that little bit higher in the Tasman and filtering in some very pleasant North to Northwest swells. We havent had any amazing days with most swells in the 2-4ft range however we are definately not complaining!! Later in the weekend looks like another swell tickle from the Northwest and with the sun finally poking its head out it would seem everything and everyone is feeling that Spring in their step. Too many days to individually itemise each surf but theres been heaps of low crowd Snapper sessions going, some exploring , some solo guru sessions and basically everyone getting their fair share and others just being plain gluttons !!! A few photos slowly trickling in from over the last few weeks so i thought it time to cough them up and lets look forward to some more of this surf city action.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Its a long way to Taipahere

Anyone who has ever driven to French Pass will know that the road is not a kind one. Its like driving along the great wall of China, 5 times.To drive past French Pass is Mongolia... Sunday morning Blenheim's Mike Lindstrom and myself set out on an adventure of sorts to explore the exposed coast beyond the shadow of Durville Island basically driving to Picton from the wrong way!! We prepared ourselves the night before packing onboard drybags,flares,first aid you name it we had it. Travelling out of cellphone range brings you back to reality and reminds you that its back to basics when the mod-cons are not available. Heading via Jetski towards Taipahere Bay the wind was shocking and the rain felt as though it was tearing the flesh off our cheeks not to mention my hips dislocating and relocating bouncing across the chop. Eventually we reached our target but low and behold without putting on the tough guy story we were basically out of our league. We took a few photos , ate some nut bars and then tail between legs, slowly headed back to our launch point.
We all have an insatiable appetite for waves but this time we had bitten off a little more than we could chew, however the adventure was all part of the journey. Upon return we heard stories of classic Snappers and Delaware and even though these stung a bit we still felt satisfied in our gamble to think outside the square.
Its a long way to Taipahere.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

The Low that just wont Go!!!

Thats right people. That pesky low is still blobbing around just outside the bay and causing us the scrappy easterly flow. On the flipside it may or may have produced a little more swell and only those who go will know! Fun sessions earlier in the week with some good 6foot bombs rolling through Snappers on Monday however the Northeast wind tended to tear it a new one. Further up the road was more sheltered whilst around the hills was even more so cleverly cryptic. Heres a shot of glassy 4-5ft Snappers from monday morning in which I had the pleasure of surfing to myself for an hour and a half before the Noertheast came up and below its time for some good old fashioned rumour mill..........
Rumour Mill: Which evening this week saw a sneaky pulse in swell with just a few guys scoring fun 3ft Snappers in perfect conditions????>>>>>>Who is the Tasmanian Island resident who despite lacking any computer skills logs into Nelsonboardriders Blogsite almost daily and even talks about flying over just for a swell and really wanted me to mention him on here....??>>>>><>>>Which local surfer has started an intense training regime often seen doing push-ups in The Glen carpark or weightlifting his Doberman's above his head to the theme of Rocky then pulling into overhead death-slabs right on the bricks???...and lastly but not least....where are half of Nelson's surfers?? Afraid of coldwater much !!! Thats it, Love it, Hate it. live it !!!

Disorganised Chaos Prevails

The title says it all...... what all surfers despise the most is organisation - which is why it has taken me 14 years to realise what the N...