Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Froth Dogs Predictions.

Froth Dog's Predicitons:  
"The days of no frothing are dog gone. 
Wave goodbye to summer crowd, wave hello to wave"

Back in Surf City Mode.

Try and deny it all you want but swell season is in full swing. the last few weeks producing swells less than 7 days apart and with waves forecast this coming weekend and then again at the end of next week its time to pull out that winter suit and put your game face on as the blustery Northwest thrashings become common place. The same story every summer, flat for a few weeks and everyone starts to have a cry. Its all back on people so get out there and remember, onshore means less crowds and bigger airs.
(above): If I told you where this was you wouldnt believe it anyway.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Photo of the Week...maybe year???

As ugly as Schnappers became this afternoon local grommet/photog Jimmy jay Wright managed to capture some absolute magic with this stunner!!!
                                    Copyright 2013: Jimmy Jay Wright

Friday, May 24, 2013

Local Surfer Russ Mattsen's Metal Magic

Russ mattsens story from Stuff/Nelson Mail

Next Generation has Spawned.

Last year seemed a little sparse on the grom-factor and although not minding the uncrowded conditions it was a little sad to not see any young punks in the lineup. This year however is different.
Great to see a bunch of fresh new grommet faces in the water and even greater to see they have caught the bug pushing themselves into the colder months. Guys like Jack MALCOLM!!!, Jimmy Wright, Finnley Meekma, Colm Dubienic, Cameron Ford (Kaikoura import) and Tasman Andrews. Im sure theres a couple more worthy of a mention also but promising talent emerging to make sure our stock of local groms keeps pushing the hairlines of the older crew. Go Groms!
(above): This morning at Snappers....

Jokes aside, see you out there!!

Silent Assassin?

This kid is slipping quietly through the radar under the shadow of John John and Gabriel Medina, Kolohe Andino etc.etc.... Check out the clip (double click for fullscreen) and it will either make you wanna go surfing or give up.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Trapping Pests on Boulder Bank Day?

Hi Guys  and Girls
I’ve been contacted by Ivan Rogers at DoC Motueka, regarding a pest trap building day and subsequent deployment and management of approximately 130 traps set along the entire length of the boulder bank. This’ll be the first time the boulder bank has been conscientiously trapped for pests. 
I live at the Glen and work at the Cawthron hatchery down the boulder bank and have already set up a few DOC 200’s in wooden boxes to help keep the rat, stoat, weasel and hedgehog numbers at bay.  I’ve been doing this around the hatchery grounds for three years and have noticed a healthy improvement in stilt and gecko numbers in the immediate vicinity. There’s a load more plant, invertebrate, reptilian and bird species that will benefit directly from intensive trapping.
What we’re keen to do is to have a trap building day at the Cawthron hatchery one weekend and involve folk living and recreating around the area and who have a keen interest in the biodiversity and health of the boulder bank reserve.
Would someone from the NBSC be happy to represent the local surfers and come along to a meeting at the hatchery at 6pm on the 5th June for a planning session? We’ll be looking for folk who’ll be happy to help deploy the traps after they’re built, and some who’ll be able to monitor and re-bait and handful of traps in their area on a monthly basis.
Keen?  Flick me an email and I’ll tell you more.Cheers,
(email via nelsonboardriders at hotmail dot com)

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Are Nelson Surfers too Nice?

A lot of dropping in going on over the last few swells and not too many willing to say anything about it and/or a lot claiming to not even realise theyre doing it.
Dropping in, or taking off on a wave that someone is already riding or paddling into is a cardinal sin in surfing.A wave setup such as Snappers can often lead to the pack pushing eachother deeper and deeper to the point where waves are even wasted as the guy on the inside actually has no hope of making it.
A bit of courtesy and common sense does not go astray and often the "taking turns" method works quite well as it does at a crowded skatepark. People already riding the wave need to give a shout out to the guy paddling on the shoulder to let them know they are all good for the wave and likewise if you dont think you're going to make it then perhaps call someone else into the wave.

An overseas mate and a travelling bunch of Kaikoura surfers said they were astounded at the anarchy going on out at Snappers and embarrasingly enough.. they are right. Imagine turning up to Kaikoura or Westport and dropping in .... you would probably have about half an hour before you were either on your way to the hospital or there was no air left in your car tyres.

Common sense and honesty. Are you really going to make that wave???,,, Are you being a piggy?..
and maybe that naieve guy/girl doesnt actually know they are in the wrong and needs some friendly advice.

We are a nice bunch of folk here in Nelson
and through communication we can all get along at the dinner table.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Photo Time

(above): Pete Randall, with poise, flair and style,taking control of things.

(above): James Laird burying rail.

(above): They say a picture paints a thousand words.
Great Photos Thanks:   -  Cameron Ford 2013-

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Photo of the Week

Fun waves this morning and throughout the day at Snappers and over the hill with some solid sets on dawn unfortunately not prevailing throughout the day. Stand out surfer this morning going out to Graeme Bird whilst you couldnt wipe the grin off  Trans Blenheim/Nelson surfer Spencer Jones' face.

(above):Solid double overhead set this morning on high tide before Nigel cursed it.
photo: Bruce Wilson

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...