Friday, July 26, 2013

A Problem With The Weather ?

It doesnt take a meteorologist to see an alarming trend in the weather patterns of late with another low looking to set into the northeast of the country in the coming week replicating the last weeks weather pattern. Totally uncharacteristic for this time of the year more commonly seen in summertime, this paints a pretty grim picture for Nelson's up and coming surf prospects. Thats right, do not hold your breath for the next swell here as you may turn blue and end up swimming with the fishes, sea. Snow you say?... Not that myself personally is an expert in this field but you may have noticed a rapid decline in the amount of white stuff on the hills over the last few days so that backup plan may be slowly flailing. The upside is that both West and East coasts tend to revel in these settled patterns as both coasts receive long distant,
well groomed lines. Unfortunately the only waves we may see in Nelson over the next couple of weeks will be if we get a cracker of an earthquake and the chances of that happening are, well........
Take care
(above): Rob Sheridan, GoPro Framegrab at Snappers.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Conal's Nine Days

Conal and Ana Parkes are set to leave our shores again and we wish them well on their travels to Whangamatta, London and beyond!! Conal had dropped 4 clips to me which I shall drip feed over the next couple of weeks to keep you guys hanging and to keep the site hits up...ahem. (double-click for full screen) Enjoy and many thanks to Con-Dog !!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Photo of the Week

This girl waits patiently for the waves at Snappers often getting over-run by the cool guys but here she is snagging a wave for herself and also getting her first ever surfing photo!!!
"How can this be, I dont catch any waves", she said..
Annika Wagenhoff, stealing a wave off the boys!

Co-Worker makes Surf Flick!

A workmate of mine came out with this random footage and added some of his own original music to the images. A great take and Snapshot clip of a lone surfer, Dunedin Rob and some sultry light!!!
thanks heaps to Peter Grahame. ( double click for fullscreen)

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Confessional Frother..

The term "frothing" is a surfing term which kind of replaced the word "stoked" after the word "stoked" went mainstream and even your grandmother was saying it. Frothing refers to the foam created from the copius amounts of saliva produced when one starts drooling over anticipated surf time. Heavy frothing occurs when an actual "beard" of froth begins to form on ones chin often associated with low tone constant groaning..
Being a sufferer of this condition myself for many years I find it hard to go more than 6hours without checking a 7day isobaric map. I often find myself planning my surfs 3 to 4 days out from the actual occurence constantly cross-referencing tides and even tide heights become crucial. I record the time it takes to drive to different locations and then add walking distances/wetsuit change times and the like to make sure I hit the water right at the intended time. I polish the bottom of my board and think speed32 is a viable invention. I infact get so adrenalised I shake and tremble before a surf , and once I hit the water I often find it anti-climatic and leave the water dissapointed as its the thrill of the chase that haunts my poor soul.
I can feel it brewing inside me now and its still 7days away from the event,
The admission of a chronic frother that I am.
 I live for whats around the corner.


A near two week reprieve between swells means its  time to catch up on stuff back on land and free up some glide time for the next onslaught from surf city. A cold week just passed and some fresh dumpings of snow means it wont be long until the "real" water temperature kicks in.
The upside of this downturn in water temperature generally means less crowds as the fashion weeds out from the function!! Some great surfing going on from all the crew lately and luckily enough we have a couple more photo's to spill about the place.

Looking for input from you guys out there and would love someone/s to come forward with their own stories of  Nelson or elsewheres surf experiences. Dont be shy.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Whangamoa Dreaming

A few boys ventured over the hill on Saturday only to be rewarded with some tasty treats.
Photos by Jimmy Wright.

(above): Edward Marcos and Wilson Bruce filling their boots.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Bills Photos Released

(above): Glen Chisnall getting burned by Mark Nichols.
After an eagerly awaited wind-up a busy Bill Evans will off load his 1500 photos of "Tasty Tuesday" Please CLick on the "Photos" page to see some of the best from the reel. If you would like a copy then email to arrange. As always, giant thanks to Bill and all his hard work making average surfers look reasonable since ages ago.

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 ...