Saturday, August 31, 2013

Happy Spring and Fathers Day.

Spring bursts into action this weekend with ridiculously calm clear weather and most of our surfing dads are either enjoying a relaxing morning in bed and the lucky ones may even be elsewhere catching some waves because unfortunately on our local shores it also ridiculously flat and if you stare into the crystal ball at this stage it paints a pretty grim picture.
Lets not dwell on it though and look forward to some warmer water temps and longer daylight hours as we have seemed to sneak through winter without the water getting too, too cold.
Lets cross fingers that the record breaking warm temperatures in Aussie this weekend disturb the Tasman enough to spawn something later in the week and get out and enjoy that vitamin D.


Thursday, August 22, 2013

Photo of the Week

Photo of the week goes to this insanely sick punt of Nelson surfer Joe Leeper reaching sickening heights in Dunedin and showing his fellow scarfie mates how its done.
Photo: Copyright Aquabumps 2013

Monday, August 19, 2013

Snaps comes to Life

Last Saturday morning saw a long awaited North/Northwest groundswell filter into the bay after 6 weeks of hopeless smaller swells. Dropping a little from solid 4-5ft on dawn ( sounding even bigger earlier at 1am ) the swell stuck around  all day and even into Sunday with a small lucky crew reaping the rewards of having a look with flawless lines stacked to the back making Snappers turn very Trestles like.
(above): Bruce Wilson in full flight on a 7ft plus single fin.
On a darker smellier note, the sewerage ponds absolutely reeked and the water quality left a lot to be desired. 
Back to the brightside of life as Brian would have it there seems to be more swell on the way and maybe even noted is people being a little more courteous and communicating better in the water of late with calling themselves and others into waves with pre-set organization meaning everyones getting their share.
(above): Empty one goes spare.
A very long time between "club" get-togethers so be looking at organizing something in the coming month
a lot of newer faces and members keen to get involved and get some stuff done with the carpark at Snappers now sprting a trendy fence it would be great to get another base coat of gravel thrown down and some other ideas including the re-emegence of a night surfing session idea at The Glen have not gone unheard !! Stay tuned and see you in the water.
Photos: Jimmy Jay Wright     Copyright 2013

Monday, August 5, 2013

A Change of Chart.

Time to pull the plug on your depression bath as the weather gods finally swing in our favour again. Its been a hard few weeks but it looks as though we are in for some swell again over the next couple of cycles. Some pretty desperate times late last week saw half a dozen guys on mals fighting for half a foot scraps at Snappers, it was definately cringe-worthy from the witness stand but for those amongst it was the 1983/84 Huntington Beach Pro assured!! A few crew have been getting away with FItzy, Blink, Stevo-Devo and Keni heard to be haunting Kahutara like cameo locals whilst folk like Gary Miller have been sticking it out west making the most of favourable West Coast winds. Rob Sheridan (pictured below) just got back from Devils Island, Samoa , claiming it was surreal and dream like whilst Jeremy Pooley has headed to Maylasia on a work then surf sabbatical. The days are getting longer by a good 10 minutes per week at the moment so force a smile and see you out there!!
(above): Ruby Bay Rob, not at Ruby Bay.

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 ...