I have paid my subs so that means ground swells right? Bigger days (6ft for me now) leave me a bit exhausted for a couple of daysafterwards but I'm OK after smaller days if I'm fit. I have heard 50 yrolds saying they're getting past it but I tell you, keep at it because I am 69 this year and having as much fun as anyone. And I'm not stopping for a few years yet... I am a bit isolated from surf beaches in the Sounds but. Got a good wave at Kaikoura last week and looks good again for 2 or 3 daysnext week so will go down and camp a couple of nights. I do a couple of surf, visit my daughter at Mahia trips per year which gives me some variation with some Gissy waves as well. Nelson seems to be the friendliest atmosphere.