Monday, January 26, 2015

Hang On I thought it was Flat?

A sneaky lazy groundswell since Saturday has helped sooth the flat sea burn with some reasonable chest high sets sneaking into the bay, Saturday morning possibly the pick but Monday nights session certainly yielded some fun ones also. A deep Northern Tasman Sea low pressure system was responsible and for those who still use isobar knoweledge to forecast were well rewarded.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Photo of the Week

Ashton Cooley face rides a Tahunanui gem, whilst his bro Caden haggles from the shoulder!!Meanwhile their old man Dale stares longingly at the Back Bar and associated Sup Riders. Go the Gremmies!!

Photo: Nicole Cooley

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Nelson is a Flat Wave Hell

Thats right folks, move along, nothing to see here.... All of you holiday makers with the boards strapped to your roof of your car, returning uni students and the like, good old surf-city has sucked you in real good this summer finally convincing everyone that indeed there arent actually any waves in Nelson.
Call it a curse, call it what you want, but I can guarantee that the first week back in February when school goes back, the holiday makers return to their place of origin and everyone slips back into work mode, our beloved Surf City shall rise once more.
This blog/site reaches an amazing 10 year anniversary next month and that is a long time to have been writing absolute nonsense for so stay tuned for a date and a club get-together to celebrate 10 years of making average surfers look reasonable.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

SUPSquatch is a Real Thing

Getting two amazing clips in one day was inevitabely going to come. I try not to post too much broad spectrum stuff for fear of watering down and becoming "facebook" like.
Fortunaetly both clips posted had to be shared during these flat days, SupSquatches are actually on the market and look incredibly fun and are a great reminder of why we all surf...... BECAUSE IT IS FUN  !!!

Move Over Pottz and Joey Turpel

Monday, January 5, 2015

Why Crowded Surf is Good.

Sent in by Graeme Bird this spill below stolen from the inertia blog is a very cool read.

Look, I’ll do anything to get my own waves. But sometimes that just isn’t in the cards. Here’s to growing from shitty circumstances.

1. It teaches you to have empathy… for drug addicts. When you can’t get your fix of waves, and find yourself vibing, scowling, or crying during the most fun activity in the world (surfing), you realize you’re the same as Bubbs. Just scheming and itching for that next hit.
2. It teaches patience. You gotta wait your turn. With a hundred fiends out, and a handful of waves per set, there’s gonna be waiting, sometimes too much. Which brings us to #3.
3. It teaches you to compete. There are a lot of people in this world. Hundreds of ‘em. All over the place. If you’re too patient, you may find yourself never getting a turn.  No one ever got anywhere cool by being a timid little bitch. Put yourself in position, paddle with intent, and commit.
4. It teaches gratitude. When you do finally get your wave of the day in a crowded lineup it’s memorable. It tastes real good. It’ll turn your mood 180 degrees, and you’ll start experiencing all kinds of strange emotions, like gratitude. Once you’re on that train your mind starts spinning and you realize the swell size, direction, period, tide, wind, weather, season, day of the week, nature of the universe aside, both sets of your grandparents had to meet and successfully have sex in order for you to be riding a wave of energy traveling through water on this living rock which is hurling through the expanding universe at 1000 mph in an orbit around a fucking star. How crazy is that?
5. It teaches you grace under pressure. Duh. But when it’s super crowded, you have the added pressure of swooping and sliding around potential involuntary manslaughter charges and ruined families, as well as making the wave and having a nice time.
6. It teaches you how to fight. It’s a possibility that you will be involved in an altercation at some point if you regularly surf crowded lineups. Addicts have a tendency to get a might ornery when waiting for their next hoot. If you are able to remain calm and talk logically and objectively about the water sports disagreement, you may avoid physical contact. Otherwise, you may have to learn how to defend and even counter periodic attacks, verbal or physical, pertaining to water sports. And that’s good for you, too!
7. It teaches you to make friends. You’re allowed to smile out there. Spending time in a crowded lineup is so much more tolerable if you’re treating the people you interact with in a friendly manner. Realize we’re all on the same team. Give a fellow surfer a head nod after a good wave, or give a bro a harmless platonic butt pat as they paddle by. Spread good vibes and see the world smile a little more.
8. It teaches you that you have to be in it to win it. Generally it’s crowded because the waves are fun. And you certainly aren’t going to get any if you sit in your car with the heater on listening to Will Smith hits before going to get an undeserved chorizo burrito. Will Smith will always be there for you. Always. And he doesn’t do drugs.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Surfer of the New Year

(above): Jackson slaying The Glen Demons
Drum Roll Please..... We had some great waves over the New Years and for those who had the patience to wait it out instead of turning to festivities early they were rewarded duely. Jackson Gregory, tied down with work commitments, taking the cake with stand out performances at both The Cut and The Glen and still managing to put a smile on peoples faces at The Wood Retirement village in between surfs.
(above): Jackson setting the Cut on fire whilst Dale (below) Cooley as ever!!!
Closely Folowed in Runner-up Position..... Dale Cooley, meant to be hosting his own New Years Eve party instead finding himself six brews deep in the womb of some chunky local waves!!! Great work boys!  

Photos by Bill Evans, and Cut Photo by Laurence Lobster 

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 ...