Thursday, June 25, 2015

The Big Wait

So folks, looking at the forecast we are in for a bit of sit on hands action over the next 7 to 10 days whilst a gigantic Indian Ocean generated swell plows through the southern ocean looking set to light up West Oz with some amazingly large swells. By the time it reaches NZ its gonna be in the form of a 6metre wsw swell so not much luck in Nelson unfortunately and prevailing west winds are gonna make it somewhat mythical for us and the West Coast.
So with all that time on our hands I have made a list of reasons that make it great to wait in winter.

5: You can turn your head towards the peaks and re-introduce yourself to your forgotten snowboard career.

4: You can roam endless cafe's in search of the perfect latte'.

3: Puffer jacket?.... yes please.

2: Spend more time indoors trolling the net for 40ft swells cos lets face it.... if you lived there you would surf it.

1: Because there is no dont have to surf in this bloody freeezing weather,,, Yaaay!!!!
Photo: Bird

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Heeeeaps of Photos.

Bill Evans has forward passed a few thousand photos from the last couple of weeks swells I think June 3rd and 4th than again this weekend just gone both days,.,,
If youre keen on a copy let us know via and if enough interest will pump a few discs out and leave em in Hogeys.  Cheers.

Hilltop Serenade

Thought I would share this view of Schnappers I shot yesterday.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

You down with O.P.P ??

Yeah you know me.....

(above): Olin Pilcher slaying it at Snappers. ..Photo: Bill Evans

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

7 things surfing never needed...

1. AI's death
2. Rio as a CT event
3. Medina's Dad
4. Wavejets
5. SUPs
6. Reef Booties
7. Laird's 15ft above the water witchcraft

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Photo of The Week

Quite possibly one of the best photos Ive seen over the years taken in Nelson.
Carlton 'CJ' Barton on a borrowed board and borrowed wetsuit lighting up some Snappers magic.
(above): Charles in Charge - Photo: Stan Sutton

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Barron's June Madness

Lets Elaborate and Use Nelson as the Example.

Good Morning folk and folklore.
Just mulling over my first cup of coffee for the day and half thinking of going for a dawn surf session before work but alas, pre-school drop off commitments and a 9am work start have me handcuffed but hey, at least the idea is there!!. Upon sifiting through the early morning internet grinds I aptly stumble across a surfer mag related article which I have linked below which largely dis-credits the joy of the dawn patrol.
Some totally worthwhile and slightly humorous reading however upon finishing the article I realised, and those of you who know me that I am the ultimate dawn patrol surfer. Quite often setting my alarm a good 90 minutes before sunrise allowing a good breakfast and plenty of time to do a poo and get suited up indoors if its winter. Waves in Nelson are a gift horse and with most breaks being so tidal a mere hour of tardiness in surf prep can mean you miss the best part of a session.
There is nothing more satisfying then scoring a summer dawny at 530am with just one or two other guys then watching everyones confused gaze as you gently saunter back to the carpark whilst the crowd begins to arrive in droves by 830am . If you play your cards right you are probably already preparing your next surf and if you start the day early you can experience something called crowd shift so by the time you are ready for your next surf everyone that crowded it up in the morning is now mass exiting the water. A lot of you already know this... it adds to the ultimate chess game that surfing in Nelson and crowd avoidance can be but dont get stuck playing the pawn......

5 Lessons From A Week Of Dawn Patrol | SURFING Magazine

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Cawthron Pipeline Bursts Open

Cawthron Pipeline in all its mysteriousness came to the party yesterday with mad scientists from all over scoring some of that briney goodness.

(above): Jackson Gregory Algal Blooming - Photo: Laurie Lobster

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...