Friday, December 9, 2016


Thats right folks, you know its Summer when Baby B and the Boys Come to Play.
Take Care Out There.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Classic Results

Full Story to come:

OPEN 1st Jackson Gregory
           2nd Mark Nichols
           3rd Ryan Stratford
           4th Marco Edwards

JUNIOR : 1st Josh Sheridan
                 2nd Raul Ventura
                 3rd Emma Pegg
                 4th Jalan Heaton

Over 40's:  1st Sam Dillon
                  2nd: Glen Aspin
                  3rd : Dale Cooley
                  4th: Rob Sheridan

Longboard:  1st Raef Murray
                     2nd Toby Wild
                     3rd Dale Cooley
                     4th Graham Clark

Monday, November 7, 2016

NBR CLub Day This Saturday

Come join us for a BBQ a fun surf comp and all round bloody good times to celebrate a great year
of surfing and massive uprise in the Nelsonboardriders Surf Club.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Where the Cool Kids Are At !!!

Somewhere over a hill, in a land far away, A bunch of micro grommets are brewing like a carefully aged spirit. Introducing Caden Cooley, Louis Harvey, Asht0n Cooley and Josh Churchill.                           Maticulously coached on by Dad and "Surf Uncle" Dale Cooley, Watch out over the next couple of years as these boys are set to spray you in the face real soon.
(above): Caden and Josh sharing a laugh

(above): Louis finding his feet in the wax.

(above): Asht0n green facing it!!!

(above): Josh Churchill , stylez for miles!!!
All Photos By Nicole Cooley. Copyright 2016

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Club Meeting - Minutes.

4.30pm meeting started
Present: Jamie Sumner, Graham Clark, Mark Nicols, Sam Dillon, David Pons, Trudie Pegg, Emma pegg
All present board members stand down. Trudie Pegg-Secretary Mark Nicols-President

Discussions and decisions held/made:
Surfing Reserve @ Snappers
Getting numbers of GROMS interested in 7week surf training (possible chance to be selections for NZ Nationals if at compeditive level)  Beginners to Advanced welcome.  Every Sunday from 9th October and Wednesdays.
 Junior surf days at rabbit island/ under 14yrs with old NBR kids helping out.
Womens beginners surf day, Cindy Mosey ran one several years ago.   Thought of $20 per person interested, gets board use and coaching by NBR members willing to give there time.   The $20 goes to the club. 

 more Junior and Club days before the end of 2016.   aim for 3 comps a year.
 Club days and comps shouldn't all be about competition. 
 suggested getting numbers and car pooling for the Buller Board Riders Champs 23rd October(labour weekend) other Buller board riders comp dates 13th November, 4th December, 18th December.
Talked about crew going down to Malfuction, Longboarding in March 2017
 More social events to get to know more surfers.  More events, meals out, fun days BBQs at Rabbit Island
 gravelling snappers car park.   Previous work done threw Burguss and Crowley,   bill given to NCC instead of NBR paying
GROMS fundraise to help get themselves to comps outside of Nelson.
members to sell raffles to raise money for NBR club.
Meat raffles (see if Meat Solutions would provide)
jamie Sumner offered Black board also for raffle.
David Pons made offer to ask Leen for a Keg lol
Discussion held about benches/changing pads at Snappers(group unsure as public place) Rubbish bins, litter and dumping, dog excrement.
Sponsors for club displayed on facebook page, update blog, logo on Cover.
Cut off date for Membership to club if not paid by due date, removed from facebook members page?  3rd October due date.
discussions on finding club rooms.
Set date for first social club day.  event/surf/funday October 2nd Midday Sunday @ Rabbit Island.   Sausages- meat solutions.   Gizzbo-Peggs (games fishbowl classic Older members pair up with a junior for fun competition.   Volleyball games, other water sports, games and team challenges.  Check with sponsor "Meat Solutions" if they will provide meat.
Elections on positions:
President = Mark Nicols
Secretary,Tresurer = Trudie Pegg
Long board rep/co-ord = Graham Clark
Grommet Rep/co-ord = Emma Pegg
Social events co-ord = David Pons and Graham Clark

meeting closed 5.50pm

Monday, September 19, 2016

A General Meeting

***Nelsonboardriders AGM at the Pegg household THIS SATURDAY ARVO 25 Hillwood Drive Wakapuaka 4pm, 
Note: This is not a Social Event but Formal Meeting (yes with boring minutes and in-house voting) to Discuss the next 12 months moves forward as a club.
Everyone interested Welcome

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Whats on the Menu?

Well folks over the next coming fortnight things are looking up in Surf City with back to back swells set to bless our springy shores, supersticiously thanks to Ben Windmill and his anti swell magnet ways. You see everytime poor old Ben leaves Nelson for any stint of time Nelson reigns swell supreme. Nevermind Benny-Boy Im sure its just coincidence and Im also sure the less fitter crew will appreciate a few more waves here and there !!
Jokes and truths aside we are definately looking forward to warmer winds and water.

In club news,we are looking at holding some kind of event mid to late October most likely a fun club day with club competition and BBQ with somewhere like Rabbit Island being an Ideal Locale for a family orientated day however there is also a whisper of a night surfing event at The Glen.... club secretary treasurer Trudie Pegg is on the hunt for club subs for those of you willing to chip in your annual 25 buck fee if you are not sure if you are due to pay or not please email Trudie at  


Monday, August 29, 2016

Swell Flurries and Crowdless Waves

Thats right folk, Weve had some fun sessions over the last week and there has been a big battle between the beloved surf forecasting sites whereby Swellmap completely dropped the ball not even forecasting last Thursdays swell then saved face by calling the following afternoons spike in swell but all in all it was the overlord Buoyweather that stole the show and put things exactly in place as they should be.....
The lesson in all of this is to check every piece of surf forecasting tools that you have cos if you keep lifting up those stones eventually you will uncover a swell. It is "Surf City" after all !!

In all seriousness we have had some amazing swell over the last 10 days and the crowd numbers have been super low to say the least, Of course this has nothing to do with internet forecast sites getting it wrong?,,, surely not. Reminds me of a cartoon I saw a while ago where a guy is sitting in his office looking at the computer screen in which the surf forecast says the surf is small and poor whilst meanwhile out the window across the road at the beach its pumping.
(above): Friday afternoon Snappers broke all through the high tide.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The Local Surf Shop Versus The Internet.

After some friendly banter with a mate ironically "online" yesterday morning I thought It was time to add my 2cents worth. The Inertia surf-site published a story regarding the surf industry and how as surfers it kind of stands against most of the things that we actually stand for.. but with the Catch22 being that we actually rely on the industry for the production of boards/wetsuits legropes wax etc.
Basically it came down to the point that a lot of surfers nowadays use a surfshop as a changeroom to try something on and then go home and order it online from a surf retail website with names like hyperdude and backstitch (names contorted as not to be sued). All because they can save a few bucks but the reality is that this kind of retail therapy is actually killing the little guys/s on the street..
This is not new news I know, but just take the time to think about it next time you browse through a website for your next purchase. Wouldnt it suck if you couldnt go and buy a legrope, wax or fin on the same day as you needed it? Be sociable and  go visit your local surf/skate and kite outlet and spend that extra ten bucks. Stop bypassing the middle man and padding the pocket of the big corporation directly because eventually its gonna bite you in the ass.
Seen many surf magazines lately?.... me neither.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Flattest Days Ever ?

The upcoming few days may well be some of the ripple-less that we have ever seen in Nelson with both Swellmap and Buoyweather predicting some excessively SMALL swell on Monday through Wednesday.  Time to get those odd jobs done while the sun shines and the ground dries up a little,
Or,,,, just go to the west coast....
(above): Westports Tip-Head.  
"Looks great in photos"

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Video Killed the Radio Star.

Howdy folk. Im kind of assuming a lot of us are on the NBR facebook page now and I had always feared that a Facebook Page would kill this Website but hold on to the reigns cos this horse aint bolting anywhere soon. The fact is that the facebook page layout makes it far easier for everyone to share stuff whereby this blogsite can only have one admin. I really like how this site is a hub of weather information and also not everyone is on facebook and none of us should be really !!.

Anywayyyy... our consistency of swell keeps on running check the charts 10 Day Metvuw
This year really is panning out to be the most consistent in living memory.

See you at Snappers,

Friday, July 8, 2016

Froth-Dog's Prediction's

Froth-Dogs Prediction's: 

 "Just when you thought it was safe to go back into your kennel. 3x Northwest Busters coming to a          pound near you soon !! "

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

2016 - Best Year Ever?

A very important next 10 days in the history of Surf-City as the next lot of forecast charts roll out we are set to find out if our miraculous year of surf is set to continue here in Nelson.
Sure I can hear the claims now from the older boys of back to back cyclone swells back in the day but If we really want to get critical about this we could claim every low pressure sytem is a cyclone right? For more accurate "data" i  cast my memory back nearly 4 years ago now to the birth of my boy Eli and how around mid 2012 we had 13 weeks in a row of back to back lows and swells.

We could cast a shout out to Kaikoura and Christchurch and ask how the last 3 months have been for them because generally If its pumping in Nelson aside from Taylors Mistake things are pretty average over "that side".

At the end of the day It is all trivial but If we get another couple of swells within the next month one would have to undoubtedly say this 2016 could well be.........."The Best Year Ever".

Friday, June 17, 2016

Froth-Dogs Predictions

Froth-Dogs Predictions: "just when you thought it couldnt get any better,,,,,, it gets better!!............. 

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

About Time.

We have had a lot of surf lately in "Surf-City". Infact, we could almost have the luxury of saying we have had too much. If we were talking about rain and not surf then we have definately had too much but lucky for the farmers and in an inadvertant way... lucky for us surfers we have a slight reprieve for the next week its time to "dry out" and get stuff done around the place.

In the latest buzz from around the grounds it sounds as though some mint days were had at Snappers last week as always being the "place to be" Mike Baker snapped up some great shots which he has shared via the NelsonBoardriders Fb Page,

Moral of this update. Use the rest of this week and weekend to get stuff done cos this flat spell aint gonna last for long........ yeeeeewww.

See you out there,

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Kaikoura Returned

Just a quick wrap from the long weekend in Kaikoura where our crew of 5 competitors represented Nelson well. The waves were pumping all weekend with the event site situated at Meatworks but this meant when not competing we could duck off to both Mangamanu or Kahutara and get some waves away from the competition mayhem, 

Zac Dillon making the Quarter Finals of the Cadets finish equal 9th and Equal 17th in Juniors  , Emma Pegg Equal 9th in Open Girls , David Pons Equal 33rd in Opens and Jackson Gregory Equal 33rd in Opens and Equal 9th in Longboard, Mark Nichols Equal 17th in Opens Equal 9th in Masters and Equal 17th in Seniors,
To put these numbers into perspective there were 105 competitors in the Open Division alone and 190 Competitors overall so we didnt do too shabby at all !! Especially considering there were about a dozen high profile surfers down from the North Island also!!

A massive thanks to Toby at Moana and John from Hogeys for helping us get there and a GIANT thanks to Trudie Pegg for being surf mum to us all!! 
(above): Zac Dillon mincing a meatie right during his quarter final.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Rapid Fire Update

Ok people lets go..... So we had a mediocre swell last week but in saying that it was a semi game changer with the super low passing south of Australia we now look set to embrace some good old fashioned westerly systems which are  almost a forgotten thought after our ridiculous run of warm weather since last October.... What does this mean for us here in Surf City...?  It means more frequent swells but it also means more ugly winds so the punter has to think a bit more about life rather than just going to Schnappers....
Moving on .... Jimmy Jay Wright is back in the hood after a few months living in Kaikoura staring at whales tails Jimmy is holding steady for a few weeks before joining Colomba Dubienic who was last seen sporting a sifty bro-mo somewhere in Bali.
Missing in action man Gary Miller is back from injury laying down some solid hacks at Snaps last week showing that sometimes a few weeks out of the water is actually good for your surfing and aside from dead bodys in the Snappers carparks and Boats running aground on the Boulders that pretty much sums up life in Surf City at the moment, A quick reminder for those keen to join the club for the Kaikoura Coldwater Classic June 3 til 6th please express your interest now rather than later so we can organize travel and accommadation. Cheers Big Ears.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Grommet Surf Camp

On Anzac Day a couple of carloads of young Nelson surfers took off on an overnight trip to Kaikoura as part of an experiment/pilot trip to see the ins and outs of running a holiday surf camp programme in the near future, The waves were touch and go but we managed to surf Mangamanu/kahutara/Iron Gate, Sandy Bay all within the 36 hours we had on hand so we got a good variety of waves.
Big thanks to Trudie and Linda for providing the engine room for the trip and also a shout out to Vanessa Anderson for loaning us her big boss Kia wagon for the trip and also to Marcus and Lucy Langman for providing us the literal 5 star accommadation.
Anybody interested in helping out for the next trip get in contact cos we defiantely learned from our mistakes. We need a mini van we need more than overnighter, we need more adults/parents in the water and most of all we need your involvement!!

(above): Most enthusiastic grommet of the trip!! - Josh Sheridan - Kahutara... Photo:Trudie Pegg

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Where Now?

So what does happen next after Nelson Boardriders pull off an epic club day competition in amazing waves? I think It might be a great start to think about the reasons why it all went down so smoothly and to once again embrace the place we live in affectionately known as "Surf City"..

As I type this we are going through what I like to call the wind-up stage where flat seas are upon us for at least another week so we are staring down the barrel of a near 20 day flat-spell. What this does to us as surfers?... it makes us crave waves... So naturally when those waves do arrive, everybody is buzzing. Its pretty hard to be agro in the surf when you're generally just happy to be getting wet.
During the flat spells its a great time to knuckle down and get some work done and one of my all time favourite quotes which was used in a Smorgasboarder Magazine a couple of years back.
"Nelson is the working mans Surf Town, but when the waves are On..... dont be caught working"

Anyway moving on..... the water temperature is about to fall rapidly with chilly mornings this last week but there is something to embrace in that chilly air whereby winds tend to stay calm and sea breezes become a past life kiteboarders fantasy. The crowds thin out as the grommets cant afford good wetsuits and people start thinking about other boarding careers up in the snowy white tops.

So, look forward to some waves not this weekend but next and maybe get away to the east and west before the temperatures there become, Unreasonable.

Winter....... Come at me.

Friday, April 8, 2016


I think the title sums it up folks. Not only did we run a fun surfevent alongside the free surfing we also had a massive turnout an awesome BBQ and Drinks  but the waves were absoloutely off the richter scale!! I hardly feel the energy to type about it as Im sure most of you were there anyhow but heres a couple of photos and the results of our club comp.
(above): Raefe Murray finding his inner most free surfer.
Official Results: OPEN 1st place Jackson Gregory, 2nd place Marco Edwards, 3rd place Ross Burdon 4th place Jeremy Pooley ..... LONGBOARD 1st place Ben Windpipe 2nd place Jackson Gregory ...tied 3rd place Geoff Noble Geoff Schuler .. OVER 40 1st place Rob Sheridan 2nd place Glen Aspin 3rd place Sam Dillon 4th place Graham Clark JUNIOR 1st place Zac Dillon. 2nd place Aulay Ferguson 3rd place Josh Sheridan 4th Place Emma Pegg .

Top: Zac Dillon    Centre: Event Winner Jackson Gregory and Bottom: Runner Up Marco Edwards

Wednesday, April 6, 2016


If you werent aware Nelson boardriders now has a facebook page and it is fast becoming the popular place to go to post photos etc. Never fear if you dont use facebook this blog will still exist for a more classic approach to viewing weather links short stories etc,,, but thought I would mention there is about 500 new photos uploaded to that page since the mega sucessful club day saturday.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Mi-Gym Joins The Club!!

We are very happy to announce that Nelsons own Mi-Gym has jumped on board with sponsorship for the club and as a winter special  offer the club a 6month deal to get them through winter. 6months at $17.90pw which includes 24hr access (total saving = $80). For every member that joins before May 31st we'll give the club $20 back. All contact regarding this special please contact Trevor 

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

The New Brew and the Poo

Living and surfing in Nelson for just on 13 years now I have seen a lot of things change and a lot of things stay the same. Seeing the Top Twins pull up at Snappers a couple of days ago was no exception. Aside from that myself and others have noticed lately, the rise of young talent starting to emerge from a semi-docile last few years we now have a full grommet attack rising from the depths with Josh Kensey-Sheridan (Ruby Bay) , Aulay Ferguson, Zac Dillon, Emma Pegg and a handful of othe kids all starting to get their acts together out in the water.The most important thing that sets this brat-pack apart from grommets of previous years is their age ranging from 13 to 15 years old with at least 3 more years of living and surfing in Nelson I for one am super excited to watch these guys and girls develop over the coming time.
Putting this into a boardriders club perspective this is perhaps perfect timing as we aim to push the club into a less stagnant group of actually doing stuff rather than saying and with that brings me to another topic.......poo.

I have occasionally smelt and seen the odd suss looking object out at Snappers over the years too but a couple of days ago was totally disgusted to see actual flakes of human faeces covered in mould floating around in the lineup. I hear from unofficial sources hat the plant pushes out 100parts to one of treated sewerage out of the outfall where the National average is 25 parts to one.
As a club we need to speak up because surfing at Snappers came way before poo-pumping although I have seen some pretty strange surfing styles on occasion.
The Nelson Mail is going to hear about this in the next couple of days and I invite anyone on hand to get involved in really sticking it to those responsible for the Snappers treatment plant.
Mouldy poo's just dont really sit right with me. Especially not beside me in the lineup.

Some awesome swell coming, see you in the soup.

Monday, March 21, 2016


Everyone all over the shop here and there and faulty forecast so will put off until we get a solid weekend swell forecast. Stay tuned !!

Thursday, March 17, 2016

For Sale

Last season winter suit, Great Condition Oneill 4/3 psycho3
Size large WARM AS TOAST 200bux.  ph/txt 02102472729

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Cape Classic Outcome!!

A giant congratulations to Glen local grommet Zac Dillon finishing 4th place in the under17 division of the Cape Classic in Westport last weekend!!! Local surfer Pat Griffin surfing in his first contest competed well also with a quarter final birth in the juniors and myself finishing 9th in the Open and 5th in the Senior and 5th in the Masters divisions.
MASSIVE THANKYOU to MOANA NZ SUP and HOGEYS SURF for Bank-Rolling us down there !!

News Flash: Flat Spell Imminent

Hold on to your heads Surf City civilians as we go for a little ride of flat sea with no waves for at least a fortnight maybe even 3 weeks,.... Hueys way of telling us to catch up with things on the home/work front perhaps!!! Kia-Kaha !!

Photo of The Week

This weeks photo comes from Dale Cooley, the shot is of Sam Dillon during one of those crazy sunsets last week, the location is somewhere along the Boulder Bank. Great Shot!!

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Monday, February 15, 2016

For Sully

For Sale: Hi there got a 7'3 "7s" Fish/Mini Mal to get rid of for a mate comes with cover. basically mint condition, 500buk firm. Also have a couple 2nd hand girls wetsuits surplus to requirement size 12 and 14, cheers.please contact ph/txt 02102472729

Monday, February 8, 2016

Steamy Saturday

(above): Jeremy Pooley finding some free down the line flow.
With Waitangi Day air temperature floating around the 30 degree mark and the sea surface temp a balmy 24 degrees Saturday saw possibly the warmest session going down in Nelson surf history!!
As near good as it gets 3-4 sets charged through Snappers relentlessly with super consistency heaps of waves going down but along with this also a heap of people and sometimes the traffic almost ruined the day. A few heated words in the water has lead me to a bit of a reminder to those who dont know or sometimes "forget" the etiquette that goes along with surfing.

1: Sharing is Caring, but this doesnt mean 5 people paddling for the same wave. If someone is on the Inside ( closest to breaking curl ) and they look like a fair chance of catching the wave then it is
down right rude to paddle for the wave unless its your mate and you deliberately want to annoy!!

2: When paddling out and a surfer is riding a wave it is your obligation to get out of the way and this
means paddling to the inside broken water not the shoulder thus allowing the rider free down the
 line pathway unless you are so far out on the shoulder that this option is not viable,
 Bottom line,  Get out of the way!! No one wants to see carnage of both board and body.

3:  Sharing is caring 2.0  -   If someone looks like they havent got a wave for a while then give em a   chance.... call them into a wave or gift them a wave, You will feel awesome for it and then they           owe you one right? !!!

4:  Be honest with yourself......  are you really going to make that section?? If not then shout "go"
 There is nothing worse than a wave going to waste because someone thinks they are super human,
(above): Hayden Goulding doing a dam fine KS impersonation.

*With all the above said... Snappers is a frustrating wave when crowded due to the shiftiness of the
   peak and no real designated "inside"...... the best etiquette in    surfing is the taking turns game... if    you're honest with yourself know who hasnt had a wave for   a while and if you are one who sits on the shoulder complaining  others who paddle past you have to be in it to win it... it isnt a   lunch  line!!!

So here is the simplified contradictory version.
1: Take turns
2: Closest to the peak wins
3: Get out of the way.

A final note:  Local surf girl Cindy Mosey basically summed it up the other day by telling all the boys to "pull their heads in" ... "Its not the world tour"... and " Were all out here to have fun".

Brutal truths.

See you Next Swell.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Friday, January 15, 2016

Surf City Back With a Vengeance......

(above): Prime Smoke Schnapper...   Photo: Mammoth

It seemed only about 3 weeks ago we were all having a cry about the lack of surf lately and then all of a sudden as the unpredictable Surf City does...... it all got turned on its head.
It all started a couple of days out from New Years day with a small goundswell from sub tropical low just shy of being a cyclone then before we knew it we got smashed by a blustery Northwester with that one particular afternoon producing the goods at a "mythical" rivermouth...

The above mentioned surf was rather thick crowd wise with numbers around the 25 mark but there were plenty of waves to be had and everyone left the water stoked and Mike Baker even had time to produce this little clip shot from his goPro.

Now if thats not enough to fuel your fire then last week Cyclone Ulu hovers about overhead sending down some delectible delights in the form of a super clean groundswell with the Thursday morning just about as good as waves get in the 4ft range there were even some tubes on offer...

So you could say its been a great start to the year and remember
...."you never know your luck in Surf City"

Monday, January 4, 2016

Happy New Year 2016

Welcome back everybody!! Was a great to start the year with some waves in good old surf city..
A little small but beggars cant be chosers and with more on the way.... why worry!!
Quite a promising start to the Cyclone season with that little sub-troppo low forming just shy of our sweet spot and with the MJO ( google is your friend ) soon to be lurking above our respected pacific heads things could get pretty special this season........ just saying.

Local longboarder Ben Winmill is currently in Noosa with his mate filming the Documentary "Way Back When" and sent a shot of him and his mate interviewing legendary shaper Peter Way a couple of days ago. Totally looking forward to this docco with a vague planned viewing intertwined with a boardriders club meet.

Now just to keep things super fruity for the New Year sit back and relax to this little Miki Dora clip.

chasing dora from eclipse surfboards on Vimeo.

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