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 

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...