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"