Thursday, July 30, 2009

Uh Oh!!!!!

I think all of us who ride waves have been somewhere like this before.
Oh, me you ask, well the last I can remember is the day I face planted on the front of my SUP in flat water!! Michelle cracked up and delights in telling of the incident at every opportunity.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Our surf wagon!

Thought I'd post a pic of our brilliant little Feroza that we use to get out to most of the surf spots around here.
I ended up taking a couple of pics of it because after getting one quite decent right......

the wind went cross shore and the tide turned causing the cold, cold brown water from the inlet
to flow out resulting in

the wave straightening up completely from the little it had been working!!!!
Oh well, there will always be another day and at least I got one wave whereas Michelle paddled out, straight back in again and that was it for her!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Stoke? Staying down inside the wave!

I have really enjoyed rediscovering the fun that choosing to ride a body board delivers.
For me, one of the most exciting aspects of wave riding is seeing, as one is taking off, a wall such as that depicted above stretching out ahead.
If I am riding the fish or longboard, as soon as I stand up, I lose that perspective particularly as I don't ride waves more than head height normally as more than that scares the shit out of me.
My great discovery re bodyboarding is that the perspective is retained and that just totally amps up the buzz in a session.
The confidence I have gained, means that I am now more willing to take off on my fish or longboard when I see this view rather than choosing to opt out.
Still learning!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009


What all of us would like to see as we walk expectantly over the final dune.
Muchos gracias to 6ftnperfect for happening to be there!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Denmark River inlet opening

Hundreds of people turn up to watch and this year was no exception.
They choreograph this event wonderfully with a massive digger commencing to dig the 3 metre wide trench some hours before the official opening time of 1pm.
This picture shows the now somewhat wider trench 24 hours later and the sand moving up towards the point just where we want it to go!

From above the point looking back towards the inlet opening, here is how it should look once it settles down.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Looking forward to our new local break

It has been a pretty ordinary winter of surfing so far here in Albany.
A couple of days ago, Michelle and I took a bit of a break from cladding inside our new home and checked out what was happening surfwise at Ocean Beach which is the main break in Denmark. It was going off around the beach from head high down and totally glassed off. Surfers were running from everywhere to partake of the spoils.
So yesterday, Michelle and I popped our boards on the i30 just in case there was still a nice wave at Ocean Beach that we could partake of before another building session at the Denmark block.
And it delivered right in front of the clubhouse, a small and shapely uncrowded wave pretty similar to the pic on the left. If I didn't actually know the source of that image, I would swear that was Michelle riding the wave. We were so impressed that we have pretty well given up on Albany wave riding and left our longboards up in Denmark ready to use again very soon!