Tuesday, October 27, 2009

1st resident of Denmark surf!

I forgot to mention that, having finally moved into the new Denmark house on Saturday, we scored a surf on Monday afternoon.
After days of South Easterly winds, thunderstorms were forecast for late in the day on Monday, so we knew the wind would be more favourable even if it meant surfing amongst the thunder, lightening and rain ( luckily surfing is a wet weather sport! ).
In the morning we had to return to Albany to take a few things to the auction and get the rest of the bigger furniture items into the garage ready to picked by Good Sammys.
We got back to Denmark around 2.30pm, loaded up Gerty the i30, just as it was starting to set in, raced down to Ocean Beach to find a pleasant little wave working off the usual bank near the point. We surfed in rain, thunder and lightening for awhile before it eventually passed through and was quite pleasant.
There were just a few people out at first but then it got a bit busy understandably.
Apparently it was much better in the morning with head high sets and long rides, but I got a couple of beauties on the 9' 6" Walden Magic ( it is a terrific longboard wave! )and got out after an hour and half or so a happy boy!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Checking the surf conditions

One of the most useful sites I use to check the surf around here is the data from the Near Real Time Wave Data site run by the DPI here in Western Australia.
It is particularly useful, not only because it provides close to up to the minute wave conditions, but local sea and swell direction which can be highly influential on the prevailing conditions.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Handboarding 2

Hayes handboards

Even legends like TC are into SUP!

Great SUP footage!

Love the foot movement, particularly how he moves into a surfing position as soon as he starts paddling hard rather than waiting until he has actually caught the wave and the switchfoot near the end. A great demonstration of the possibilities a SUP provides for the rider even on a small wave. Thanks to Blane Chambers at Stand up Zone.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The Surf Shack is complete!

Well, enough so as we can move in now and get the place insured thank goodness!
The colour scheme is the product of the resident artist's imagination although to be truthful the blue floor covering with the black inserts arose out of necessity more than design but looks purty anyway!
Full details from go to wo of the project to build a new home for ourselves over the next little while at my latest blog "The Surf Shack"

Tuesday, October 6, 2009