Saturday, May 22, 2010

Nikon P100 high speed shots!

I have made this series of shots into a little movie with a couple of stills at the end just to prove that Kieran can actually surf!

Kane blasting off the top!

I love the track he has left in the wave wall behind him showing the speed he had generated before launching himself off the lip!

A big low had finally come through and the swell was already big, if a bit westerly, and on the way up!
A bit bitter and windy, Michelle and I decided today was a lay day but that it was worth having a look anyway as what better way to spend a bit of time than watching waves.
We were not surprised to find Kane out there.
The first time we came across this guy, he was on the way out in absolutely mammoth conditions at another local surf spot and we thought he might actually not get back in. Turns out he surfs it like that all the time and we needn't have worried!

These pics never give you a true idea of the conditions and too be truthful, so far within the protection of the point, the waves were not too big but out on the bay? Mayhem, which you can probably get some idea of in the shot above.
I reckon it will be getting in much more later on in the day and tomorrow too possibly although I would prefer it backed of a bit and lined up beautifully ready for me to surf before returning to work on Tuesday.
I managed to get a few good shots of Kane using my little Nikon P100 which boasts a 26 optical zoom and excellent high speed continuous shooting along with 1080HD video. A pretty awesome little camera for just over $500 AU!
Just a touch of digital zoom in some of these pics too hence the lack of quality.
I think the P100 did well to stop all the spray and movement in this considering it was hand held!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Hardcover Waveriders Volume 1

Sometime ago I discovered that for a really very reasonable price one could acquire a hardcopy of one's blog from Blog2Print.
Just for interests sake, at the time, I ordered a digital copy of my Ramsnake blog.
But my beloved Michelle, who is concerned I might not live long enough to learn to ride a surf mat well, went ahead and ordered a hardcopy of her blog and a damned fine book it turned out to be.
Today she ordered a 2nd volume of her blog so I thought
"What the heck, let's get a hardcopy of the 1st year of Waveriders posts!"
So I have made an order too, the front cover of which is shown above.
Cost $50AU or so..............Bargain!
Well, worth considering for your own blog if you care about what you write.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

I think I am turning into a..............

.......................LDWRA - Lie Down Wave Riding Addict!
Yesterday, it was quite big and lumpy with all the gun short boarders out.
For this SSEOL (Surly stink eyed old longboarder) to compete in a line-up of that nature, I am in the habit of choosing a bodyboard which allows me to easily get plenty of waves. I still have to assert myself when I first get out there, as there is a degree of WGAFATB (Who gives a fuck about the bodyboarder!) and "Oh, what a kook this guy must be not only is he on a bodyboard but he is an old bastard and he wears a helmet!"
Yep, The Buzz Lightyear look!
Anyway, they soon realise I am not there to just bob around like a big black and blue buoy that has escaped it's tether, and having established myself in the pecking order, I was having a terrific time when I accidentally took off, a little later than I normally would, on quite a big steep wave easily making what I had assumed was going to be a wipeout.
I enjoyed it so much, I found myself holding back on subsequent waves, before plunging safely down the face, dragging a fin in the face to temper the momentum and so relishing the feeling of being right in the sucky powerful part of the wave ready for a cover up if it was to occur.
Damn it is good fun and I now find myself looking forward to when the conditions/number of others means I am in for a lie down surf.
Now that is the sort of frustration free wave riding life I like!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Lusciously stunning & evocative!

Heaven or close to it! Every time I visit Daily Bread Surf Photo, I find I am unable not to look again at this beautiful image!!
Great blog - thanks Jason!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

So looking forward to joining this exclusive organisation!

The CEO!
The "Fatty" is on the way today!
With thanks to Paipopaipo