Sunday, April 29, 2007

Good day at the "Cliff"

Carl stylin' on a backhand

nice lineup

Carl says, "Get out of my way!"

Dave hits the backhand reo, Carl looks on

Carl and Dave had a great day out at Jinshan 2 (the cliff) today. With Pointies and Rocket too full, a tidy little peak kept them both interested at Jinshan 2, down the beach a bit. Video above has Dave going along one of the nice walling lefts: the right was a little weaker. Video and photos courtesy of interpid surf shutterbug, Cassy.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Site Update

  • I've tidied up and re-ordered the Taiwan links for a bit more ease of use.
  • There is a very heavy video above, not for the faint hearted.
  • A new links section, "pod/vodcasts" with some very exciting footage to view from here or download onto your iPod.
  • Another new links section, "photos" has links to some great surf photographers.
  • I've eliminated or updated as many "dead" links as I could find: let me know if there are any others please.
  • I've added a video (thanks Johnsy!) under "videos" of surfing the bore in the Amazon...pretty amazing.
  • Lastly, during our last makeover, I lost a number of links, especially NZ ones that people had given me. Please give me those links (or any others you'd like to see) for adding to the site. If you'd like a new links section, let me know as well.
  • Let's hope for a bit of swell on the weekend!!

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Scotland the Brave

These guys are really is as cold as it looks and its Spring! A couple of days later, the North Sea had gone back to usual: lazy, small swells. The little jetties are to stop the sand getting eaten away: apparently a huge storm a few years ago took all the sand with it. No more reports from time I go back I'll be riding a motorbike I think, not waves!

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Aberdeen: COLD!

I'm in Aberdeen at a conference and have to say, these Aberdeen surfers are tough bastards. Just wading in the water, I nearly got hyperthermia, but these guys are getting out there for what I might delicately call "fairly poor quality" surf. Searched out some local lads who said (I think!) that it does have some good days, but it is COLD. Enough said. Never thought I'd say it, but take me back to Taiwan!

Sunday, April 15, 2007

East Coast travels

Pretty flat and uninspiring this weekend, but Dave made a mid-week trip to the east coast for these shots. Full onshore, but still had some potential, especially near the Wushi Harbour wall (bottom 2 shots). The "Taj Mahal", Dan's preferred break, was not great this day, but a few local boys were making the best of it.

Friday, April 13, 2007

Bali Bliss

Big Gazza had two surfs this lucky eh?! He got Airport Lefts at a beautiful size with some even wind and not much of a crowd last week on our break. No wonder he keeps going back......

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

The Greatest of all time..

Rugby League's greatest player was forced into premature retirement yesterday by injury.
"Joey" Johns has featured on these pages before for his surfing ability which was good enough to see him ride 15 foot Merewether stormies with local heroes MR and Luke Egan, but his football skills were sublime. Newcastle and the rugby league world are in mourning today... I'm having the day off: I'm inconsolable...

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Pointy of the Month: Big Josh

Name or nickname: Big Tranh, Symesy, Booza (back in the day)
Favorite surfing beach: Winkipop (when it is under 5 foot!!) / Dreamlands
Best surfing moment (describe): Surfing at Dreamlands in Bali. We stayed in a hut near the beach, woke up at sunrise to 4 foot, offshore and glassy. No one else turned up for 2 and a half hours.
Surfing hero (and why):Gotta be Kelly Slater, the man can do anything.
Favored board type: My 6’10” Fish
Surfing maneuver you’d love to do: Anything more than just standing up and going straight ahead.
Dream surf spot: Bali – so many beautiful breaks
Other sport (play) and (watch): Cricket, Aussie Rules, Rugby
Greatest personal sporting moment(s): Vic Country U/18 Cricket Team / being named “Pointy of the Month”.
Ultimate pin up: Kristin (of course). Sarah O’Hare / Angelina Jolie.
Food: Roast Lamb
Drink (variety): Crownies
Thing you miss most about home: Regular surf. The wide open spaces, and beautiful beaches. Nous.
Thing you like best about Taiwan: Food. Hanging out with the lads. Travel opportunities.
Music: Xavier Rudd, Donovan Frankenreiter, Midnight Oil.
Best advice you’ve ever had: Go Hard or Go Home.
Movie: Gladiator, Billy Madison
Collections: Superhero Figures
Who would play you in a movie?: Mel Gibson in his Lethal Weapon roles.
Current car: The Purple Haze – not running right now!!
Dream car: Sandman Panelvan
Near death experience: I was surfing in Bali and got sucked under, I didn't know which way was up or down. I couldn't find my way out and thought I was gone, but luckily I lived to tell the story.
Your idea of a great night out: Starts in Taipei on a Friday night, and finishes up in another state or country on the Saturday.
Philosophy on life: Here for a good time, not a long time.

Friday, April 06, 2007

Traffic jams and empty surf

Interesting couple of days for Carl and Dave. Yesterday, stuck in a massive traffic jam on the way to the Pillbox, gave up after an hour and came home, not before Dave rammed his car into a concrete barrier trying to use his mobile (!)
Today, beautiful empty Rocket waves greeted Carl, Dave and Steve. Peaking up and bowling, it got better and better as the tide dropped. At last, a surf for spring break!!

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Let's hope...

Carl spied a very low tide Pillbox producing some tidy 2 footers with offshore on them. Pointies was still blown, as you can see from the pic. We might have a look early tomorrow to try to catch the end of this swell. (photos by Carl)

Monday, April 02, 2007

Big howling boomers

Carl reports some boomers breaking way out from the jetty at Pointies this morning. The wind is howling onshore, due north, playing havoc with conditions. The flat spell has well and truly gone, but this onshore needs to ease...keep an eye out for that window between the wind easing and the swell dropping in the next day or two.