Thursday, January 31, 2008

Pointy of the Month: Greg

Name or nickname: Greg (GC), no doubt some others that people haven’t told me about.
Favorite surfing beach: Baishawan or St. Clair, Dunedin, NZ (if it wasn’t for the wild life)
Best surfing moment (describe): Getting up that first time – can’t wait until the second time!
Surfing hero (and why): Anybody who can stand up regularly, but, gotta love Laird
Favored board type: Anything over 8ft long and preferably 2 ft wide!
Surfing maneuver you’d love to do: Stand up and ride a wave for more than 5 seconds – honestly!
Dream surf spot: 3-4 ft, empty Indo reef break, water 28deg, 50ft yacht moored off shore with tender ferrying me and a few of my buddies in and out all day long (as long as the coral wasn’t too sharp and I didn’t fall onto any of it – don’t’ really care if my buddies do though).
Other sport (play) and (watch): Sailing, Rugby, Basketball
Greatest personal sporting moment(s): Cleaning up at the Hawkes Bay (NZ) Surf Life Saving Champs while still a member of another club from another region, Two week surfing and skiing trip around the South Island NZ
Ultimate pin up: Jessica A (even if she is pregnant), for someone closer to my own age of…40, Monica Bellucci is pretty hot!
Food: Fish and Chips or Indian, or Indian Fish and Chips (do they do that?)
Drink (variety): Beer Speights (NZ), Wine Sauvignon Blanc NZ or Australian
Thing you miss most about home: Good Fish and Chips
Thing you like best about Taiwan: Lawlessness on the roads, convenience, people.
Music: Deep Purple (always), Led Zepp, Clapton, Stones, Alice etc but happy to branch out into some Life House, Goo Goo Dolls, Evermore and not afraid to admit I do have some 70’s schmooze in the form of Burt Bacharach and others.
Best advice you’ve ever had: An eye for an eye leaves everybody blind! Not sure if I could follow it though.
Movie: Too many – I have to watch, no matter how many times I have seen them – The Negotiator, Spy Game, Enemy of the State, The Matrix and I do have the original Star Trek series and movies.
Collections: Original Star Trek Episodes
Who would play you in a movie? Kirk (ok maybe Uhura), or the little guy off Fantasy Island, you know - “boss, de plane de plane”
Current car: Space Gear
Dream car: 08 Honda Fireblade 1100 – I know, not a car, but man I would like one
Near death experience: Many here – Ball Bearing trolleys down steep narrow footpaths, 4 man surf canoes in big surf, landing in a typhoon at Chiang Kai Shek Airport a couple of years ago and all flights on China Airlines + flying in mega turbulence on X Plane Flight Sim, and every time I landed at Kai Tak (for real)
Your idea of a great night out: Good food, good movie, good coffee, with good friends
Philosophy on life: Do it to them before they do it to you – (goes with the best advice I ever had). Look before you leap but don’t forget, he who hesitates is lost.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Big Green Ball Rolls in Again...

Green Ball's very large power swells were surging through again this afternoon. Dan and Dave made it out just on high tide and got through the ferocious bank breaking on rock. The current was super strong and it took ages and lots of effort to paddle to the take off point. Dan ripped up a succession of big power slabs, but scaredy cat Dave took an hour to get his first wave after getting slammed by a couple of boppers. They stayed till the tide was getting too low and the swell was dropping off. Dan's lovin' it, Dave's determined to conquer this spot, so roll on the next storm surf!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Bustin' Down the Door

"Bustin’ Down the Door" features professional surfing icons Shaun Tomson, Mark Richards, Ian Cairns, Peter Townend, ASP President Wayne Bartholomew among others in the story of how this brash group of phenomenal surfers broke boundaries on the North Shore in the 1970s. Watch the trailer here.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Green Ball goes off

Everywhere else totally blown, Dan made a good call for Green Ball. After coming from both directions, Green Ball had size, power and shelter... it was good. Dave and JB discussed how to paddle out, but Jim's longboard wasn't a good fit for these waves. Dan carved up a number of power lefts, joined by old mate Clayton for a while. Dave couldn't get the fish to turn at all, but still managed to kook a few. This is a power wave and a good wave...quite exhilerating. Dan decided he liked his oft maligned shortboard after all I think!
Photos by Cass: Dan and Dave discuss conditions, Dave sequence (no turns!)