Saturday, December 15, 2012

Parko World Champ!

Joel becomes world champ after Slater crashed out in the semis of the Pipe Masters.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Thanks for Greenies

Greenball was the call from Danno last evening, so we were all in the water before 6a.m.! It was pretty solid, the current strongly sweeping towards Baishawan and the sets had a fair bit of power and reasonable size. As always, the faces were smoothed off, an easy takeoff then some fast sections. Dave was a bit rusty but managed to enjoy himself and the Robinson trio of Dan, Zef and visiting brother John all got some beauties. As always a few scrapes and bumps were had getting out!! (The last shot is of a deserted Pillbox which Dave checked on the way home: it's still doing it's thing even though the tide was not ideal) Check video of Greenies here.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Great White again?

Another Great White shark has been caught off the east coast.

Friday, November 09, 2012


Further to my recent post on apps for tablets/phones etc. this is another gem that can be tailored to your personal interests, including surf. Download this app and customize your magazine. it's quick, and it works! Happy reading!

Thursday, November 01, 2012


If you’re using apps on your smartphone or tablet, check out “Google Currents”.
I downloaded it on the iPad and I’ve found “Surfer” and “Surfing magazine” on there. There are 100s of other mags.
The surfing mags have great photos and stories and even videos embedded…best of all, it’s all free!

Greenies lighting up

Just uploaded by the Jinshan "Tube" boys, looks like Greenies is tempting on a guy out! (photo courtesy of 波管工廠)

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Shark Shock

Dan L. reports that they caught a large great white shark somewhere off Ilan last weekend. This is the first time he's ever heard of something like this. I have a hazy memory of reading something like this about 5 years back....
Here's a link to the story
Taiwan banned shark finning last year and this might be a sign that the ocean ecology is improving. I'm all for that, just hope that big boppas like this one stay away from me!

Sunday, October 28, 2012


Yes, I know......I've actually got out to the coast!! Gazza went to see "Chasing Mavericks" on Friday night and after I saw him in the corridor and Dan on Friday night and told them how long it had been, well.........I just had to get out!

Suffice to say, I picked the most wind-swept awful day to renegotiate the mountain road. The boys at Pointies (top pic) were just floating around and the crew at The Cliff did calisthenics for at least 10 minutes....looked like they didn't want a part of it!

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Look at this again...

Matahi Drollet at Chopes. Oh, by the way he's only 14. Here's the vid.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Fifty (yes, 50!) tour wins.

A valiant and carving Parko could do nothing to stop the amazing Kelly Slater's 50th tour title.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

The Zefmeister

The kiddies showing us all how to mix it up...

Tuesday, August 14, 2012


Danno about to get nicely shacked at Jinshan. Looks like there were some non-halcyon days at Jinshan from August 4 through to August 8, nice swell lines and size with some offshore winds. Photo courtesy of 波管工廠

Sunday, August 12, 2012

We're back!

Dave and Ross caught a few at the isolated spot known as Bluetops on the south coast of NZ down from Dunedin. Newcastle also had its fair share of pumping swell over the break and some good waves were to be had on the shoulders of the swell window. Gary reports rare overhead barrels in front of his place in Queensland. How did everyone else fare? Let me know...

Sunday, June 03, 2012

Taiwan or elsewhere?

Wherever you are in the next couple of months, stay safe and hopefully get a wave or three. I'm looking forward to some Merewether time with friends, hopefully we'll get a little swell from time to time. I'm determined to make a better effort of keeping "Pointyhat" more up-to-date and relevant when I get back, so to that end, take a few shots that you'd be willing to share on here. I also want one of our favourite segments, Pointy of the Month, to make a comeback. There are a few people who need an entry and then we might even have a second round(!). Have fun, see you back mid August!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

overhead Baisha!

Tobes and Aaron got some good juice at Baishawan this morning. Tobes was still as amped as a kid in a lolly shop later this afternoon! Will they go back for more in the morning???

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Slop to Silk

Typical sloppy carnage on Saturday (top), but Sunday cleaned up to throw up a few nice offshore peaks over at Wushi.
Looked like it was pretty nice....    (thanks Surfella for the photos)

Friday, April 27, 2012

Smooth and languid

A few small, smooth lines push through at Wushi Gang this morning (thanks Surfella for photo)

Friday, March 30, 2012

The King Is Dead

The King of Kirra, the man who defeated the legendary MR in his prime, the star of Albie's "Morning of the Earth", surfing's soul guru is dead. Thanks for the memories, MP.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

This video is AWESOME!

Check the video above. Do yourself a favour and click it onto "HD", fullscreen it, sit back and enjoy something very special. (Now OFF...only for a limited time, hope you caught it) Link here

How good are professional surfers?!

The current crop of men and women on the pro circuit continue to display almost super-human skill. Surfest, at Merewether (Dave's home break) is serving up only very average waves at the moment, but the maneuvers have to be seen to be believed. Check it out here. Bells is soon!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Newcastle's SURFEST now on!

NEWCASTLE, NSW/Australia (Wednesday, March 14, 2012) – Merewether once again played host to an array of the world’s best surfers as the ASP 6-Star Burton Toyota Pro hit the water for the Round of 96, the Round that sees the top seeds enter the draw. The surf was in the 2 to 3 foot (1 – 1.5 meter) range with some nice walls and rippable sections on offer. Check it here

Live webcast can be found here

Sunday, March 04, 2012

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Greenball lights up

Dan, Zef, Chris and Zac all got some beauties at Greenball this morning. Zef "got nailed" before he came in, and there were a few cleanup sets around. Dan thought it was a bit sectiony when he first arrived but was really pleased with the wave quality when he got out there. He's nursing some cuts to his foot from the coral but had an excellent time. Dave didn't even pack a board so he wasn't tempted to re-injure his healing rib!

Monday, February 06, 2012

New wetsuit and boardies...

Sounds interesting here

Monday, January 30, 2012

While cold and wet in Taiwan,.....Bali was different!

While it was cold and wet in Taiwan for the majority of the week...........
Big Gazza scored some pumping sessions in Bali over the break. Serangan had good surf every day with some days really amped up. He grabbed the camera to take a few shots after one session (above) and reports that his old body just managed to hold together throughout!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Nan Ao t of this world!

WOW! What a day. Dan drove Zef, Dave and Simon down to Nan Ao after an early morning start at 4.45. We were in the water at 7 and it was stellar. Powerful walls, crumbling takeoff before a steep drive into the bank and the best waves screamed down the line to ease out on the shoreline 100 metres away from the take off zone. Everyone had at least two sessions, wringing the most from the day. Dan was ripping on his Chili shortboard, Zef was showing surfing maturity beyond his years (and courage!) and Simon and Dave each got a slew of beauties to put in the memory bank. Dave appears to have injured a rib or two, injury occurring on the very first wave of the day... Update: just back from hospital, one fracture, no displacement, lot of muscle tear, but should "recover quickly"...righto Doc, I'll hold you to that!