Saturday, 29 November 2008


Yesterday.. a rocky corner of a local playground

Sunday, 23 November 2008

Kaikorai Estuary


A walk around the Kaikorai Estuary late at night

Saturday, 22 November 2008

Jay @ brights


I used to put heaps of shots up of Jay, but he gets them all for his own blog now. Here are a few shots from last week when I was getting the goods for him.

Thursday, 20 November 2008

Boulder Beach Conservation Area - temp closure


The Coastal Otago Area Manager has approved the temporary closure of the Boulder Beach Conservation Area from 1 December 2008 through to 28 February 2009. The closure has been undertaken for the past two years in order to protect hoiho/yellow-eyed penguins during their breeding season. Research at this site and adjacent sites has indicated that lower breeding success and low chick fledging weights are caused by human disturbance during this period, which may have a dramatic impact on first-year (juvenile) survival and the viability of the species at this location. Entry to the area during this period without a permit from the Area Manager is prohibited, and will be monitored regularly.

Notices will be placed in the Otago Daily Times this week and next week, and signage will be in place outside the reserve and all tracks leading down (Highcliff, Buskin and Paradise)

Wednesday, 19 November 2008

All go with Olo in Hawaii


Charlie Parker at the reef Hawaiian Pro.
If you want to keep up to date with the boards journey in hawaii, the NZ Hikoi blog is now following the hawaii leg.
There are some great posts already.

Sunday, 16 November 2008

The Olo is now in Hawaii

Some of you may remember that during April and May this year some surfers in Dunedin took part in a special Hikoi that was travelling the length of New Zealand. A 13ft hollow core wooden surfboard crafted by Roy Stewart.

Before the board left for its journey around New Zealand, it was earmarked for the Pipeline challenge In Hawaii. This came about due to claims made by Roy on an overseas surfing message board, Roy said "1) My claim is that I have a longboard design which would do exceptionally well at pipeline. 2) Bill Barnfield's claim on Swaylock's that it will be impossible for any of my boards to ride pipeline, and that I'm an irresponsible fraudster for suggesting that they can.." Donations were taken from all over the world for its freight to Hawaii so the board could "live up to his claims".

The fundraising fell short last year, so the concept was seeded for the board to travel NZ amongst members of the message board "to test for themselves" the claims Roy made about his design, and the boards performance. .. the Olo Hikoi was born. I documented this on another blog at
** update - I am now blogging the Hawaii journey!

While in Dunedin the board was ridden by many locals including Jimi, Jono, Hayley, Homer, Jay, Caity, Beano and even me.

(above, Jay) There was a bit of hype around the world amoungst the naysayers about Shayne Baxter riding the board, with talk of him taking it out at Papatowai. This was to be the NZ version of testing it in 'as close to' Pipeline-like conditions by a more than competent big wave surfer. Shayne was enthuseastic at first, and did ride the board at St Clair straight after the South Islands comp finished. He rode it skillfully and pushed it hard, as well as getting 5 over the nose ( which Roy said it wasn't designed to do),

but unfortunately, he did not show any further interest in surfing it at Papas after his experience at Clair. The board continued its journey back up the South Island, and back to Roys dwelling near Hastings.

I think that more than a few people just got sick of Roy's adamance over the boards performance.. as the debate had been going on for many years. Just recently his bluff was called, and the full cost of airfreight was offered by one individual for its trip to Hawaii. The 13footer left from Auckland airport and arrived in Hawaii on the 12th of November.. a whole year to the day since the NZ Hikoi was birthed.
After a hiccup at customs, the board was released into the custody of Randy Rarick.
A few surfers have taken the board out at South Shore in soft waist to head high surf, But so far no official photos or reports. Just that they admired the craftsmanship.
It was tentaviely arranged for the board to be ridden during a 20 minute gap in heats during the pipe final, and to be on display at all three triple crown events. It was sighted on display the first day, but hasnt been seen since. I contacted Garett McNamara and asked if he was up for a challenge, he replied he was interested to take a look, and would contact Randy. Rumours now are that he is "in the batters box" to ride the Olo at Pipe. Time and fate will end the story soon.. a number of scenarios may be fulfilled..
  • The board has actually disappeared.. perhaps due to realised threats by chainsaw yeilding locals.. and becomes a nest of tables in some shack somewhere.
  • It does get ridden at Pumping Pipe, and gets splintered on its first wave.
  • It is sucessful at Pipe, but kills some poor guy in its path while he paddles out.
Someone said "If someone does ride it in big Pipe though, does it really mean anything? People get barreled there on McDonald's trays."
Some say its too much to ask to have someone risk their life to test it at pipe just to prove a claim. Roy says hes not asking anyone to, but the board is in Hawaii to be ridden as it was available to be ridden throughout NZ.
(Pic below - Roy 'corrected' the original Greg Noll picture himself)

I am eager to see how the Journey continues to unfold.. and how the personality of Roy Stewart handles the outcome. If you're interested to waste about an hour of your life, that you will never get back again, click through to the (so far) 18 page thread on the Surfer mag message board click here * warning, some R18 content* . This is just the current thread of the multitudes of threads on many message boards around the world about this "Olo Pipeline challenge".

Saturday, 15 November 2008

Black Light


Shooting straight into the sun is a challenge, but the results can be emotive and artful.
With the shifting light of late evening in Dunedin, other angles gain different effects.

Friday, 14 November 2008

Westport - the Journey Home


A few pics from our journey home from Westport.

We stopped in Oamaru checked out the surf shop, and got an invite upstairs for a skate.
Below Hayley getting some height.

Tuesday, 11 November 2008



yes I know I am,

Saturday, 8 November 2008

Rising Tall

The hotel on the corner of The Esplanade and Beach St, rising tall.

Above left: a month or so ago, right from above the salt water pool.
Below, Swell Cafe, coated in glass, close to finished.

Wednesday, 5 November 2008

Wekastitch Cape Classic - part 2


More pics from the Wekastitch cape Classic over labour weekend. I got hundreds so if you want me to send some thumbs of you let me know.

Sunday, 2 November 2008

Back from Pipe


Got to Kilda about 4, and there were 4 out.. looked good, but strong winds. The sun was dancing in and out of the clouds, so some of the duller shots I converted to Sepia and black and white. I took the pulled back approach for most of the shots today as the spray from the waves was playing havoc with the focus.

After about an hour of shooting, a flood of surfers arrived and the crowd swelled to about 30 spread along 3 peaks.

I got heaps of shots, I haven't the time to put them all up here so I might make a second post in a few weeks.

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