Sunday, 28 February 2010

Otago Tsunami Warning


Tsunami warnings have been posted around the Pacific, including New Zealand, Mexico, the USA's Hawaii and California, Japan and Russia and the Australian East Coast (south of Queenslands Double Island Point to the southern tip of Tasmania) after a massive earthquake near Chile's second largest city Conception.

At least 147 people are dead in Chile following the 8.8 magnitude quake. After the earthquake, a tsunami warning was issued and a wave measuring 2.34 metres was measured in Talcahuano, Chile. Later in the morning a wave of 0.35 metres was measured at Easter Island.

Current national modeling information indicates the risk to the Otago coastline of a wave height of less than 1.00 metre.
However, strong currents and unusual tidal effects may continue over the next 12 hours.

Below, At 9.45am about when the Tsunami was supposed to Hit the Otago Coast, clean sets still peeled through, with only a slight receding of water at the shore, and without noticing the tide was back to normal. A police officer stood at the edge of the Domain with members of the public watching the sea. (?) while another officer calls in a local surfer.

As a precautionary measure people in Otago are advised to:

1. Stay off beaches

2. Stay out of the water (sea, rivers and estuaries, including boating activities)

3. Do not go sightseeing

4. Listen to the radio and/or TV for updates

5. Follow instructions of your local Civil Defence authorities.

MCDEM and scientific advisors are closely monitoring the situation to determine the likely severity of the threat to New Zealand.

Police are patrolling Dunedin beaches as they are able to ensure people are out of the water and away from the coast.

Staff from Otago Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) Group have been closely monitoring the situation through the night.

Friday, 26 February 2010

Otago Harbour Plans Revealed


The company last night presented details of its environmental assessment of its "next generation" project to a community consultation group, the Department of Conservation and Otakou-based iwi.

After more consultation, Port Otago plans to apply to the Otago Regional Council for resource consent, which would be publicly notified, in April.

The work would begin only if major shipping lines confirmed visits of larger capacity ships, Mr Plunket said. But resource consent was needed now because of the long lead-in time.

The Dunedin Forest Fires


A spark from a logging truck around Mt Allen outside Dunedin created an out-of-control fire which burned for over three days. These images were taken on the second day, first one (above) mid afternoon from Andersons bay Rd South Dunedin of the smoke plume hovering over the suburb of Mornington. Below sunset about 8.30pm looking over the Kaikorai Estuary.

Above left: again looking over the Kaikorai Estuary about 8am with the cloud plume brushing over the top of Saddle Hill. Above right: taken from my front gate at about 9pm with the smoke Haze pushing down over saddle Hill. Below, just after 9pm light fading from my front gate again.

Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Day 2 - Hyundai Longboard Pro Dunedin


Gorgeous light in the morning. I missed the first few heats, but set myself up to get some mood shots for the Womens Semi Final. Above: I think Daisy Thomas. Below left: Local Tash Civil tucks into the green room in a very close heat, just pipped out of a finals berth by .4 of a point

Above: Leroy Rust, stepping to the nose.. big congrats on your soild surfing all weekend resulting in second place in the Open. Below left: Shayne Baxter, taking out the Paddle Board final, powering with your unique style. below right: Mike Thomson

Below: the comp site, decked out with a bit of vehicular eye candy. A massive Thanks to Hyundai for your support of longboarding in New Zealand.

Above: Jae Kilgour, local hero, so stoked to see you surfing with such style and control over the weekend, congrats on your placing in the finals of the Juniors. below left: Mischa Davis winner of the womens longboard. Below Right: Sam Poulter.. oozing old skool style, a joy to watch you surf.

Above: Daniel Procter took out the main event with a very tight heat. And Mike Thomson again below, placed 1st in the over 50's.

Full results and article here

Heaps more shots, sorry I couldn't put everyone up.
There is an excellent video below of the event by NZ Greenroom Productions

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Phoam Surf Blog is 4 years old today!


4th Birthday
Today celebrates FOUR years since I started the Phoam Surf Blog

Covering Surfing and Coastal issues in the deep south of New Zealand.

With 981 posts and 1765 commets, there has been thousands of hours on the beach photographing free surfing and surf competitions. Extensive travelling and thousands of hours in front of the computer photoshopping, editing film, and joyful labour at the easel painting. Not to mention the four other blogs I have launched.
Save Ocean Beach 13foot of Wood Friends of Blackhead Contributions to the Big Rock Boardriders blog. And my photo contributions to my partner's blog at Boardriding Scooter Trash

However, this blog did not start out with its current title.
It was originally Nic's Southern Surf and Art, screen shot below from November 2006

There have been a number of revamps of the template over the years, such as this one below: which was celebrating 20,000 hits.

Sitemeter has now recorded over 150,000 hits

Below is a series of covers I did for the first few years, heading up each month in a mnagazine style. I would like to find the time to complete the concept.

Currently the website is down, due to technical issues around changing domain registry garbage. Hopefully it will be back up soon.

Thank you all for your support over the years, keep stopping by, I know things have been sparse the last three months, but I'm pretty much back on board now.
If you are so compelled, please leave a comment, input, criticism, raving love etc
.. I'd love to hear from you

Nic Reeves

Saturday, 20 February 2010

Day 1 - Hyundai Longboard Pro Dunedin


Managed to spend 3 hours at St Clair today.
Quick post with some of the photos, real tired need sleep.

Friday, 19 February 2010

Hyundai Longboard Pro this weekend


St Clair Dunedin will be turning it on for a host of longboarders and paddleboarders this weekend.
I sat at St Clair for a short while this afternoon watching to see if any of the crew here for the weekend comp would paddle out, and was granted a sneak preview.

Hopefully the wind dies, and the swell holds. i hope to get out for a few short stints behind the lens over the weekend. See you there!

Monday, 15 February 2010

Villa Rustica - Surfers Retreat


An advert I designed for Rod and Nat at Villa Rustica which has been running in SLIDE magazine for the past three issues, (Posted for Nancy )

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

New Artwork - Blackhead Bliss


Completed Art commission of Blackhead. 60 x 28 inches

Above: Initial design pencil sketch. Below: the blank canvas.. massive, and the beginning of the artwork

Monday, 8 February 2010

Sunny St Clair


Glorious Sunny day at St Clair on the 5th.
A bit of a check in with the recovery of the Sand Dunes too below.

Thursday, 4 February 2010

Swans in the Eve


I took a short walk after tea tonight to the waldronville estuary, the light was beautiful. The swans were on the far side, so no up close ones. Played with some manual focus playing with the grasses and sparkle of the water.


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