Friday, 30 April 2010

Quarry Beach Surfboards - New Website


New Website at

Shaun Tomsons ' Surfers Code'

Shaun Tomson has given lectures on his Surfer's Code, and has passed out small plastic cards with this code printed on one side and an endorsement for his clothing line on the other.

The code is as follows:

I will never turn my back on the ocean

I will always paddle back out

I will take the drop with commitment

I will know that there will always be another wave

I will realize that all surfers are joined by one ocean

I will paddle around the impact zone

I will never fight a rip tide

I will watch out for other surfers after a big set

I will pass on my stoke to a non-surfer

I will ride, and not paddle in to shore

I will catch a wave every day, even in my mind

I will honor the sport of kings

Monday, 26 April 2010

Another Late Post - 5th April


Three weeks later, I finally got around to sorting some pics from a shoot at Blackhead. Above Hayley Coakes, Below: Kristi Zarifeh.

Above: Kim, Right: unknown. below: two frothing groms
Below again left: Caitlin. Right: Kristi's friend from up north.
Bottom: unknown charger

Congrats also to the South Island Team who took out the Trophy for the North-South challenge at the Piha Super 16 comp over the weekend.

pic courtesy of Cory/NZ Surf Mag

Sunday, 25 April 2010

Whales Under Threat - Petition


The International Whaling Commission has just unveiled a proposal to legalize commercial whale hunting for the first time in 24 years.

Now, countries are deciding whether support it -- or push back. Already, New Zealand's Foreign Minister has described some provisions as "unacceptable," "inflammatory," and "offensive."

A massive global outcry is needed now, as other key countries choose how to react. Avaaz will deliver this petition to the Commission delegates each time it adds another 100,000 signatures -- sign below and spread the word!

Sunday, 18 April 2010

Beach Shepherd against Freedom Campers - New Facebook Page


Friday, 16 April 2010

Management of dunes to be decided


from the Otago Daily Times
By David Loughrey on Fri, 16 Apr 2010

The future management of Dunedin's "first line of defence" against the ocean, the city's coastal dune reserves, will soon be decided after hearings held this week.

The coastal dunes reserves management plan hearings attracted 52 submissions from groups including Save the Otago Peninsula and the Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust. Ten people attended Wednesday's hearings to speak.

Under the Reserves Act 1977, local authorities are required to develop reserve management plans.

Dunedin City Council staff identified 10 coastal reserves, including at Brighton, Karitane, Long Beach, Ocean View, Waikouaiti and Warrington, to be included.

The idea was to protect and preserve the natural processes of the dunes, and manage natural, biodiversity, scenic and cultural values, while providing for recreation that did not damage those values.

Hearings committee chairwoman Cr Fliss Butcher said a major issue that emerged at the hearing was horses and dogs on Warrington beach.

There was "definitely" a problem with uncontrolled dogs, and their effect on nesting birds.

The issue of horses may be dealt with in a separate process, but the reserve was a recreational area, and horse-riding was a recreational activity.

Other issues included concerns about erosion, something the committee would bear in mind, Cr Butcher said.

She hoped community groups similar to the Tomahawk/Smaills Beachcare Trust could be set up to look after the reserves, with help from the council.

"It's really important," she said of the plan.

"These dunes are our first line of defence."

The committee would deliberate next week, and the plan would go before the community development committee, before being signed by the council.


Monday, 12 April 2010

A session from last month


Forgot I took these pics.. until I was reminded with an email from someone wanting to see them.

Friday, 9 April 2010

Send a submission to stop mining in our national parks and conservation areas


Send a submission to stop mining in our national parks and conservation areas

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

South Islands 2009


I didn't make it to St Clair for the first two days of the comp, but I did stay the whole day for the 3rd day Sunday.
It was cold, the waves were crap and it was cold. (top photo makes it look better than it actually was) Later on in the arvo it got colder, so hard to get decent photos when the surf is crud & raining on and off between bitterly cold winds.
I stayed to watch my friends compete and shot a few photos in between.
A few below:

Congrats to the winners, place-getters, and all competitors.
Thanks to South Coast Boardriders for hosting it for another year.

Monday, 5 April 2010

LOST for 5 days

Well I managed to do it again, lost the blog for 5 days trying to redirect it to but again after spending another $70 to renew and transfer the domain addy, it still didn't work.

Thursday, 1 April 2010

1000th post on phoam surf blog !!!


I just made my 1000th post this week

Pic above: the fireworks from the Chinese Gardens the first eve of the Chinese Year of the Tiger. I was driving back from a weekend of meditation in Wanaka, camera rested on the car roof.

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