Monday, 31 January 2011

Big Rock Boardriders Midsummer Comp


Jimi got it together for another relaxed comp for the Brighton Surf Club, Big Rock Boardriders, held it on the second day of the Brighton Gala day where their main event was held on the Brighton Domain. So to keep out of the way of the hundreds of carparking visitors and foot traffic we held the event at the horse carpark at Ocean View.
Below: from the comp spot looking down the coast to the Brighton Domain adorned with ferris Wheel and Gala Day presence.

Above, the Gala Day and Domain from near the top of Big Rock. Below Sam Taylor, below that Matt with one of his his trademark floaters.

Above Jimi and Andy, below, Judges lineup and spectators on the dunes, and Hayley

Above Jay tucks in, below Hayley modeling one of our XXL HOTLINE rashies

1st - Jimi Crooks
2nd - Andy Sutherland
3rd - Hayley Coakes
4th - Matt Aberdein

Tom Bodysurfing in between (also perhaps during) heats.
Sorry I didn't put up photos of everyone surfing, I missed on getting a few of you, I was just into relaxing for the arvo, even managed to get sunburnt again.

Friday, 28 January 2011

Brighton District 150th Celebrations


This year the District of Brighton celebrates 150 years of settlement. Last year in preparation I worked with the 150th committee and designed a logo for the year long event.
So this post is about the Brighton District 150th logo design process.

A few years ago I worked on designing a logo for the newly formed Big Rock Boardriders (Brighton Based). Below are the final two designs. The one on the Right was adopted.

The one on the left has a silhouetted and colour shadowed "Big Rock" landform which divides Brighton from Ocean View, you can see it in the photo below, saddle hill in the background, and then the banner below the photo is taken from the top of Big Rock with Brighton on the left with the beach, and then Ocean View far to the right.

I had the photoshop document of this rejected surf club logo, so I picked the concept up again and evolved it into a few different designs for the committee to comment on. Below, they eventually decided on number 1 as seen at the top of this post.

It has now been developed into a bumper sticker to be given out or sold over the year, and the logo used on different local clubs' activities in 2011. The Brighton Pony club is using them on certificates very soon.
Below logo used in the Taieri herald for the
Brighton Gala Day beginning this weekend.

Below a couple of old Brighton Postcards.

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

2011 Nationals Dunedin by NZ Greenroom Productions

Jan 2011 saw 'The Hyundai National Surfing Championships' contested on one of New Zealand's most exposed coastlines, Dunedin!

A town predominantly known for its student occupancy and legendary Rugby team, its also a coastline riddled with some of the finest surfing set ups known to man.

The event was a huge success for both Surfing NZ and its major sponsors Hyundai NZ and Sol, even though we were consistently bombarded with the classic Otago weather patterns of 4 seasons in one day!
As a location for surfer, spectator and photographer, the Esplanade at the South end of St Clair couldn't be a more comfortable location base the competition from.

The swell was contestable for all 4 days of competition and up and down the coast was firing at times with numerous surf stories of epic sessions being told in detail at The Esplanade every morning!

The 2 video clips highlight some of best surfers from around of NZ going head to head with the winners entering the history books as National Champion's of 2011!

Surfing NZ
Sport: Surfing
Series: 2011 Hyundai National Surfing Championships - SOL Surf Series Event 2
Date: 13th - 16th January 2011
Location: St Clair Beach, Dunedin
Event Info: and

Men's Longboard Final
Thomas Kibblewhite (Auck), 14.83, 1, Matt Cockayne (Mngwhai), 11.07, 2, Kelly Ryan (Gis), 10.6, 3, Cale Tolley (Mnt), 10.3, 4

Stand Up Paddleboard

Daniel Kereopa (Rag), 15.3, 1, Sean Hovell (Gis), 13.9, 2, Shayne Baxter (ChCh), 12.3, 3, Arnie Armstrong (Rag), 10.3, 4

Women's Longboard
Hannah Joynt (Dun), 11.17, 1, Daisy Thomas (ChCh), 8.1, 2, Hannah Howard (Auck), 4.97, 3, Shelly Jones (Auck), 4.27, 4

Open Men's Final
Jay Quinn (Gis), 18, 1, Richard Christie (Mahia), 16.5, 2, Maz Quinn (Gis), 14.1, 3, Morehu Roberts (Rag), 11.6, 4

Under 18 Men's Final
Ben Poulter (Rag), 13.87, 1, Tane Wallis (Piha), 12.17, 2, Jacob Kohn (Gis), 10.93, 3, Joe Moretti (Mimiwhangata), 7.47, 4

Open Women's Final
Airini Mason (Gis), 15.4, 1, Ella Williams (Whmata), 14.9, 2, Jessica Santorik (Rag), 12.7, 3, Hayley Coakes (Dun), 8, 4

A Complete list of all 2011 results and past National Champions are located on the Surfing New Zealand website under History.

Please see below for the remaining five events that make up the 20010/11 SOL Surf Series.

Sol Series Event 3 - 29-31 January - Billabong Pro presented by Sony, Whangamata (6-star)
Sol Series Event 4 - 12-13 February - Power Balance Pro, Mount Maunganui (4-star)
Sol Series Event 5 - 11-13 March - Rip Curl Pro, Raglan (6-star)
Sol Series Event 6 - 2-3 April SOL Super 16, Mobile (6-star)

The remaining events on the 2011 Hyundai Pro Longboard Tour follow:

Hyundai Pro Longboard Tour Event 3, 4-6 February, Sandy Bay (SNZ 6-star / ASP LQS 1-star)
Hyundai Pro Longboard Tour Event 4, 19-20 February, Mount Maunganui (4-star)
Hyundai Pro Longboard Tour Event 5, 4-5 March, Port Waikato (6-star)

Friday, 21 January 2011

Art Decor Commission


An art commission (above) I completed over christmas was a simple design piece to fit in with a newly painted bedroom and duvet set.

I was first sent a photo of of both the new duvet and a closeup photo of the pattern. (above).
I also had the information that the bedroom had been painted with one wall bright red, and the balance white. The artwork was to be a long and large landscape shape to be hung on the opposite wall to the red.
Below, the completed painting in the room, unhung

It was a fun piece of art to create, and something which I would be keen to do again with a new set of decor challenges. The customer was very happy, thankfully.

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Blackhead Aftermath


The day after the Nationals finish, it is to be expected that the crews are still in town, and eager to search out a few more waves before the return to home turf. Dunedin locals shared the space with the visiting competitors at Blackhead on Monday Afternoon with solid 4ft sets pumping through brushed by a strong offshore. I was driving home from a family photo shoot and stopped for about 40 mins to capture the talent.

Sunday, 16 January 2011

Hyundai Surf 2011 - Final Wrap


Results from the finals DUNEDIN CREW
Women's Longboard - 1st - Hannah Joynt
Open Women - 4th - Hayley Coakes
Kneeboard - 1st - Malcom Diack
Over 28 Men's - 4th - Luke Murphy
Over 35 Men's - 2nd - Lyndon Fairburn
Over 40 men's - 2nd - Richard Ayson
Over 45 Men's - 3rd - Mark Stevenson
Over 50 Men's - 3rd - Kerry McNally
Over 55 Men's - 1st - Graham Carse, 2nd- Greg Page
Over 28 Women's - 3rd - Francios Lewis

Full results here

Above: The Morning of the 4th and last finals day fo the comp. Don't be fooled by those lines pushing into St Clair. A rogue set, below is a more accurate showing of the majority of the surfscape during the day.

go Dunedin!


Open Women's Finals (Yet to be surfed)
Ella Williams (Whmata), Hayley Coakes (Dun), Jessica Santorik (Rag), Airini Mason (Gis)

Hayley Coakes made it to the final of the Womens at the Hyundai National Surf Champs!
The Seniors grand final will be Luke Murphy and Lydon Fairburn . Well Done Dunnos Boys!
I haven't been able to make it to the comp the last few days, but will head in now to support Hayley and watch the finals

Thursday, 13 January 2011

2011 Hyundai Surf Nationals - Day 1


Above: About 10.30am on the morning of Day One of the Hyundai National Surf Champs. Massive sets rolling in through St Clair from way out the back, while Middles and St Kilda are just storm washes of foam. Below: The Esplanade holding the comp scene with Judges tent in the middle and the green and red flags.

Above: Massive sets rolling through made a tough paddle out for all competitors. Below: one of the better wind-swept faces goes unridden.

Above: the photog crew and spectators search the comp field for a decent wave. Below: Fat rolling closeouts.

Below 3: competitors.

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

2011 National Surf Champs at St Clair Dunedin 13-16 January 2011


Panorama pic ( 5 stitched images) above taken yesterday at St Clair, surf was virtually flat, today it was big storm mush, tomorrow the Nationals begin in Dunedin. I will be able to make it in a few times over the comp, and have put aside some time and energy to process some pics and will blog them as I can. All the best to competing surfers both local and visiting.

Sunday, 9 January 2011

Playing with light and thread


Above and below: the Kaikorai Estuary empties out to the Pacific Ocean, and at times a small winding river cuts its way through the sand flats. These two images are threaded together in photomerge from 5(top) and 3 separate images on a wide angle lens.

Above and below, a family looking for flounders at sunset in the river.

Above and below: different techniques same scene. top is on a tripod with a long exposure, below hand held long exposure hand panning.

Above: camera propped on the rocks at the carpark capturing with a 4 second exposure a car driving across the kaikorai bridge.

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