Thursday, May 29, 2008

Winter Waves

Its been really beautiful at the beach every morning this week - no wind. The photos are from Tuesday and Wednesday mornings when the swell was big - the waves are bigger than they look! Today (Friday) the swell has dropped off and the waves are tiny. Very hard frost Thursday and Friday morning but its warmer in the sun at the beach than at home. I love my early morning walks along the beach before work. Every morning this week I pass a young Chinese woman - this week is the first time I've seen her so maybe she's just arrived here to study at the language school but she is quite amusing to see as she marches backwards along the beach. She's just obviously so,so happy being by the ocean and she's friendly, giving me a wave and smile every morning.

Winter Waves @ North Wai

Monday, May 19, 2008

Paintings From My Collection

Here's a couple of my favourite paintings that i got from Nelson artist Lindsay Kopura in 2007

"Elemental Queen"

60cm x 60cm
oil on polysilk

"Nile Source Princess"

60cm x 60cm
oil on calico

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

The Amazing True Odyssey of the Paskowitz Family

Back in the 70's i had a subscription to Surfer magazine back when it was a great mag - i always enjoyed reading Dr Paskowitz's column each issue.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Beautiful Paulownia Paipo

I just found this listed on Ebay for sale.The Buy Now price was $295 Australian. Looks a beauty! Check out that roll on the underside. This is the description that was listed:

Width=14 1/4".
Thickness 3/4".
Nose = 11".
Tail = 12"
A beautiful REPLICA of an early 1900's Hawaiian/Waikiki style Bellyboard/Paipo. Absolutely beautiful grain. Hand Crafted Solid Paulownia Wood. Sealed in Linseed Oil Only. Ride the Ocean in the style of the Ancients. The original waveriding craft. A true one off Collectable.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

My Kneeboards from the 70's

Here are my two favourite kneeboards from the 1970s. One is a Quane I bought new from Surf Dive 'n' Ski surf shop (long gone!) in March 1974. The other is built by Keith Paull and I bought it second-hand from Harmony Designs surf shop in Kirra in March 1975.

I still ride both boards - the Quane board the most because its well suited to the local waves.