An as yet un diagnosed knee injury has sidelined me for the majority of a rather swell rich month. Watching you're mates dance across polished clean faces and pulling in to generous pits should get you stoked , but the green headed monster reared its ugly head again and again.
Fuck I was jealous . I would have sold my first born to be out there shooting or surfing.
But i wasn't a chance for the last good swell so i settled for just land shooting waves and learning the panning technique. It was hard , fuck it was impossible!
But after a few sessions over the week i started to nail a couple , i would hate to no the success % but it was for sure in the single digits, which made making one just a bit more rewarding.
Maybe shooting from land isn't always as mundane as i had come to think.
Shot up to Queenstown to join the 39087 other photo hunters up there and managed to find a quiet corner all to myself all be it not til about 1 am , but ill take it.
So here is my April in images.
So stoked on nailing this one!
Moke Lake queenstown
You can not help but look back
Somewhere near Queenstown
Better than Countdowns car park eh
One of those mornings!
To be completely honest i spent far more time surfing this month than anything , the waves just kept coming and i couldn't help but get out there! The eternal dilemma , to shoot or to surf and i unashamedly choose the later again and again.
A healthy drenching of south and north swell in equal measure meant no shortage of caves to chase up and down the coast in the unseasonably warm water .
Thou with the death of daylight savings (RIP) and the purple monster looming from the bowels of the deep south i fear that warm water will soon be a distant memory. My 3x2 will be hung up to gather dust for another 8 months and i shall be forced to find my 5 mm booties i ditched in October. But its not all bad eh !
Consistent swells and offshore winds will certainly soften the blow of donning so much rubber you could supply Durex for 20 years.
So get a hood, harden the f&$# up and i will catch you out there!
Post surf trek
100 meters above
The good shapes
How good was it to see the swell gods give us a good pelting this month!
Was epic to get so much water time and still some pretty decent weather (at times , going from 30 degrees to 13 was a shocker).
Rediscovered how much i love shooting from the water and the unique images it yields . I just love how stoked guys are on seeing there photos from a good session and i am grateful for the opportunity to shoot it as without them there would be no images .
So a big fuckin "on ya" to the boys who get up at ridiculous o'clock and pull in to those early morning caves we are all chasing!
Farm Jam was off its face again this year and the magicians down there managed to have it ready to roll despite some gnarly weather in the few days before. All the action is below!
So here is my month in images!
Dale doing what Dale does
Short clip sunrise
Rabs Chapelle styling
Farm Jam Madness
Good weather better waves
The one that got away
A few good days on this section of the coast
Flat. Very flat even.
That NE swell produced the only waves over 2 foot for the month and it seemed like everyone was on it! Even spotted a few guys rolling boardies on a few of the warmer days , virtually unheard of this far south !
As much as i love wearing shorts and Jandles everyday , im ready for some decent swell and more often than not down here , that is accompanied by a 20 degree temperature drop and screaming southerly's!
Looking forward to Farm Jam next month down Southland , and will have all the images in the next blog .
So cross ya fingers , fuck cross ya toes if you think it will help and prey to Huey for some chunky swell and ill see you out there!
Gnarliest Sea lion I have ever seen !
Natty Parsons slaying it
Can not get enough of this place, Waipapa lighthouse
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As the utter chaos of Christmas subsides and the sobering reality of life comes hurtling back I hope you all had a killer break and found the few waves that were on offer!
Had a new grom recently so kept pretty local over the holidays managed a few shots a lot of water time and few bears , good times!
Epic to see John John take a well deserved title at a controversial pipe masters , all ways good to see it come down to pipe!
Looking forward to some decent swell in the next couple of days and looks like there will be plenty of options to pick from , thou the north island is looking like the place to be!
So here is the last of 2017 I hope it was a good one for you and 2018 is even better!
Relaxing at the Batch
Lines sand water
Place to be
Before the chaos
You do not need me to tell you how good the weather has been lately , but im going to.
Fuck yes summer , fuck yes!
But as my pasty skin turns red and the masses flock to the beach , the surf has gone all but dormant . A couple of nice swells at the start of the month has been reduced to a mare dribble .
But not to worry there looks to be some swell early next week , so get the chores done over this flat as fuck weekend and lock in a few after work sessions next week!
The jolly fat man shall arrive soon and with him will come the all out panic and chaos that is Christmas. Women work meticulously hard to ensure Chrissy dinner lives up to expectations ,whilst men drink beer and tell tales of uncrowded barrels from long ago to children who just do not give a shit.
What ever you're Christmas plans are , i hope you manage to find some good waves and weather where ever they take you.
It has been a rad year here for me and id like to thank everyone who has supported me in one way or another , it really means a lot !
I am really excited for the year a head and looking forward to developing new techniques to build on this plat form.
So have a safe and happy Chrissy break and ill see you out there!
Two French men and a Lighthouse
Some solid swell this month coupled with some favourable winds produced some of the best conditions we have seen for some time!
The swell kicked around for a few days and produced more barrels than a Jack Daniels factory
Managed a few landscape sessions , some family shoots and have got a 2018 calendar out ,all of which you can check out below !
And that was October ...not bad eh.
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Over the hill not far away
Spring! Yes one step closer to summer!
The bleeting of lambs the blossoming of trees and of course the wind, the kind of wind that changes 5 times a day and makes picking a place to surf near impossible. A few swells through the month, thou nothing outstanding but certainly enough to keep us wet.
A bit of commercial shooting and a mission to Bluff and Queenstown rounded out my month nicely.
So heres september.
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Moke lake is a rad spot!
Styled shoot for the epic Port Molyneux School wedding venue.
North Coast views
Hollow be thy name
Catch yas out there!
The last month of what felt like a long cool winter came and went in quite unremarkable fashion.
Unfavourable winds plagued this part of the coast and only offered the odd glimpse of what its truly capable of. The air temp seems to be improving but dont hang up the booties and winter steamer just yet!
Did the mission into the epic Te Anau and Milford sound ,lady luck was not on my side with below average weather and a night in hospital ,you need a decent chunk of time to really captrure what this place has to offer , mountains ,waterfalls and vast lakes should put it near the top of your hit list!
So here is my August in images
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Lake Te Anau
Milford sound has so much to offer including an army of aggressive sandflys.
The road into Milford offers so many opportunities , this composition is about 1 meter of the road!
Flight , making onshore slop look fun
Peter checking her morning curves
Making the most
Some poorly timed trips this month meant I missed the best of the swell and managed an injury that kept me dry for a few weeks ,Spewing!
Stayed a night at St Bathans haunted hotel The Vulcan for a some what uneasy sleep , then on to Tekapo for a few days of snow and finally some clear skies on the last night.
Landscape was my main focus this month and after many kms here is the pick of them!
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The Blue lake St Bathans, the Vulcan hotel is about 1 min walk from here and is said to be haunted by a "lady of the night" named The Rose who was strangled and robbed of her bag of gold..
The Rose rented room 1 to ply her trade but meet her untimley death in the1880s.
Guests and staff report mysterious shadows at the end of the bed , lights going on and off , drops in tempature and the odd sighting of the spirit sitting in a chair in the dinning room.
Whilst i experianced none of the above you couldnt help but feel a little uneasy being the only one staying in the motel that night !
The east swell at the start of the month seemed to last forever !
A few chilly starts
Lit 1st of January 1884 The Waipapa point Lighthouse was built in response to the wreck of a passenger ship Tararua on the reefs surrounding Waipapa point on the 29th of April 1881 . It claimed 131 lives .
It was automated in 1975 and has been solar powered since 1988.
Around Tuapeka Mouth
Morning fog at The Nuggets
Lake Tekapos the Church of the Good Shepherd, which, in 1935, was the first church built in the Mackenzie Basin.
Being the most photographed church in Nz i arrived pre dawn after a good dump of snow to get this shot before the snow was disturbed by th 100s of tourists that flock here daily!
I preferred to shoot the church at night
Snow day Lake Tekapo
Lone tree Tuapeka Mouth
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