Daily Archives: December 29, 2012

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29 degrees in the shade

Hooray! We’ve now passed both the summer solstice (Dec 21st) and Christmas and we’re now into the better half of summer. Today it was 29 degrees in the shade. Hot stuff …and I’m loving it. The best way to keep cool was to get into the surf and make the most of the peaky combination NE and SE swells we’ve been enjoying over the last couple of days.

It wasn’t just the weather that was hot, the surfing was pretty hot when the pro boys turned up at Stockroute for some aerial practice. Choppy took his wee daughter out into the surf to cool off and she was schooled by dad’s mate Richardo on the complexities of aerial maneuvers. With thousands of extra visitors in town this week for the Rhythm & Vines music festival, plenty of people are hitting the beaches, taking the sensible approach to keeping cool. Christmas and New Year seems to be the season for binging and excesses, so I’m going to make up for the long absences of The Daily Dose lately, by indulging you with a lot more pics than usual. Enjoy !    Ô

Wainui Beach

the beach was the place to be

babe and barrel

perfect peaks to play in

Aerial demo

Choppy took his daughter out for a lesson in surfing

Choppy and bubs

“look Dad, here comes Ric”


“He’s just a Rodeo Clown, darling”'s how you bottom turn, kids. - Bobby

…here’s how you bottom turn, kids. – Bobby

top turn

…here’s how you top turn, Pops.

Johnny Hicks

Johnny performing for the ladies

Richardo Christie

Richardo performing for the camera

summer boards

summer surf craft


a sizzling way to finish off a sizzling day!