Monthly Archives: December 2013

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Moti rides again

out there_0058Moananui Longboarders president Ian ‘Moti’ Proctor certainly loves life. He was enjoying his annual trip to Hawaii last year when an infection took hold of his body, travelling from his foot up to his hip and taking root in a hairline crack resulting from a waka accident in the surf. Having top shelf travel insurance meant Moti was able to get Hawaii’s best medical attention. Just as well, as this nasty infection meant business! At times Moti’s life was in the balance. After a month of hospitalisation he was well enough to fly back to NZ where doctors operated to replace part of his hip which was irreparably damaged. After the operation Moti spent months on crutches and took a daily regime of painkillers. A year on, it’s great to see Moti back in the water, riding again and now drug-free. …Just high on life again. Moti has an even greater appreciation of how precious life is. Ride on…. Ô

Moti rides again

Moti rides again

old school styles

old school styles

living life

loving life

Moananui band

praising the Healer


no more Blues, bring on the happy songs!

Well folks … that’s it for 2013 !
Sorry that The Dose hasn’t been daily during 2013, but I am resolving to be much more regular next year.  What’s your New Year’s resolution going to be?


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Boxing Day

was looking a bit gloomy. No much swell on the horizon and the weather was dodgy as well. With a southerly wind blowing it was a good option to head up the East Coast on a road trip. We packed the 4×4 with a picnic lunch (Christmas leftovers), grabbed the dogs, surfboards, skateboard and cameras and headed north. First stop – Tolaga Bay. No significant swell and the place was swarming with holiday-makers and tourists – not the reason we headed up the coast. So it was back in the truck and off to Tokomaru Bay for a picnic under a tree as the rain was starting to arrive. A short post-lunch skate later and we were off to Waipiro Bay – deeper into coastal seclusion and serenity. The surf wasn’t happening but we enjoyed the walk on the beach with the dogs.

Boxing Day is also my dear Mum’s birthday. Glad that you had a good one, Mumsie. (She gets any framed pics of mine that she wants …the rest of you can buy your’s). Which reminds me folks, a new Dose of Salts website is coming real soon! Caio   Ô

Tolaga Bay

no swell at Tolaga

skateboarding Toko styles

skateboarding Toko styles

Waipiro Bay Co

Waipiro Bay – once a thriving community


cottage with a view

beach hammock

now that’s the life !

Waipiro church

where a church should be …right on the beach

country living

country living

weather clouds

ominous weather signs

weather & hills

wet trip home

Christmas Eve beach scene

Merry Christmas

Seasons greetings to all you Dose of the Salts subscribers! GTown_santa
Trust you’ve now worked off the turkey and Christmas pudding. I hope Santa brought you what you were after, that’s assuming you’ve been good boys and girls! To be honest, I haven’t been a very good boy have I? This being my first post of ‘The Dose’ in many weeks. …So Santa never brought me the 300mm lens I was after and I got a new T-shirt instead.

Santa kindly brought us a clean south swell. The waves were barreling nicely across the Stockroute sandbar, thank you Santa. The ‘Y’ crew out enjoying it were Bobby, Bugsy and Bondy. Micro-grom Josef doesn’t have a name ending with y but it’s a very Christmasy name isn’t it?  Ô

lefts and rights

lefts and rights, take your pick

Bugsy barrelled

Bugsy pulling into a sweet barrel

Bugsy barrelled 2

same wave, 1/4 second deeper

Bugsy bash

Bugsy knows how to bash it too

setting up mal

setting up a sweet one

Bobby destroys a wave

Bobby knows how to destroy a wave


Bobby drops his wallet

old school stance

old school stance, feet together

Bondy carve

brother Bondy laying down a carve


micro-grom Josef setting it up

Josef barrel

Josef busting out the champagne exit