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Gissy.

The temperature just hit 31ºWilbur goin left. On days like this you may be tempted to describe Gisborne as ‘tropical’  but if you’ve been to the tropics you’ll appreciate that we have more of a ‘sub-tropical’ climate. Which is great, as we miss out on a lot of tropical nasties like sea snakes, malaria, and low budget kung-fu movies playing in third world hotels. But at the height of summer we experience other menaces, such as crowded surf and the proverbial ‘surfed-5-times-over-the-summer’ kook. Check out the kook in the photo below!

Today the surf was so tiny I resorted to bodysurfing. The waves were so weak that I was even having difficulty doing that. As I took no photos, other than a couple of quick snaps on the cellphone, for today’s Dose I’ve recycled some shots I never used from last summer. (Except for the opening photo, which I took just the other night in ‘sub-tropical’ Gissy).  “Yes, I’ll have ice with my coke, thanks”.    Ô

kook

spot the Kook…   (pic by Doug Hislop)

hot start

a hot start to the day

sub-tropical Wainui

sub-tropical Wainui

summer SUPing

summer SUPing

water quality sign

drinking salt water is not advised

carpark sunset

carpark sunset

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Being the middle of wintewinter light Wainui_0009r the days are short and the late afternoon and evening shadows are long. The last few days have been brilliantly sunny and mild – once the frost has melted and the sun has got cracking. So I’ve been sleeping through the frosty sunrises and have been catching the sunsets instead. An afternoon surf is the warmest option at this time of the year.

The ‘Red Bus’ reef at Makorori was empty and beckoned me. I left it a bit late to get out of the surf though as the sun had already dipped behind the hills. You need to get out well before dark in wintertime to save freezing your butt off getting changed in the evening chill. The 8 to 5 crew have to drive home in the dark with no chance of an evening surf at this time of the year.  That’s usually me too, but I’m on holiday this week – happy days!     Ô

clean surf

sunny days, clean surf

rubbish bin

cool ‘n’ groovey trash bin

evening shadows

long evening shadows

flaxhead

flaxhead in the falling light

5pm traffic

5pm, homeward bound

sandripples crop_0020It’s party time !

ukelele

the birthday gal

It’s been a month since I last posted to the Daily Dose! Maybe I should rename it the Monthly Dose, or the Weekly Dose – what do you think? All I can say is that this summer has been a real busy one for me in many ways, even though I was on holiday for a number of weeks. This past month in particular has been a real whirlwind but now that things are starting to slow down a bit, it must be time for another dose of the salts!  …Have you missed it?

The month of February started with my daughter’s 21st birthday party. A great Kiwi tradition. My daughter – also a keen lover of the beach lifestyle – insisted on hiring a beach bach at the idyllic Mahanga Beach at Mahia for her party. Well, I certainly wasn’t going to complain with that idea ! We had a great time. The weather came right for the big day and the surf came right for the day-after wake up call. Here’s some of the goodness to share with you all.    Ô

welcome sign

Nau mai, haere mai ~ welcome

beach house

great place for a party

cabbage tree

cabbage tree glow

Mahanga Point

Low tide at the Point

shells & sticks

shells & sticks

Mahanga seagull

flying free as an independent adult now

Happy 2013

Greetings! The sun has set on the year that was 2012 and a new year has now dawned. On arrival at Makorori Beach I found, to my delight, that some happy soul had beautified the usually drab Red Bus toilet’s water tank with some festive chalk art. Both sides of the tank are decorated and it’s message of good cheer is in full view of motorists passing by on the Pacific Coast Highway. Nice. Even more colourful were tonight’s fiery sunset and the awesome New Year’s fireworks display over the city.

Well, the year didn’t start off very spectacularly on the surf front. A tiny North-east swell of around one foot is still lingering. Conditions were nice with light offshore winds for 2013’s first day of surfing, but the waves was only just surfable. I did get to indulge in a rather pleasant session on the mini-mal out front of Frick’s place with Taylor, who enjoyed his recent time in Fiji …despite encountering Tropical Cyclone Evan the day after he arrived. He’s enjoying being back amongst the Gissy vibe again. -You can read more about the vibe and culture of Wainui Beach in an article on today’s NZ Herald website. Here’s the link here.

I hope that 2012 was a good one for you and that 2013 is even better! Wishing you an …

hippy toilet tank

happy hippy toilet tank

heading home

tiny swell for 2013’s first surf

Makorori Beach

sun sets at the end of 2013’s first day

Wainui Store

a busy day trading at the Wainui Store

sunset photo shoot

tourists’ sunset photo shoot

sunset swim

sunset swim

city lights

30,000 people waited, paused for…

fireworks

…the annual New Year’s fireworks display

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the Dose is back

When all goes well …it’s “Sweet as, bro”. But when things become unstuck it can be very frustrating, to the point where one just gives up in the end. Trying to get this blog working properly again was so frustrating I basically just gave up. I couldn’t be bothered expending the time and mental energy to fiddle around in a very un-intuitive interface like WordPress to try and rectify the image size issues. The month of November passed by completely Blog-less and nobody seemed to be missing The Daily Dose of the Salts. Then I started to get the odd query from folks who were in fact missing it. So… let’s have a play and see what happens. (Apologies up front if your email images are still XXL).

flatness

no significant swell today

My mate Taylor from USA, who has been living at Wainui Beach behind Frick’s the last few months, has had his own frustrations recently. Immigration turned down his new visa application and after their official response sat at the courier depot for over a week undelivered, Taylor discovered that he was now an ‘over-stayer’ and had 7 days to leave the country, before re-entering on a new visitor’s visa. With airfares to Fiji being super cheap right now I recommended he head there to visit friends for a couple of weeks. He flew out tonight. The swell is non-existent here today -flattest day for weeks- so a good time for him to escape. His cloud of frustration might just have a silver lining!    Ô

Taylor

Taylor, “Fiji is thata way”

Sponge Bay hills

Sponge Bay hills

 pine tree glow

caramel pine tree glow

 

Wainui sunrise

taking to the sky

The swell has eased a lot from the pumping swell earlier in the week but there were still a few good waves around for those who knew where to look. Conditions were good as a strong seabreeze didn’t come up to spoil it, as we can often get at this time of the year. Looks like the swell is going to be small for the rest of the week though. Good news is it looking like the wind will be offshore so at least the surf will be clean.

The NZ Scholastics Champs are now over. Well done to Jules and Abby who brought national titles back home to Gissy. Jayda, Dayna and Jasmine were unlucky not to snag a title themselves. The local team were the defending champions but had to settle for third place this year. The kids being away gave the old farts more of a chance to snag some waves last week but it’s still the school holidays so the kids had their wave hunting noses to the air today.

A couple of the pro boys were out at the Creek this afternoon too, so between them and the kids it was a bit of a hassle-fest. The video camera filming on the beach seemed to justify drop-ins by some, but it encouraged the boys to take to the skies with an aerial display. I passed on the surf and took a few shots instead. Frick, who was just drying off, said he had it an hour back with only 3 others out – his wave nose was obviously sniffing pretty good today too.     Ô

sunrise tower

fiery start to the day, Wainui Surf Club tower

aerial

fireworks in the air

Creek rights

a rare empty set

airborne

taking to the sky

Abby

Abby, now the Scholastic Under14 Girls champion

city sunset

sunset over the city on my way home

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wainui view

Monday funday

Today the wind had turned sou-west before dawn, then southerly later on. The surf had deteriorated by first light with the unfavourable winds but that didn’t stop the adventurous from having a dabble in the surf today. Yesterday however, was a different story – a sneaky wee north-east swell combined with a building sou-west pulse to produce some fun peaky little runners at Wainui.

The surf had been so small first thing that surfing wasn’t on my agenda for the day …not until Frick texted me through a tip-off < 2 ft swell stock route >.  Cellphones have certainly changed the nature of ‘the chase’. It turned out that the small combo swell was a bit of fun for those who caught it. Having left my dash a bit late, Frick kindly offered me the plastic-fantastic lying on his lawn. So I managed to slip out for a couple of quick ones, after I’d shot a few frames for your Daily Dose. Frick also obliged me further by interrupting his curry cooking lessons with Mrs Breckell to put on his outside lights so that I didn’t have to change in the dark. Ahhh, that’s what mates are for…   Ô

Schools peaks

peaky combo-swell

hanging5 at Stockies

hanging5 across the Stockies bar

torque

shortboard torque

debrief

discussing that last ride

satisfied

satisfied having had their daily dose