Should Have, Could have, Didn't / by craig levers

Should I Stay Or Should I Go

The endless dilemma for NZ surfers

This week has been nothing short of stressful. All the reports and forecasts point to a great week of conditions for both Raglan and Taranaki, and I've sat on my hands. In between other commitments and a decidedly huge amount of indecision I've opted to hope for little windows of opportunity around home... it's not really working out too well to be honest. But I am taking solice in that fact I'm not the only one. Every turn of the tide sees familiar faces rotating around Piha's carparks- the endless search for a bank in this big Tasman Sea pulse... perfect wind, just too much swell for around these parts. 

 Big Piha Bar

Big Piha Bar

The carpark conversations inevitably turn to where we all should be rather than, after scouring the beach, where we are. But I love these moments too, catch ups with neighbours, fill ins on the latest local gossip and a huge amount of game talk. 

  My neighbour Mike Mulcahy on a wee ankle-tapper 

My neighbour Mike Mulcahy on a wee ankle-tapper 

  Mikey post Piha pounding

Mikey post Piha pounding

  Moments like this make a swim worthwhile every time

Moments like this make a swim worthwhile every time

I have been amping to try out my new housing set up, I've mounted a Gopro on the top of my camera housing. The plan is to get video of the waves I shoot stills of. Today was the first outing with the new rig and I'm pretty happy with my first go, above. I've added the wave now entitled Piha Thumper to the Wave Gallery