Us surfers are a fickle bunch. Quite literally our moods will change with the wind. We can go from being grumpy malcontents to the most de-stressed happy chaps in a single surf. This summer the West coast has been terrible for surf. I've posted about this and why HERE . Things have changed. The coast has gone from bad, to ahhhh that's pretty good, to holey shit that's fricken PUMPING!
It has been heavy, solid waves and full on rips. There has been carnage, on Monday evening Sam 'Sanga' Willis pulled into a barrel on Piha's Bar; sweet...no... He got axed, 6 broken ribs and a punctured lung. A very fast trip to ED, he's currently in Auckland Hospital on his way to recovery. There have been moments of greatness, I think I've had some of my best water photo sessions ever. Here is a sample of what has been going down.
Bevan 'Napes' Wiig has been on it every right tide, he's paid the price though; 2 snapped boards this week
Local Lad Braedyn Louie has had some serious time in the shade this week
Whanga born'n'bred AJ Matthews pulling on his Bar training
Foamy beast with a hell of a lot of literage in its lip
Toby Dobson-Smith scratching over
Toby on a drainer
Nick Holmes, charged super hard and probably won the award for the most sea lice bites to boot
One of the most perfect waves I've ever seen
Another James, this time it's Mr. Laery
so, so good this week
Napes bowling it
Napes weaving hands free