Next Level Dawnies / by craig levers

  Jesse Peters and Brent Alexander on the Dawn Patrol

Jesse Peters and Brent Alexander on the Dawn Patrol

Are you fricken kidding me! Why would any sane person get up at 3.45 am in the middle of winter to be at a beach 3 hours later...for dawn. It's insane, it's crazy, normal people don't do things like this. Surfers use terms like crazy and insane to colourfully describe things that are excellent or very good. I believe this reflects on our collective mindset as surfers. We get excited about sleep deprivation so we can then possibly injure ourselves and certainly induce mid doses of hyperthermia. We're a bit twisted, this is not normal behaviour. It confirms we are out of step with the general populace. 

 Darren Celliers excitedly readying himself for a hypothermic dip

Darren Celliers excitedly readying himself for a hypothermic dip

 Dawn hues and why we do stupid things

Dawn hues and why we do stupid things

 Taylor Hutchison, dementedly joyous for a fellow that left Raglan at 5am

Taylor Hutchison, dementedly joyous for a fellow that left Raglan at 5am

 Jesse and Taylor. Ok, Ok, it does look like a good place to be

Jesse and Taylor. Ok, Ok, it does look like a good place to be

 Just like the Clash song... look to the left

Just like the Clash song... look to the left

 ...then look to the right

...then look to the right

 Jesse drawing first blood on a Burleigh-eske fold

Jesse drawing first blood on a Burleigh-eske fold

 Taylor's first

Taylor's first

 The right place to be

The right place to be

 Muriwai resident Darren found the curl a fair bit yesterday

Muriwai resident Darren found the curl a fair bit yesterday

 Taylor's wave of the day, even builders on the construction site behind the beach downed tools and cheered this one on

Taylor's wave of the day, even builders on the construction site behind the beach downed tools and cheered this one on

 Jesse made a pig of himself

Jesse made a pig of himself

 Happy Jesse

Happy Jesse

 The look of a crazy person

The look of a crazy person

 Surfboard shaper Noe Birdler sniffing out the lefts

Surfboard shaper Noe Birdler sniffing out the lefts

 Me ol' mate Dan Davie joined the frey for a break between sanding boards

Me ol' mate Dan Davie joined the frey for a break between sanding boards

 Good to see Dan on the correct side of the lens for a change

Good to see Dan on the correct side of the lens for a change

Would I get up at 3.45 in the middle of winter to sit in a car for 3 hours, then stand on a beach for 4 hours, only to jump back in the same vehicle for the return trip? Everytime, anytime... well maybe not the day straight after. I'm just as crazy as the rest of us. 


In Other News

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Thanks again to Dave Swan at Smorgasboarder for reviewing The Collection Vol 1 this current issue. Last issue The South Seas Revised Edition was featured. Smorgasboarder is distributed throughout New Zealand and Australia via surf stores. But you can also read it online via the hyperlink above. I know you know what a hyperlink is.

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From The Bookstore  

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Yes indeedy, NZ Surf The Collection Vol 1  IS a limited edition and there are now only 109 left in stock. They'll be gone first round of season change shop orders for sure. Have you got your copy yet, or just have no clue what I'm banging on about? Well click here to get through to the book's web page.