New Year's resolution that keeps on giving

Surf a drawcard for moving to Gisborne, but with set work hours I kept missing the most pumping sessions.

Surf a drawcard for moving to Gisborne, but with set work hours I kept missing the most pumping sessions.

I HAVE never been one for New Year’s resolutions.

Normally I make them too ambitious — give up drinking, learn a language, run a marathon — I fail within a week and end up only feeling disappointed in my severe lack of willpower (the drinking helps).

This year I decided on something that might be a little easier to adhere to — surf more.

The surf was a drawcard for moving to Gisborne last year, but with relatively set work hours I kept on missing the most pumping of sessions.

Living with a surfer who can shoot off any moment the waves turn on also did not help. I’d return each day after an onshore, after-work surf to hear about his pumping morning barrels.

The brutal truth, though, was I was simply not getting out of bed early enough.

So, my New Year’s resolution was to increase my dawny count. Little did I know that resolution would get me on my first day back at work.

Before the Christmas-New Year break my girlfriend and I decked out the van for a classic Kiwi surf roady.

We had 10 days, starting with Christmas in Auckland, but as our trip got closer I became increasingly nervous about our pumping-wave-getting potential.

Out west, persistent onshores as far as the forecast could see were predicted, and out east those very winds looked intent on flattening any swell the Pacific might have wanted to conjure up.

The entire 10-day period was looking like an absolute disaster, surf-wise.

Still, with surfing out of my mind we had an awesome time exploring the (waveless) top of the Coromandel.

Fizzing for a New Year’s session, we decided to cut our losses and shoot back to Gizzy on the first day of 2017.

It was then not until the final hours of my holiday that I got the waves I had been hoping for.

On January 3, a solid south-east swell grew all day and, with the predicted offshore winds arriving in the late afternoon, we had some of the best waves in weeks.

Solid, peaky, barrelling gems lit up the whole of Wainui’s magic mile.

Hundreds flocked to the perfect peaks between Stockies and Pines, while a mate and I decided to try to tame some of the unruly — but uncrowded — beasts south of Chalet.

Three hours later we left the water, stoked with the waves and to have kept our equipment intact — we saw two boards snapped in that session, a tell-tale sign of a pumping beachy.

We had just travelled around much of the North Island and the reality was we didn’t need to go anywhere because the best waves were on our doorstep.

The next morning was not looking too bad either. The only problem was I was back at work, with a 7.30am start.

Thinking of my New Year’s resolution I nervously set the alarm to 4.45am, allowing me a good two hours in the water.

Several hours later my alarm blasted, but I was more than awake, because I knew it would be pumping.

After some cereal and coffee I was straight to Wainui to be greeted by some four-foot goodness and a warm orange glow signalling the new day.

Two hours later I was on top of the world, and only 15 minutes late for work. Best New Year’s resolution I’ve ever had.

The surfing nationals begin this Sunday at Piha and run until the following Saturday.

A solid contingent of Gisborne surfers will be there (see today’s article).

At the moment it looks like the waves will hover between one and two metres during the championships, although they will be accompanied by west/south-westerly onshore winds.

Last year was the first time in 31 years there was no Gisborne national surfing champion, so let’s hope our surfers can bring home the goods this year.

On the local scene, the waves look pumping today — yawn — and the swell should hang around this afternoon and tomorrow morning with good winds.

Further out, there should be some fun summer waves next week coinciding with some decent weather.

Gisborne Boardriders Club will hold its annual meeting on January 17, with the time and venue still to be decided.

Surfing development manager Kelly Ryan says he would love to see a good cross-section of surfers at the meeting, even if just to share an opinion on an environmental issue or the direction of surfing in the district and how the club could help.

The first event for the Gisborne Boardriders Club season will be on Saturday, January 21.

It will be free to enter and, for the first time, have a Break of Origin competition within the normal competition.

Every surfer entering will nominate themselves for a Break of Origin from around the district and will earn points toward this as the competition progresses.

See you out the back, for a dawny this time.

I HAVE never been one for New Year’s resolutions.

Normally I make them too ambitious — give up drinking, learn a language, run a marathon — I fail within a week and end up only feeling disappointed in my severe lack of willpower (the drinking helps).

This year I decided on something that might be a little easier to adhere to — surf more.

The surf was a drawcard for moving to Gisborne last year, but with relatively set work hours I kept on missing the most pumping of sessions.

Living with a surfer who can shoot off any moment the waves turn on also did not help. I’d return each day after an onshore, after-work surf to hear about his pumping morning barrels.

The brutal truth, though, was I was simply not getting out of bed early enough.

So, my New Year’s resolution was to increase my dawny count. Little did I know that resolution would get me on my first day back at work.

Before the Christmas-New Year break my girlfriend and I decked out the van for a classic Kiwi surf roady.

We had 10 days, starting with Christmas in Auckland, but as our trip got closer I became increasingly nervous about our pumping-wave-getting potential.

Out west, persistent onshores as far as the forecast could see were predicted, and out east those very winds looked intent on flattening any swell the Pacific might have wanted to conjure up.

The entire 10-day period was looking like an absolute disaster, surf-wise.

Still, with surfing out of my mind we had an awesome time exploring the (waveless) top of the Coromandel.

Fizzing for a New Year’s session, we decided to cut our losses and shoot back to Gizzy on the first day of 2017.

It was then not until the final hours of my holiday that I got the waves I had been hoping for.

On January 3, a solid south-east swell grew all day and, with the predicted offshore winds arriving in the late afternoon, we had some of the best waves in weeks.

Solid, peaky, barrelling gems lit up the whole of Wainui’s magic mile.

Hundreds flocked to the perfect peaks between Stockies and Pines, while a mate and I decided to try to tame some of the unruly — but uncrowded — beasts south of Chalet.

Three hours later we left the water, stoked with the waves and to have kept our equipment intact — we saw two boards snapped in that session, a tell-tale sign of a pumping beachy.

We had just travelled around much of the North Island and the reality was we didn’t need to go anywhere because the best waves were on our doorstep.

The next morning was not looking too bad either. The only problem was I was back at work, with a 7.30am start.

Thinking of my New Year’s resolution I nervously set the alarm to 4.45am, allowing me a good two hours in the water.

Several hours later my alarm blasted, but I was more than awake, because I knew it would be pumping.

After some cereal and coffee I was straight to Wainui to be greeted by some four-foot goodness and a warm orange glow signalling the new day.

Two hours later I was on top of the world, and only 15 minutes late for work. Best New Year’s resolution I’ve ever had.

The surfing nationals begin this Sunday at Piha and run until the following Saturday.

A solid contingent of Gisborne surfers will be there (see today’s article).

At the moment it looks like the waves will hover between one and two metres during the championships, although they will be accompanied by west/south-westerly onshore winds.

Last year was the first time in 31 years there was no Gisborne national surfing champion, so let’s hope our surfers can bring home the goods this year.

On the local scene, the waves look pumping today — yawn — and the swell should hang around this afternoon and tomorrow morning with good winds.

Further out, there should be some fun summer waves next week coinciding with some decent weather.

Gisborne Boardriders Club will hold its annual meeting on January 17, with the time and venue still to be decided.

Surfing development manager Kelly Ryan says he would love to see a good cross-section of surfers at the meeting, even if just to share an opinion on an environmental issue or the direction of surfing in the district and how the club could help.

The first event for the Gisborne Boardriders Club season will be on Saturday, January 21.

It will be free to enter and, for the first time, have a Break of Origin competition within the normal competition.

Every surfer entering will nominate themselves for a Break of Origin from around the district and will earn points toward this as the competition progresses.

See you out the back, for a dawny this time.

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