Here is some footage (albeit a bit cruddy as it was shot on a mobile phone) from the second day of Spring on Ben Lomond this year; a nice cruisy day, good cover and soft snow, and best of all - small crowds.
Let’s hope there will be more days like this!! Yeoowww!
SO the big Ben Lomond Terrain Park (BLTP) is open and now they’re running a photo comp. So get your arse up there, take your camera and your snowboarding/skiing mate and you could win a Burton camera bag!
Here are some photos already taken by BLTP’s Chris Terry, you can check out more from their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BenLomondTerrainPark
‘Like’ their page and receive regular snow updates, not to mention if they’re up there taking photos and you’re in the park - this is where can find the photos.
So trot up there and enjoy the freshly fallen snow - don’t forget the photo comp yewww!!
Check out this gnarly clip of one of Tassie’s best bodyboarders, Charles Ward!! Pretty much kills it as he charges Shippies and owns Tassie’s other breaks. Also includes some highlights from his relatively recent Hawaii trip.
Filmed by Simon Treweek, Ash Garland, Pat Lenck and Alex Fitzgerald and edited by Cameron Green.
“Loved editing this clip for Charles; good to work with footage of such high quality surfing” - Cam Green.
Some Wellington snowboarding and skiing to get you jiggly for the arriving season!
Here is a handful of pictures by, and of, Jack Pitt and Matt Samson snowboarding and skiing (respectively) on a fresh layer of snow at Mt Wellington last week. The boys had just been for a surf - that’s a Tassie Winter for ya!!
The Ben Lomond Terrain Park crew have been getting jiggy-with-it in preparation for the fast approaching season (fingers crossed it’s a longer one this year!). According to the guys, framing should be completed within a week, then cladding and signage will follow before the boxes are ready and looking spiffy.
This is what is being built: 2x 3m box, a 6m long box, a 4.5m flat-down box & a 3mx1.5m butter box. Rails are to follow in the coming weeks (they are pretty simple & quick compared to boxes).
With five boxes and 2-3 rails, Ben will have the base of a great park. Hopefully wallride will be added, as well as some poly pipe round rails and a donk box or two as well. Booters will be dug out old school for now.
Now the photos are pretty blurry but you get the idea.
Keep up-to-date with all the progress by following the crew’s website
‘Everyone got buckled!’ says local charger, Danny Griffiths. ‘Zadda (Alex Zawadski) got flogged in the morning and was ambulanced to hospital for a groin injury, McKean fucked his knees, and the rest of us need a good massage.’
Shippies has been blowing its nut these past few days, with strong south/south-west swells charging the rugged coast with mild westerly winds. The boys were checking buoyweather constantly, which read 25ft, and were quietly anticipating the prospect of the approaching conditions.
Tuesday was ‘small and south,’ says Danny. ‘It was fun, building up for Wednesday which we knew would be big’.
Yesterday, now termed “Wipe-out Wednesday” by the lads, dished up a serving to everyone with barely a surfer making it past the first step. ‘Probably 5% made it out of the barrel, and 20% made it past the first step,” Danny says.
Danny and Mike Brennan are de-briefing on today’s session before Brenno sets off back to the mainland. Uploading his GoPro footage, Brenno tells how Wednesday was ‘crazy, it was so evil. Most people couldn’t make any – it was the most psycho day!’
Danny adds, ‘it might not have been the biggest day, but it was definitely the thickest and hardest to surf. It was shallow, gurgling and turning in on itself – it was pretty much un-surfable. One monster set wiped-out two well-known surfers.’
Both James McKean and Alex Zawadski felt the full force of Shippies when one after the other took gnarly beatings. McKean left the jetty limping with knee problems, while Zadda almost had a chopper ride to the hospital for caning his groin. Here’s hoping they have speedy recoveries and get nominated for wipe-out awards!
As for the session today, conditions calmed down a bit and the boys were able to film themselves catching fresh angles on getting barrelled and wiped-out. Some of this footage will be posted soon, so keep your eyes peeled!
Some sessions for the history books, yiieeeewwww!!!
BMX Racing: Esther Woodward writes about her experience at Mt Gambier Aussie Champs 17th – 22nd April 2012
Last year I made the finals and finished 6th at the Nationals in Cairns (my first Aussie plate since 2008) so heading to this year’s Aussie Champs in Mt Gambier SA, I was feeling nervous as I had something to defend and hopefully improve on.
I had been working pretty hard all year, with a bit of help from my coach, Josh, and travelled around Australia to ride all of the Champbikx National Series in Nerang QLD, Bunbury WA and Canberra ACT and going into the last round to be held as part of the Aussie Champs I was ranked 4th and keen to turn this into a podium finish.
Mum, me and my little brother left Tassie on Easter Saturday and headed up to Bendigo for a week of training before starting our road trip to Mt G the following Sunday.We took in the sights along the scenic Great Ocean Road and arrived in Mt G the next day.A trip to the beach at night to watch the penguins and having to find alternative accommodation took my mind off the upcoming racing, but the next day we were straight out to the track to register and pick up my race plate.
The Aussie Champs are run over six days starting with registration and gate practice sessions; the Pre-Titles; the last round of the National Champbikx, Probikx and Dynamite series (including UCI points up for grabs for those hoping to qualify for the Olympics) and then three straight days of the National Age Challenge and Championships.
Wednesday was my first ‘race’ day with the Pre-Titles.This event is really a chance to practice and suss out your competition, work out your lines and dial in the track over three unscored motos.
I got out there and the track was feeling good, apart from a near-death experience on my very first practice lap! I tried a jump out on the first doubles but cased it so bad my knee left a dent in my top-tube! I managed to stay on the bike, but it did shake my confidence a bit…
Thursday’s Champbikx didn’t quite go to plan.It started out ok and I was fairly happy with my 4th in the time trial, giving me 4th pick of the gate for my first moto, and even though my 5th’s in the motos got me through to the final, I just couldn’t manage to find the rhythm of the track.The main just didn’t go the way I had it planned out in my head, and despite having one of the fasted gate start reaction times, I couldn’t hold on and I finished 5th.I felt better about it after I heard I had still held onto 4th place overall for the series, on points.I hoped that things would go better for me come Saturday’s age challenge.
On Friday I spent my day off out at the track (where else!) cheering on the other four Tassie riders who had made the long drive to Mt G as well.
Most of the guys were racing in the 17-24 men, apart from our club’s VP, Graham, taking on the 50+ men’s division.Brodie, Matt and Justin all rode well with Justin getting through to the quarters.Out of 50 or so riders, this was a good effort.
Saturday came along and I was starting to feel the effects of my trip to the beach earlier in the week (where I may have gone against mums advice to wear a jacket).But I had to put this aside and focus on the racing for the day.Saturday combined the 14, 15 and 16 age challenge riders with the Jnr Elite and Elite men and women and SBS was there to film the finals for a one hour BMX special on Cycling Central.
I felt better riding the track today and felt it had a better flow to it.I was again one of the fastest out of the gates in each of my motos, finishing top 4 each time, doing enough to get to secure me a place in the final but ensuring I reserved enough energy for that last race where I can go all out with nothing to lose.
The gate dropped and I was up there with the leaders until I got cut off on the inside coming tight into the first corner.I had nowhere to go and I lost some of my speed but I kept going as hard as I could.I pushed it right to the line, just pipping another girl on the line for 5th place (I am nothing if not consistent!).One place better than last year, gotta be happy with that. 5A still qualified me for the 2012 World Championships in Birmingham UK in May, but unfortunately we aren’t able to make it over there this year.
With the 2012 Aussie Champs over for another year, I am now thinking about the next challenge ahead of me.This was my last year riding age, and I am really looking forward to moving up to the ranks of the Junior Elite.
This means heaps of travel to gain the UCI ranking needed to compete at next year’s World Championships which are being held next door in NZ.
I intend to give it my best shot to get there, and to do that my family have made the big decision to move us all to Victoria so that I can concentrate on improving my skill and speed and do as much racing as I can, although I will be back down to Tassie in November to defend my #1 Tassie plate!
BMX for life
Esther Woodward #50
Qld’s Gemma Sloane (left) #6 Aust Elite Women/Tassie champ Pro Women and Tassie’s Esther Woodward #5 Aust 16 Girls/Tassie champ 15 girls
The annual ASMF tour is coming back to Tassie this May with a showing in both Launceston (25th) and Hobart (26th). Aussie filmmaker, Tim Bonython, who is well known within the Australian surfing community as well as down here at Shipsterns, is presenting the Immersion tour this year (more details at the bottom).
Bonython documented four Shipsterns swells for this film (including the one Kelly Slater came down for) and it includes local big-wave chargers, Tyler and James Hollmer-Cross, Marti Paradisis, Mikey Brennan, Rudi Schwartz, James McKean and Danny Griffith.
Come along and catch the boys on the big screen and see what Mikey Brennan calls “one of the best surf movies I’ve ever seen!!”
Over the past seven years, surfing enthusiast and filmmaker Tim Bonython has spent every available moment doing what he loves – conducting interviews and filming images of breath-taking wave riding from all corners of the globe to create a 13-part series on his beloved sport of surfing. This series has now been re-created into a two-part live theatrical show called IMMERSION.
IMMERSION looks at every aspect of surfing – from its early history, the evolution of surfboards, the science of surfing, the grown of the sport and development of competition, to how surfing is portrayed in the media, the action and still cameramen, film editors to the business of surfing and the counter culture that has grown worldwide. Immersion takes you to some of the world’s most isolated, notorious and picturesque surfing locations.
IMMERSION is not just big waves and boards as the film covers all aspects of the sport – from body surfing and body boarding, surf ski, long board and even the new stand up paddle boarding.
Surfing: Paul Johannesen Memorial gets the Points and “best” surf conditions for a Tassie comp
Luckily, the big southerly swells last weekend provided the PJ Memorial competitors (and other free-surfers) with fun 3-4ft waves at South Arm and Mays Point. Some might say “Joey” himself had something to do with it ;-)
Paul’s sons, Jy and Luke gives us the low-down on the PJ Memorial…
What is the Paul Johannesen Memorial comp all about?
The Paul Johannesen Memorial is a tribute to an adventurous sprit. The competition is part of the Tasmanian state round, but unlike other rounds it only has 3 divisions, which means it is less time consuming, therefore the contest is able to work around the tides and it is also fully mobile over the South Arm and Tasman Peninsula’s, so we can search for the best waves around and pay tribute to Paul’s legacy.
How long has it been running for?
The competition has just had its 6th year. Previous winners include Dustin Hollick, James Eaves, Jy Johannesen, Hamish Renwick and Benn Richardson - who this year became the first person to win the event twice.
The region (South East TAS) where the contest is held, generally receives more surf in April and May than any other time of the year. Every year we have scored amazing waves for the contest with this year being no exception.
Run down of the weekend…
Day one of the contest started with a bit of a delay. Low tide and an expected swell put the contest on hold till noon. Then we got underway with some punchy 3ft peaks at South Goats (Rebounds). Stand out surfers on day one included Benn Richardson and Dustin Hollick.
Day two was an early start with a surf check at first light coming up with what could be described as a dream come true. The swell had increased to the size that is not seen very often. The Points were on!
On October the 24th 2005 we spread our father’s ashes at Mays Point and unvailed a memorial rock in his honour. There was only one option for the location of the contest and that was at Mays so “Joey” could have the front row seat and watch proceedings go down. This would be the first contest held at the Tasmanian points and what would be discribed as the best contest conditions ever seen for a contest in Tasmania too.
Once again highlights of the day included waves from Dustin Hollick. His 1/4 final heat included a 10 and a 9.75 alongside Benn Richardson, Zeb Critchlow and Luke Bugg who also scored some great waves throughout the day. The Final came down to the form surfers of the day: Zeb Critchlow, Luke Bugg, Benn Richardson and Hamish Renwick.
The Womens event was also a close affair with the younger brigade starting to take over the ranks. As Dara Penfold was unable to compete in the event due to injury, the contest was wide open. Showing the skills of a more seasoned competitor, Elizabeth Stokely took victory over Brooke Mason, Claire McManus and the lady of ocean who came out of retirement for the event, Jo Goldfinch.
Presentations concluded the event at our family home in Lauderdale. An enjoyable afternoon was held with the South Arm Board Riders providing a BBQ and live music from Cam Stuart.
We would like to personally thank each and every competitor and free-surfer for their cooperation on Sunday at Mayes, Cam Stuart for donating his time, South Arm Board Riders (Ange Nordstrom in particular), Surfing Tasmania and the sponsors of the day Holic Clothing, Sportsco Kingstong and VB.
One of Tassie’s biggest skate events was on last Saturday at the North Hobart Skate Park.
“The weather held off well and was quite a nice day,” says Scott Atkins from Jimmy’s Skate and Street. “There was a massive turnout – especially in the opens and under 17’s - and the competition was really close in the finals with skaters from all around the state.
The comp was awesome, thanks to everyone that came and to all the sponsors.”
Sponsors included Jimmy’s Skate and Street, Analog Clothing, Enjoi, Cliché, Toy Machine, Dekline and Modus.
Skaters were rewarded with product: boards, tees and shoooooes!!