Tuesday, 13 July 2010

World Cup 2010

Richard in the bushes
Tag team substitution

WC party

Head piece



Kanaha fishing

Another World Cup is over, Spain has won (as I predicted), cant say the final was the best game of Football I have seen, but name me a great WC final?
Down in front, Phoebe making a swift exit

We had team Australia come over for the game 8.30am Sunday morning, great time for a Football match, way better than 4am! Viva Espana! Paul and Heidi made amazing Pina Coladas at half time, Kym made bacon and egg wraps and Sally made a great fruit platter for us all to snack on. I did coffee, I do coffee.
Avalon sets off down the right wing

The last few days have been filled with lots of sailing and lots of beach time. The wind has been very nice to us, with a cool little wave to play around on at Camp One as well. Wind has been in the 20-25 knot range, building at times to 30 knots plus. Everyone very happy.
One legged surfer at Hookipa
Kym and Brett at Hookipa

A small swell hit the north shore Sunday, Hookipa was packed
Someone got a new board

Riley, Avalon and Phoebe have been doing lessons Wednesday, Thursday and Fridays, they are the only ones to be claiming regular gybes and tacks.

Sunday, 4 July 2010

Back in Maui

Team Maui 2010

Brett, Lano, Av, Sal, Riley, Richard, Phoebe and Kym
Back in beautiful Maui, its windy, its sunny, its warm, the beer is cold and everyone is friendly.

Our digs :)
The flight over was OK, not a lot of sleep was had by anyone, I think I got a few hours on the plane, but not a quality sleep by any means. Some good movies on the plane, The new Wogboy movie was entertaining, as well as the new Steve Carel movie, Date Night was OK, amusing maybe? Airports were packed this year, must remember not to enter the US 2 days before 4th July.
Brett sussing it all out for the first time

Quick snack before day two session, Alive and Well indeed!

We sailed on day 1, which was a great was to shake off some jet lag and lack of sleep. All 4 of us were in the water by 1pm and firing on our full quatro goya combo's from Hi-Tech, thanks to Alex who kitted us out (very helpful chap!) I am trying out a twinser 92 Tempo wave, mightbe a bit sluggish for bump and jump, but gybes like a pro. Kym is on a 64 ltr tempo single fin, loves it, lucky its her birthday today! Brett is on a 85 ltr Tempo single fin, pretty sure he is happy with it, but everytine we walk into the rental shop, he is like a kid in a lolly shop, Naish, Quatro, every size and type from the whole range, its awesome. I am thinking of getting back onto a FSW 95 as this is what I am used to, pity I can only get hold of a 2007 version, keen to try the new shape. Plenty of time :)
Team Quatro Goya!

Never use a harness to open beers, this ones yours rich.......

Those crazy kiters
Brett and his rig, brand new sail straight out of the bag

Maui Race Series organised chaos

Happy contented, I just sailed at uppers kym
Riley and Phoebe ready to roll

Had a day of chillin out today, did a bit of Maui Race Series, watched the final races of the day, Peter Biyjl (spelling) took it out, Micah second and the rest were just slogging to the line, wind was tricky to say the least. We also hit the shops to keep the girls happy, Sports warehouse for snorkel gear and reef shoes. Bit of retail therapy at NP Maui shop, expensive exercise!

Richard has had a bit of bad luck. He has rented a board from a local lad, Lets just call him Matt Pritchard, which after day 2 he had put a massive dent on the nose after a failed jump at uppers. Feeling pretty bad about the cost of repair (which is yet to be advised) he has also ran over a plant at our rental place. Now here is a great story, the plant he ran over is called a 'night walker', if you dig one up or harm one, the locals say that yopu will encounter the night walkers, which we are currently waiting for. Not sure what form they will come at us, could be ghosts, insects, walking trees? Who knows. Better not have too much to drink tonight, better be prepared! Should have bought the hunting rifles and the BB Guns at Sports warehouse today!
Poor Richard, they do say that accidents happen in Threes, so only one bad thing to happen, wonder what it will be.

Richard before he broke the Tabou, oooooh Tabou! Is that an omen?
Hoping to head southside tomorrow for 4th July, hoping to get a days SUP action, not a lot of swell though, fingers crossed it picks up over night.

Monday, 7 June 2010

Where you been Lano?

Aussie rules footy, can anyone makes sense of this???

Time to fire up the old blog, thanks for the gentle nudge George! Sorry for the lack of blog action from down under, but bloody facebook has taken over my life.....actually, its just easier sometimes to post up pics and a short note most of the time. But with Maui around the corner and lots to talk about, its time to get busy blogging.

Its almost 4 months since my last post (sounds like an AA meeting opening comment yeah?) so much has happened between now and back then, a new job (Sales Manager - SA Weekend, a very cool magazine in the Adelaide Advertiser), been running heaps, sailing as much as possible, SUP has taken over my life, been loving life with Kym and Phoebe doing stuff.

Now getting set for a trip to MAUI, cant wait to see friends, get warm, surf and sail all day, Kanaha beer o'clock every night at 5, climb waterfalls, mountains, crispy creams?, surf shops, Mana Foods, hang with the other 12 Aussies that are coming over at the same time, 4th July celebrations (our first) - and maybe sail some more :)

So we had the Robe Easter Classic, heres a 12 minute clip summing up the conditions and the action on the beach.


Kym rippin!

Womens come and try day

Open water paddle contestants - me far right, I came fifth over all, about 6kms open water paddle, hard work!


Kym sailed well and took out the ladies division and the mens was won by Tom (the vicco) who totally dominated (most probably will not get onvited back as he was too good!)

So now onto Maui, only a few weeks to go, might dust off the luggage from the top rack......and break out the board shorts,


Oh, and did someone mention the world cup? OMG, so excited!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Arghhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Go Aussies, PS: on the look out for comfy couch and snacks for any world cup action in Maui......

Monday, 1 March 2010

Kent Reserve - Victor Harbor 28th February 2010 from Dave Lane on Vimeo.

A great afternoon sailing at Kent Reserve........

Heres a cool little vid from yesterday, Kent Reserve, just around from Victor Harbor, 8 of us out, 25 knots, some cool little ramps and some great flat water stuff, reminded me of Maui!

Friday, 22 January 2010

Cya Trev

Trevor passed away today after a liver issue became unmanagable, he was the best mate I ever had, the best dog to ever live!

He could talk, walk backwards, sit, stay, heel, guard our house, chase off pesky foxes, hang out in the hood even when he though we didnt know, sleep in cars for hours, wee on kiters, avoid snakes, play with kids forever, give us attitude when he didnt get his way, chase cats, sheep, cows and birds, never gave you the ball when he fetched it, always swam in the river / ocean puddle when it was there, babysat Phoebe often, loved his life as much as we love him!

Really gonna miss ya buddy, x

SUP at U-Turns

The gun, 10'6 FWS Fanatic Fly, Fckn love it!

These cheeky SUPS after work are becoming a regular thing for me and the crew, caught some sweet little lefts at U-Turns last night with Brett, Richard, Ty and Russ, Two hour de-'stress' is the best way to end any day!

The waves were around the 2 foot mark, nice A frame to launch, then a great inside section that walled up for a speedy run to the beach every time. I know they were only small waves, but so much fun, cant wait for the weekend to get back out there.

Is it wrong to be hoping for no wind and a bit more swell? I am so confused......

Russ in cruise mode

Oily seas at Seaford

Ty in the background, mid bottom turn....get out of the way Bretto!

Ty going right

Brett on his way out

Richard on that sweet inside section

Richard looking for his prescription sunnies, but....wouldnt he need his sunnies to look for his sunnies?

Still looking....

One more shot of my board, did I say I really like it?

Thursday, 14 January 2010

Cheeky SUP after work

Had a cheeky SUP session after work today, finished work at 5.15, pick up Phoebe at 5.45, rush home, banana, SUP on roof, charge down to South Port river mouth with the rest of the ONBOARD crew, caught some nice waves, lefts, rights, hit the reef a few times, shared a few, hung out with some great people.
The surf beast!

Pete, Scotty Mac, Steve and the pilates lady!

Here's hoping for more of the same on the weekend,

Monday, 11 January 2010

Christmas 2009

We had a week and bit off work this Christmas, just the week between Christmas and New Years, more than enough time to recharge the batteries. Time was spent hanging with family and a few days at Beachport and Robe.

Phoebe does her best hovercraft impersonation

Kym had a few drinks

Christmas was split over a week this year, with my family all heading off in all directions this year, so a nice lunch was had up at dads, bit of pool time, a few wines, very relaxing time indeed. I did have a laugh at the conversation that I had with my sibblings about the fact that we hadnt had a decent arguement at a christmas show for a while, if ever. So we sat around all afternoon working out what we could argue about......nup, got nothing! I think this is what I like most about my family, never any issues too big to simply talk it over.....I love them all!

I got Richard this nice handbag, suits him dont you think.

Kym got me this awesome Stand Up Paddle board for Christmas, I am so lucky to get such a sweet present, its already got a big work out, cant wait to put a sail on it in marginal conditions - I am also lucky to have such a great wife!

Phoebe and her friend Lilli at Semaphore...'If ya need'

After the Christmas break we headed down to Beachport with Kyms mum and dad, stayed in this lovely little cottage just off the main street, I have to say this was one of the most relaxing 4 days I have ever had, there was lots of beach time, chillin with Trev, sailing on Lake George and a SUP and sail session at Robe at 3rd ramp.

Dad with his newst cutest grandson, Xavier, cuteness personified!

Lochie and Phoebe having a 'picochat on their DS's over a nuggets and chips at the pub

I like this photo of dad

although I am not sure about this one.....pink shirt with pink fishing rod? Not sure how the residents of Beachport too to this?
Fiona, Kym and Nathan, looks like todays walk on the Beachport Jetty was sponsored by Billabong

Mitcham council also has a lot to learn about tree trimming, this one up in Blackwood looks as though it was done late on a Friday, I am sure it will recover.