We have just had a delivery of the freshest new season clothing from New Zealand's favourite street wear brand ilabb
. Click on the photo above to check it out.
We have recently received the newest model from the wetsuit gurus at Rip Curl Wetsuits
, the Flash Bomb Plus
. This is the most epic surfing wetsuit currently on the market. With features from the best selling Flash Bomb range that have been further enhanced for your winter surfing pleasure. There are cheaper wetsuits on the market for sure but they're not even comparable to this bad boy.
The Ultimate Cold Water Performance Wetsuit
Liquid mesh Super Stretch Panel: Smooth mesh panels that absorb solar heat and reduce wind chill. Lighter and more flexible than ever before. Chest and back.
E5 Liquid Mesh Flash Lining: The fastest drying wetsuit lining in the world. Now more flexible and lighter than before. Two engineered layers that funnel water rapdily out of the suit once it is hung up. Also one of the warmest and most comfortable linings available. The Flash Bomb Plus is the only model with Flash Lining also in the arms for extra warmth.
Stress Point Taping: Added to high stress points for increased strength and durability.
Flash Lining Hand Tape: Internal tape that allows maximum stretch, maximum comfort and ultimate seam sealing.
Hydroloc Smoothskin Collar: Neoprene neck collar designed to minimise leakage and give good comfort
Zip-Free Entry System: Zip free technology offers light, unrestricted performance and efficient design for maximum stretch, warmth and comfort.
Lock Slide Closure System: Adjustable shock cord closure system in zip free suits to prevent flushing in the chest area.
Water Sealed Bonded Seams: To keep the cold water out
3/4 Liquid Taped Seams: Aquaban Plus, new liquid tape technology with slimline bead for added stretch and flexibility while maintaining the integrity of your seams' seal.
This in one amazing wetsuit!
Peak Winter Wetsuits - Amazing prices! From just $225!
We have been waiting eagerly for our new season wetsuits from Peak because the quality matched with these prices has to be seen to be believed. With new season Winter 2017 4/3mm glued and stitched wetsuits starting at an extremely low $225 and the top end warmest suit only $400, fully loaded, you've gotta check them out. These wetsuits are the best priced sealed 4/3mm wetsuits in town. Peak Wetsuits is owned by Rip Curl so has the same stringent quality control and warranties in place. We have 3 models from Peak in men's:
Energy 4/3 GBS: No frills, solid, best value 4/3mm sealed wetsuit around at just $225. Glued and blindstitched sealed seams, back zip, smoothskin chest. They keep the cost down by putting the stretchiest, more expensive rubber where it counts.
Climax Pro 4/3mm GBS: The team wetsuit. Stretchy, light, zip free, no thermal lining. For those that want high performance and warmth at a very low price of just $325.
X-Dry 4/3mm GBS/taped and lined: The little cousin of the Rip Curl Flashbomb. Glued, stitched and taped. Chest Zip entry system. Full lined in X-dry quick drying thermal lining from your chest to your legs. The highest spec wetsuit model for this price in the market. For those wanting the warmest suit with nothing spared. Just $400 macked out!!!
At Blitz wanted to provide a free live surf camera
service to our customers to thank them for their support over the years. It took a while to find the right hardware and platform to run the service on but as of today 24th March 2017 we are live. Our new camera
is located toward the southern part of Wainui Beach. If you can work out the wind and swell direction from looking at the camera you should be able to work out if there are waves further north up the beach, over the hill at Makarori or in town. Everyone's online these days right....we've been doing a surf report on the radio for years but we thought it about time to move on with the current technology and let you see the surf for yourself. We hope you like our new FREE live surf camera
as much as we do. It is still in the testing stage so there will be glitches to iron out. It works best currently on computers getting a connection via fibre but equally you will still get HD images over VDSL (it just might be a little more jumpy). We are still trying to optimise for mobile phones but your experience with our camera should improve with time. An image of Blitz Surf Shop will appear while the camera is loading, depending on your internet speed this might connect immediately or take a short while. Please be patient, its worth it!
We also have $100 off the remainder of our stock of JS Industries Monsta 3 squash tail high performance surfboard, found under the feet of some of the world's best surfers at competitions worldwide
Plus we have great value epoxy fish surfboards starting at just $520 (these are great beginner to intermediate surfboards or great for kids), we have put a few longboards on sale including a Surftech Robert August What I Ride 9'0 longboard. There is $200 off our final 5'6 3 fin Futures Hayden Shapes Hypto Krypto surfboard, some Firewire specials and more. Check out our SALE SURFBOARDS
BLITZ SURF SHOP SUMMER SALE
GISBORNE BOARDRIDERS CLUB PRESS RELEASE AND LATEST RESULTS FROM THE FIRST CLUB COMPETITION OF THE 2017 SEASON
PRESS RELEASE! 22nd January 2017Fourteen year old Finn Johnson of Wainui yesterday won the open men’s division of this year’s first Gisborne Boardriders Event. Johnson who proudly surfed for Stock Route Mafia syndicate used speed in testing conditions, a combination of searing forehand carves and vertical backhand fin throws to take the win.
Johnson is a talented surfer but seemed an underdog being the youngest surfer in the Open division and surfing against seasoned men, women and girls, some of whom hold, or have held national titles in the past. Johnson won every heat on his way to victory today. Josh Colbert (SRM) was looking the stand out surfer in earlier rounds but was unable to find the waves in the final to match Johnson
This was the Gisborne Boardriders Club’s first event of 2017. The venue of Northern Makorori provided surf in the well overhead range that was eventually affected by a strong North East wind that increased to a gale by mid morning. The swell held its size all day at 2-4 feet. Conditions were generally reasonably contestable for all divisions.
This was the first of eight shortboard events the club have planned this year and competitors will have the luxury of dropping their two worst events for the year so their best six results will count.
15 year old Saffi Vette, current New Zealand Under 16 Girls and Under 18 Girls National champion surfed for the Makorori syndicate. Vette continued her run of excellent performances by making the Open final leaving a trail of significant names in her wake including her father who she dispatched in round one. Saffi finished 4th overall in the Open division.
14 year old Manawa Ruru of Wainui surfing for The Stock Route Mafia was easily the fastest surfer of the event. The stylish, powerful and rapidly improving Ruru surfed to a double win taking out both Under 14 and Under 16 divisions. Finn Vette displayed flashes of brilliance but after much deliberation, the majority of Judges favoured the speed, power & flow of Ruru's waves to narrowly edge out his Makorori rival & take the win for Stock Route.
Saffi and Finn Vette, Finn Johnson and Manawa Ruru will take confidence from their success as they prepare to head north to Mt Maunganui next weekend to contest event 1 in the Billabong Grom Series.
Stella Smith won the Open Women's division and thus continued her winning run after taking her first National Title in the Junior Women’s SUP at the National Championships in Piha earlier this month.
First time competitors and mother and daughter combination Sarah and Fern Boyle both enjoyed their day at the beach as Gisborne Boardriders Club members. Sarah finished 9th in the Open Women's and Fern 9th in the Under 14 division.
Cody Keepa’s results reflected his fitness and ability. Keepa, 42 won a hotly contested Over 35 division and also placed 3rd in the Open division. He surfed with smooth precision, demonstrating the speed and agility associated by surfers half his age.
This was the first event for the new club president Andrew Vette. Vette will pick up where Don Pearson left off and continue to represent the club and surfing in the district. Vette was pleased with the turnout and the positive atmosphere the competitors created. The high standard of the Junior Surfers is very exciting for the Club but equally pleasing is seeing newcomers to Competition, taking advantage of the non-elimination format and raising the level of their surfing. 10 year old Ben Kassel is one showing great progress and would welcome other junior surfers in the Gisborne district to come along and enjoy the fun.
Finally, for the first time Gisborne Boardriders Club included a Break of Origin competition. This is now embedded into the year’s shortboard series. All competing surfers nominate themselves to surf for a break they associate themselves with either geographically or where they learned to surf. Stock Route Mafia has taken pole position after event one. There are still seven contests left running through to December so check out... www.gisborneboardriders.com or https://www.facebook.com/gisborneboardridersclub.gbc to keep up to date with events this year.
Written by Kelly Ryan
Pictures by Cody KeepaFULL RESULTS: EVENT 1OPEN:
1st Finn Johnson
2nd Josh Colbert
3rd Cody Keepa
4th Saffi VetteUNDER 16:
1st Manawa Ruru
2nd Saffi Vette
3rd Tigher West-Hill
4th Stella SmithWOMEN:
1st Stella Smith
2nd Geraldine Spencer
3rd Hannah King
4th Nikki HorsmanOVER 35:
1st Cody Keepa
2nd Andy Vette
3rd Mark Gardner
4th Richard PageOVER 60:
1st John Gisby
2nd Ross Moodie
3rd Max Bryant
4th Jim MilneOVER 50:
1st Sam Mottart
2nd Richard Page
3rd Pom Devine
4th Marguerite VujcichUNDER 14:
1st Manawa Ruru
2nd Finn Vette
3rd Hannah King
4th Tigher West-HillBREAK OF ORIGIN:
1st SRM 20656
2nd OA 18514
3rd TSOL 14610
4th MMF 14532 5th Mahia 3670
WINTER SALE NOW ON! (posted 10/8/16)
There is still a bit of bite left in this winter but we are going on sale earlier than usual so now is a great time to stock up on some winter gear. All of our winter wetsuits, clothing, sheepskin boots and beanies are now on sale at 20-50% off. Go to the sale tab on our home page to see all sale items or you can filter it further by category after clicking on sale.
PRO AND HOP AIR FRESHENERS
Just landed - Pro and Hop Air Fresheners in a variety of scents with popular culture images like Snoop Dogg, Dr Dre, Ice Cube and more.
NEW JS HYFI TECHNOLOGY - BLAK BOX 2 SURFBOARDS
HYBRID FIBRE TECHNOLOGY
The JS team is a legendary ensemble. From icons of style and World Champion power surfers to the most progressive leaders of the new gen, they’re at the forefront of it all. However, go-for-broke approaches mixed with the constant need to improve places an almighty demand on their equipment.Imagine the strain put on a surfboard when Julian Wilson attempts to land the biggest air of the year in a heat, or when Owen Wright plays cat and mouse with Cloudbreak’s guillotine lip chasing a perfect 10. Pulling off stunts like this, both in competition and freesurfing, can sometimes end in favourite boards getting broken after only a few weeks. With this in mind, the goal with HYFI was to give us an ultra-high performance board that would go the distance, even at team weight.Drawing inspiration from the most hi-tech crafts in the boardsports world, we looked at everything from wind-surfers and racing SUPs to wakeboards and snowboards. Advanced manufacturing techniques allow the leaders in each of these fields to create incredibly consistent, well built and long lasting products – three key components in the future of surfboard design.Seeking to go one better as always, a purpose-built factory gave us the perfect environment to develop our patent pending Hybrid Fiber Diamond. This breakthrough, now known as HYFI, is an exclusive multi-layer construction that feels like nothing else out there. Think of it as a futuristic exoskeleton for a surfboard that allows it to be lighter and stronger than ever before, while still maintaining the perfect flex for maximum performance. And what we’ve discovered is, it’s only made possible with this exact combination of elements:BUILT with cutting edge materials. FUELED by constant innovation and refinements. PERFECTED through a specific construction technique pioneered by JS We started with the most flexible base we could imagine, an EPS core with no stringer, and from there began the painstaking process of balancing strength, weight and flex. 100 prototypes with a range of different cores and materials, put together in every conceivable way. Adding carbon to areas requiring strength and rigidity, Olefin fibers to those needing more strength and flex, or a combination of layers when neither would do the job exactly right. Design, develop, surf. Over and over. Endless updates and improvements to every little detail.And now, it’s all paid off. Welcome to HYFI.
One of the most versatile surfboard models in the world, this is the board that gives you the greatest chance for maximum fun and peak performance in all conditions. It’s by far our most popular surfboard globally, and in HYFI, it’s only getting better.We tested HYFI in everything, from small wave 107s to the premium, good wave Monsta’s and Forget Me Not’s. It had to pass every test. Fitting right in between the dedicated grovelers and the performer series, Blak Box II has the perfect blend of strengths to make it the ideal model for HYFI’s coming out party. For the widest range of people, and the widest range of waves, this is your new best friend.
PRESERVING THE FUTURE OF OUR SURF BREAKS
Check this out. Coming up on April 23rd.
SLATER DESIGNS SCI-FI BOARDS
The Kelly Slater Designs Sci-Fi surfboard has just been released into the market in Australia to much hype and the whole first shipment is sold out at wholesale! We have just put in an order for 10 of these boards for Blitz Surf Shop which will be ready for delivery to us at the end of June or early July. 4 of the sizes have been sold already so if you are keen on one get in touch quickly. We also have 5 Tomo Evo Firewire and 5 Almond Butter Firewire surfboards (Rob Machados brainchild) due to arrive in the same shipment.
Check out this link for some hype on the Sci-Fi
Latest Blog from the crew at JS Industries 1 April 2016
Bells Boards and the latest from Mikey Wright
So far in the Rip Curl Pro Bells waiting period we've seen it all - from small and onshore to head high and rippable, followed by the madness of Easter weekend. With a break in the action before the weekend's finale, we've taken the time to wrap up all of the team's freesurfs and quiver details right over here.
Back on the Gold Coast, the ink is still drying on Mikey Wright's new JS contract. After working together consistently for the last several years, Mikey has become incredibly confident on Jason's boards - and whether he was tackling huge barrels at P-Pass, doing entire seasons in Hawaii, or surfing contests at home, there's been a board to suit him perfectly. We're incredibly proud to be working with Mikey full time, and with his focus in 2016 being more on contests, he's nailed down a few favourite models.
For the Quiksilver Pro at Snapper, his standard shortboard that helped to take down the reigning World Champ in round one was a Monsta 6 squash tail (coming next month) - 6'0" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 27.9L. Then for days that won't involve a peeling, overhead point break his step-downs of choice - the Monsta Box and HYFI Blak Box 2 - have been getting great reviews. For an everyday all-rounder any of these magic boards will definitely give you the most fun and best performance you can get out of any session!
BLACK FRIDAY ONLINE SALES
Missed your chance of getting a discount with us for ClickMonday that's just been and gone earlier this week? Well we heard there's been a bit of hype around massive New Zealand wide pre-Christmas online deals for Black Friday
the 27th November so here's your last chance for storewide discounts from Blitz for this year. To get any Black Friday discounts
just apply the code black20 to your cart before checkout and you will score 20% off everything in your cart, including a further 20% discount on anything that's already on special. Black Friday
, its not all bad luck! That's right, 20% off absolutely everything in our online store!
LOCAL SURFER/SURF LIFESAVER TO THE RESCUE
Three children swept out by a rip owe their lives to Jack Virtue. (* COPIED FROM THE GISBORNE HERALD)
SURF RESCUER: Wainui teenager Jack Virtue's fitness and lifeguard training were put to the test on Saturday when he saved three children from drowning at Wainui. He passed that test with flying colours and police said averted a tragedy. Picture by Liam Clayton
AN off-duty teenage lifeguard rescued three children from the surf at Wainui Beach on Saturday afternoon and police say he averted a multiple tragedy.
The children, a boy and a girl aged 9, another girl aged 11, and a young woman aged 19, got into trouble at about 3.45pm that afternoon.Riversun Wainui Surf Lifesaving Club lifeguard Jack Virtue was sitting in his car at The Pines carpark when the drama unfolded in front of him."The four of them had been playing in knee-deep water when suddenly they were swept out by a rip,” Jack said.The 18-year-old jumped out of his car and ran down to the beach, stripping off his clothes down to his shorts as he went."They were spread out in the water by the time I got down there so I decided to go for the two children who were closest to shore first.”The boy and a girl were about 40 metres out, just past the shore break, and a metre-plus onshore choppy surf was running."I only had to swim a few strokes to get to them, but we were way out of our depth, so I grabbed one by the hand and then the other by the hand and towed them back to the shallows.”At that stage other beach goers started to arrive, including some people who had been at a yoga class at the surf club and had heard Jack calling out."I handed the children over to one of them and she helped them the rest of the way back to the beach,” Jack said.Two already 100 metres out
Then he ran about 100 metres along the shore to where the other girl and the young woman had been taken at least 100 metres offshore by the rip."They were in the surf by the reef in front of the northern end of the pines. I swam to the young woman who was closest to shore and calmed her down when I got to her."She told me about her younger cousin who was further out. She was floating OK so I told her I would go out further and get her cousin then grab her on the way back,” Jack said."In surf lifesaving they teach us to prioritise, so in that circumstance I had to think what to do. I knew that that woman was at least capable for another five minutes or so,” he told Radio New Zealand in an interview this morning.Some waves came and she was able to make her own way ashore while Jack swam out to get the third child, who was about 30 metres further out."She was lying on her back, coughing a bit and calling for help as I approached her."I explained I was a lifeguard and she calmed down. She was really good. I must admit it was bit scary because I wasn’t sure how we would go getting back through the wave line, but it all worked out OK.”The people on the beach called 111 and police and a St John ambulance were sent to the scene."It was awesome the way the other people came to help,” Jack said.He was asked on radio this morning how he was able to do it."I think adrenaline kicked in, like it’s really happening, I’m really by myself, there’s nothing really else I can do, so I’ve just got to get it done.”Four discharged by evening
All four victims were taken to Gisborne Hospital by ambulance for a check up. They were all treated and discharged that evening."One of them was suffering from the effects of hypothermia but while they were cold, the others were all right,” said Sergeant Dean Plowman."Jack Virtue acted very well indeed. We’re so grateful that he was on the spot and was able to respond the way he did,” Sgt Plowman said."There is no doubt Jack averted a multiple tragedy and he should be commended for what he did.”Patrols at Wainui have not started yet for the summer."We don’t start full patrols for another fortnight so it was very fortunate Jack was at the beach,” said Wainui surf club president Salve Zame."He has been one of our top junior lifeguards for a few years now. He’s always been mature and has developed into a very competent lifeguard."If it had not been for Jack’s skills this incident could have had a very different outcome. What he did was what he has trained for."The whole club is very very proud of him.”The Year 13 student at Campion College has finished high school apart from final exams and plans to attend the New Zealand Maritime School next year. Jack is the son of Gavin and Jenny Virtue from Wainui."He’s really fit and really active which really helped but the rescue still put his body to its limits,” his mum told Radio New Zealand."Jack said his legs were just burning with the kicking as he swam but he said the adrenaline had kicked in and he was doing what he had to do.”Mrs Virtue said witnesses have said the whole group could have drowned."The family are all unbelievably proud. We’re just in awe of him and how he just doesn’t hesitate. He’s just so compassionate and caring.”His mother summed things up when she said, "Those people are so lucky Jack was there”.
DEVASTATING FLOODING IN GISBORNE 21 SEPTEMBER 2015
Drone footage courtesy of Ian Ruru of the recent flooding in the centre of Gisborne. Unfortunately this resulted in the sewerage outflows having to be opened again into the 3 local rivers so that it didn't back up and overflow on to local residents' properties. As a result it is not advised to surf at the Gisborne town beaches for the rest of the week.
JULIAN SIGNS WITH JS INDUSTRIES - OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE
Wednesday, September 09, 2015
JW GOES ALL-IN WITH JS Current WSL world number four and reigning Pipeline Master, Julian Wilson
has signed exclusively with JS Industries surfboards
.The Coolum surfer, 26, has spent the past three years riding boards from a number of the world’s best shapers – JS included – rotating boards and shapers according to conditions, but has made the decision to ride Jason Stevenson’s
boards full time."JS shapes great boards for sand bottom points, but is also able to shape great boards for heavy Pipeline as well,” said Wilson. "It’s a telling sign that I don’t need to be looking anymore. I’m happy to go all-in with the Traktors.”One of the last pieces of the puzzle fell into place in December last year when Julian won the Pipeline Masters riding a JS "Traktor”. "A big factor in going all-in was that his boards go so well in serious waves like Hawaii, Fiji and Tahiti. They’re key spots where you need to have your boards wired."I just feel like I’m at a place where I’m comfortable riding JS’s boards wherever I go. I’m at a spot where I have a good board for every spot on tour.” Backing this up, Julian has made three tour finals this season – Snapper Rocks, Cloudbreak and Jeffreys Bay – all of them on JS boards."He’s one of the best guys in the world and a freak talent,” offers JS owner and shaper, Jason Stevenson. "He’s an amazing surfer and an amazing athlete. It’s been a work in progress with Julian – he’s ridden some of the top brands for a while now – but over the past 18 months we’ve worked together more and built a platform to go next level.”One of the best all-round surfers in the world – a guy whose surfing is both progressive and powerful – the challenge has been to design an all-round board that gets the best from both sides of Julian’s surfing. JS and Julian cracked the code back in April, and the resulting boards will go with Julian to Trestles, the next stop on the WSL World Champion Tour. "That’s the board we’ve been working on the most,” offers Julian, "a board I can ride at a beachbreak and go left or right, and feel comfortable doing airs or tricks but also be able to lay it over on rail. That’s what we’ve been working on and that’s the board I’ll be taking to Trestles and Europe.”"The boards he’s riding now are like nobody else’s,” says JS. "He’s taken design theories and thought processes and run with them. I’ve had to rethink the wheel a little bit with him, which is great. He’s such a good surfer and is really knowledgeable about board design, and he really challenges you as a shaper.”Julian enters the Hurley Pro at Lower Trestles, California rated number four in the world, with the best chance of his career to go on and win a world title. Now with his commitment to JS Industries, the opportunity for both, athlete and shaper to refine and progress are sure to produce some of the worlds best surfing on some of the worlds best surfboards.
Check out the current range of JS Industries Surfboards at Blitz Surf Shop here
CLICK MONDAY - NEW ZEALAND'S BIGGEST ONLINE SALE (FROM 5PM SUNDAY 13TH-MIDNIGHT MONDAY 14TH SEPTEMBER)
Blitz Surf Shop is taking part in the latest Click Monday event starting from this weekend and continuing through all of Monday. Click Monday is New Zealand's biggest online sales day featuring over 100 NZ businesses with bargains galore. Blitz will have a storewide sale even including brand new season stock and plenty of other gear that wouldn't normally go on sale. Head to our homepage from Sunday to see how you can get in on the storewide Click Monday bargains at Blitz Surf Shop. Everything in store will be on sale for this period and anything that is already on special will be discounted even further. It's a great way to get yourself ready for spring. Everyone loves an online sale!
NZ SURFING MAG - LATEST BLOG FROM MAZ QUINN DOING IT TOUGH IN THE MENTAWAIS
Hey its not our blog but always good to support the Gizzy crew. Check out Maz' latest blog on his job being a wave guide at Christie Carter's Wavepark Mentawai Resort at NZ Surfing Magazine (either click on the blue NZ Surfing Magazine text to your left for the link or paste this into your browser http://nzsurfmag.co.nz/deep-from-with-the-mentawais-with-maz-quinn/ )
Rejoice! Spring has finally arrived and its the time of year we have all been waiting for....the time we can throw on some open toe shoes with our favorite outfit and enjoy not wearing a million layers trying to stay warm. Dress or jumpsuit? bit early for shorts and a tank but most women are finding the jumpsuit a fantastic trans-seasonal option, but which one do I go for? plain? printed? short? long? so many to choose from. Jumpsuits are where fashion meets functionality and a great piece for when a dress just doesn't cut the mustard, teamed with a jacket for the cooler evenings you can feel the freedom of not worrying about a skirt blowing up and revealing your not so great undies, some even venture to special occasions in the jumpsuit...why not? pair of heels and you are away. There will always be the "what happens when I need to pee?" situation however lets be honest, its worth having to get a little naked each time you need to go to the bathroom in order to look so good. Here's some of our latest picks from Billabong Rip Curl & Tigerlily for comfortable, fashionable and totally versatile jumpsuits.
FROZEN JANDALS HAVE ARRIVED!
The wait is over! keep your little one happy in a pair of Havaianas most recent addition to the Frozen footwear craze.
The new frozen movie is just around the corner so get your pair sorted for christmas, last year these cuties sold out within weeks and so did Havaianas, choose from the girly Crystal Rose colour way or the Icy Blue, or grab both for different days.
For the full Havaianas range click here.
THE ONLY THING YOU SHOULD EVER LEAVE ON THE BEACH
15 JULY: NEW SKATE CLIP FROM DC SHOES - NEVER BEEN DONE
http://www.dcshoes.com available at Blitz Surf Shop www.blitzsurf.co.nz
8 JULY 2015: WORLD SURF LEAGUE J-BAY OPEN IS ABOUT TO START
The world's best surfers competing in one of the best right point breaks in the world in Jeffrey's Bay, South Africa. Follow Kiwi Ricardo Christie as he battles it out with the best surfers from around the world. Find the live feed from the WSL website right here http://www.worldsurfleague.com/
DON'T HAVE A SLIGHTEST CLUE ABOUT SURFING?
Maybe start up with a little bit of research from Wikipedia.
Then get down to the beach and talk to the real experts, your friendly local surfers!
HUGE PUERTO ESCONDIDO - BIGGEST WAVE EVER PADDLED THERE?
This is some scary big paddle surfing. Huevos grandes!
RVCA - VA SPORT RANGE NOW AVAILABLE AT BLITZ
THE BIG ANZAC DAY GIZZY CLEAN UP
At Blitz we came up with a bit of a plan for a community event this year to build community spirit and do some good for our fellow Gisbornites. So we sponsored a big clean up. Threw some good prizes (like a new wetsuit) at it for a bit of encouragement but hoping that people would also get behind it because they wanted to do it. Initially we thought of doing a beach clean up but then to make it as accessible to as many people as possible and therefore hopefully get more people involved we changed it to any public space in Gisborne. Invariably any rubbish in a public space that isn't picked up ends up in our waterways eventually anyway so why not try and hit as many different places as possible. We chose Anzac Day for several reasons: 1) we thought that doing something good for our community was a great way to honour those that sacrificed so much for strangers over 100 years ago 2) almost everyone had the day off so could surely spend 20 minutes of their free time to something good 3) it is a good community day of reflection and doing things for others and more. Then working out how best to deliver the initiative lead us to social media as we wanted to get the event to as many people as possible. But once the event was done we wanted to make it as visible as possible so hopefully the cleaning idea would snowball and more people would take ownership of their local public spaces and take rubbish away with them when they saw it. So we got everyone that was involved to take photos of themselves picking up the rubbish to enter the prize draw so hopefully lots more people would see what had been happening. We have put a couple of collages of some of the images of people participating below. The event ended up being a success with the people involved really pumped on it and also there was a lot of feedback about other people seeing it happening really happy with it too. So the plan is to build on this next year and following years so hopefully it will become a more and more well supported event. Hopefully the eventual result is people noting how clean Gisborne and surrounding areas are which has got to be good for our community.
EVEN IN GIZZY WE CAN'T WEAR JANDALS ALL THE TIME
Its the start of winter and things are starting to get a bit chilly, especially in the morning. And even though jandals are a staple part of the wardrobe pretty much all year round in Gizzy its sometimes nice to have a warm dry pair of shoes to slip the old feet into. So the good news is we've just put a bunch of shoes, over 140 pairs, on clearance at 25-60% off. Brands such as Globe, DC Shoes, Kustom, Reef, Gallaz and Emu are in the sale. Stock is limited so make sure you get in quick. Check a photo of some of the included styles below.
HELP CLEAN UP OUR TOWN AND GET A CHANCE TO WIN A NEW WETSUIT
We thought Anzac Day was a good day to spend a bit of time doing something good for our community in honour of those that gave their lives for New Zealand and Australia. So Blitz is fronting up with a pretty hefty prize to encourage people to get involved in the cause. To find out full details about this project of ours head over to our Blitz Surf Shop Facebook page. But basically we want to encourage as many people as possible to get out and pick up just 10 pieces of rubbish from public spaces in our community (beaches, river banks, parks, sports fields, streets or anywhere else). It might be a bit of a Pipe dream at the moment but imagine if everyone in the Gisborne district did this, we would then pick up more than 400,000 pieces of rubbish together! Head over to our Facebook page and find out more details and how, by participating, you might win yourself a new wetsuit.
TAKING CARE OF YOUR WETSUIT
Apart from your surfboard(s), your wetsuit is probably the next most expensive and important part of your surfing kit. Especially in the cold New Zealand winter. Prices of wetsuits have dropped significantly over the last couple of years but in spite of these massive price drops it is still very important to look after your wetsuit so you can get the most out of your investment and continue to stay warmer for longer in the water. Then you'll have more money in your pocket for that post-surf pie and coffee. All top wetsuit brands will have at least a 12 month warranty against faults, some have 3 years on the seams, but it still doesn't allow for wear and tear that you have caused or poor care. When you purchase a wetsuit ask the person who is helping you with it how long the warranty is and what it covers.
Obviously the heavier users of wetsuits will wear their suits out more quickly than people that aren't surfing so much but there are some simple tips to help you get the most out of your wetsuit:
- never leave your wetsuit in a wet pile in the back of your car, not only is this bad for your wetsuit but makes your car smell stale
- the sun causes the most harm to your wetsuit, you should dry it in the shade hanging on an appropriate hanger if possible. Cover it with your towel if you really need to leave it in the sun. The longer and more often you leave it out in the sun the more quickly the neoprene will deteriorate. This can also with time cause cracking in the rubber welding of sealed suits.
- rinse your wetsuit in fresh water regularly. Obviously it is made for use in salt water but gradually build up of salt deposits cause the neoprene to stiffen
- don't hang your wetsuit over something that it could catch on and tear. We get a lot of people coming in trying to get a warranty on a wetsuit where clearly it has caught on something. All of the wetsuit companies are really good with their warranties but the warranty won't cover that.
- there are some products out there such as Rip Curl's "Piss Off" wetsuit detergent which has been made specifically for use with wetsuits. That can be really good for getting some life back into a stiff suit that hasn't been rinsed very well.
- with some models of suits, if you want the stretchiest, in some brands this compromises the durability. If you are really hard on your gear but are on a budget it may be better to go for something a little less stretchy so that it is more durable and longer lasting. Most of the well known companies have these days found good neoprene that gives a compromise between stretch and durability.
- don't leave your wetsuit on the roof of your car! Pretty simple really but a lot of people do it and then you drive off leaving your wetsuit somewhere on the coast road for someone else to score.
- we have noted in our shop that lighter coloured wetsuits seem to have a shorter life span than darker coloured suits, especially in the thinner ones. If you don't want to chew through your suit, especially thin summer suits...go for a darker colour.
WAHINE ON WAVES UPDATE
With over 40 participants the girls of varying ability and ages enjoyed a sunday
Every wahine ( girl ) got coaching tips from surf friendly
volunteers in the local area, sharing their knowledge and skills. The
participants got to work on their existing skills or learning new tricks to
becoming a surfer girl!
The weather and surf conditions weren't by any means
amazing but it didn't stop the beach being filled with families and dogs,
supporting the girls to go surfing.
A special thank you to everyone who
showed up interested to be a part of Wahine on Waves, all the sponsors and
helpers who gave up their time to enjoy the many benefits of surfing and what
our beautiful natural environment has to offer.
Wahine on Waves
intention is to encourage and cultivate a supportive environment for any
girl/lady to get in the ocean. To have fun and improve surf -
The event would not have been possible without Gina Samson
for running the event, check out her shop www.beyondtheblue.net.nz, Nikki
Horsman you're a gem, Thank you Don Pearson www.dose-of-salts.com for the photos,
Euan and Tamera from www.blitzsurf.co.nz, Danny from www.saltgypsy.com, Alana from www.surfkiniaustralia.com, Matt
Skuse from Eastland Trader, Razza from Raza Surf School, Mick from www.gobamboo.co.nz
Susie Gibson for the
graphic design www.susiegibson.squarespace.com,
Tommy Dalton from the Boardroom www.surfboards.net.nz, www.ktorthodontics.co.nz Katherine
Thompson , Gisborne Boardriders Club and The Okitu Store.
Tune in for the
next event 19th Jan 2014 - just after Nationals in Gisborne
all very much
MINING FOR NUGGETS ON THE EAST COAST (15/8/13)
The rumour mill first hit me on Tuesday morning when a guy I know, JP, informed me
that the council had been letting untreated sewage flow into our local rivers over the weekend during the brief period
of heavy rain that Gisborne experienced. And as a result, this sewage was making its way out into the bay. Now 99.9% of the time you've gotta take the Gisborne rumour mill with a bit of salt as often its either Chinese whispers or
downright gossip and bullshit. But JP is a pretty credible guy and his source was also very credible so I had a good listen to what he had to say with a certain level of disgust and anger that this could have possibly even happened
in our little slice of East Coast paradise. Then what do you know? Nek minnit the Gisborne Herald published this
that certainly confirmed what I had already been told. It was now with an even greater level of
disgust and anger that I read their story.
Essentially raw sewage was pumped into our local rivers at three outlets for a 22 hour period over Sunday and Monday. This out of the Herald from Sarwan Kumar,Regulatory Sevices Manager "The recommendation at the moment is not to swim
at the beaches for five days. That is how long we believe the water will take to clean. It is not safe at the moment. People should not be fishing or collecting seafood either,” he said. Later in the article from the same source Mr Kumar said the recommendation was low-key because it was winter and there would not be many people in the sea. Um
excuse me Mr Kumar, shouldn't you have put a warning out prior to opening the shit valves? We have been experiencing
one of the best winter periods of weather and surf in some years and there have been a lot of users at the local beaches, not just surfers but all sorts of beach users. Should public safety not be a major concern of yours before you push the big brown button?
Now I'm left thinking how many people listened to my surf report on Monday when I told them that the
surf in town was quite good that day and well worth a crack? Was I now somehow partially responsible for
sending a bunch of local surfers out into a pile of shit? Have I inadvertently been somehow involved in
a whole load of sick days in Gizzy this week? Or do more people listen to the surf report on The Rock and can I pin
the blame on my old mate Blair down the road at the competition? Or maybe nobody listens to the surf reports
anymore because they can all dial in to the net? So we can absolve ourselves locally of any feelings of guilt for local surfers' faecal contamination. To mitigate any feelings of guilt I have made sure to announce on the radio three times a day for the rest of this week that you should not be surfing at the town beaches because of the actions of the council. I also let the crew at http://www.surf2surf.com/ know so they can let the internet users know about the health risks. Imagine duckdiving straight into a brown nugget! Or worse still getting a mouthful of it when you come up early from a hold down gasping for air. Seriously, screw that shit!! I think its probably even a bit sketchy up around the coast beaches this week with the current SE swell direction.
Now Ok, I'll admit it, I'm not a water engineer and in no way would even try to claim that I know the ins and outs of Gisborne's waste water, sewage and storm water systems. But I do have a couple of questions about this latest act by our
council. Hasn't the council in recent years spent $25,000,000 dollars of our rate payers' money on purchasing an
all-singing, all-dancing water treatment plant? Or did they save us some money and go and
purchase a price point version from the Water Treatment Warehouse? I would've thought that a spend of
$25,000,000 (of other people's money) would have bought us a system that would be able to cope with demand under all conditions except maybe the most extreme. Although I now see there has been a further $10,000,000 earmarked to upgrade our storm water systems over the next x amount of years....hopefully $35,000,000 will get our shit sorted. Now I must note that we've been blessed with some pretty bloody awesome weather this winter and have had a fraction of the normal rainfall. So how many times did they drain raw sewage into our waterways last winter when we had the most rain in decades? If they had to open the shit pipes this weekend, surely they had to do it a lot last year? Were the public ever informed of this happening last year? I don't recall ever
hearing any warnings about not using the town beaches or rivers. Or did they do the old Stealth Bomber and fly
it in under the radar? Probably a more likely scenario. I thought my increasing number of ear infections were due to a worsening case of Surfers Ear. I think I was wrong, I've probably got a piece of shit stuck in my ear!
Surely at the very very least, if this really had to happen, like really had to happen, the council could have given a public notification in advance or at the time of the shit flow? Public health and safety are at risk here, not to mention the damage to the local marine life and environment. I was informed by someone that was involved, that a clean water coalition had hit the
council up about this issue as far back as 1991. At that time the council was supposed to have sorted this problem by addressing storm water and overflow issues on properties around Gisborne to prevent the need for this sewage discharge. That's 22 years ago by my calculations. Yet it is still happening. WTF??? And how often it is really happening we'll probably never know.
Seabed mining is another thorny issue hitting our community at present, and an oil spill locally would be catastrophic….but at the moment I think we should be pretty concerned about the brown lumpy oil slick we have on our hands. GDC sort your shit out please!
NGATI POROU EAST COAST RANFURLY SHIELD CHALLENGE
They might've lost on the scoreboard but there was no shortage of ticker from the local coast boys.
WAHINE ON WAVES FINAL SESSION
On Wednesday we held the final Wahine on Waves for summer
The weather was supurb with a low tide 2 foot swell hitting the Surf
Beach of Northern Makarori in Gisborne - New Zealand. It is school holidays here
so what a fabulous way to spend a wednesday morning.
There was all abilities
of surfette's, some paddled out the back to catch the green waves, some watched
in awwe as the local ripping girls tore the waves to pieces, whilst some girls
checked out the white wash in an attempt to ride their first waves!
had a super fun morning of surfing.
With a sausage sizzle and spot prizes no
one went home empty handed or with an empty stomach!
Ava Smith won a
surfkini bikini prize for funniest girl to surf with, she also has the best
dance while riding her surfboard. India McCulloch won a Vonzipper tee prize for
being really brave as she copped a big wave on the head and didn't give up to
get back out the back. Ella Jungwirth won a surfkini 'onesie' for being the
Wahine on Waves strives to bring girls/ladies
together in a non threatening environment to have fun with surfing, what ever
the level, everyone is welcome.
A chance to mingle and meet new friends or
catch up with your mates.
It was another golden morning of the endless gizzy
summer we are having.
Big thank you also to Dayna Story, Jasmine Smith and
Abby Logan, Nikki Horsman, Gina Samson, Cath Roberts and all my beautiful
friends that are so supportive of Wahine days! Jasmine and Dayna are travelling
soon to Nicaragua to compete in the Junior World surfing comp soon, we wish you
the best of luck with your surfing and travel adventures.
Hey so thank
YOU as without your support the event could not be possible, the local girl
surfers love Wahine on Waves and so do we!
THANK YOU --- Surfkini
Australia, Salt Gypsy, Surfers Skin, Vonzipper, Blitz Surf Shop, Eastland
Trader, MF Pilates, KT Orthodontics, Go Bamboo ---
FINAL WAHINE ON WAVES FOR THIS SEASON (Wednesday 24th April 9am)
The final WOW session is coming up during the school holidays on 24/4 after the last one was postponed due to lack of surf a few weeks ago. The meeting place will be down at Gizzy Pipe (just past Midway Surf Club) at 9am. Surfing will take place between 9:30-11:00am and then spot prizes will be handed out at 11:30am. Surf instructors for all levels will be available. You need to register down at Blitz Surf Shop if you want to participate and spaces are limited so make sure you get in quick!
WAHINE ON WAVES REPORT FEB 2013
Kia Ora Koutou
Wahine on Waves hit Northern Makarori Beach this Wednesday evening in Gisborne. More than 50 girls/ladies gathered to participate in Wahine on Waves, the sessions registrations filled up fast and we had to turn away alot of wahine that were keen to be a part of the action. The evening started off with a sun shower followed by a beautiful big rainbow, an interesting way to kickstart the session. The waves were pretty poor with a 1 to 2ft of on shore conditions, the wind was pretty mild and the water nice and warm so there was plenty of fun to be had, even in the small waves. The ages of participants ranged from 5 to 45years and loads of younger girls this session. Varying abilities but the waves were small so everyone just goofed around in the small waves. A few of the girls caught their first waves surrounded by local helpful coaches hooting in the background. Whoop whoop. A special thanks to all the volunteer coaches, alot of local experienced surfers including the local ripping gromettes Abi Daunton, Abby Falwasser Logan, Jasmine Smith and Dayna Story, and Grom Tom Dixon Smith. 'I was really amazed at the turnout, everyone had such a fantastic few hours and it really shows how events like these are a draw card to aspiring surfettes' all we do is provide the date, and the location, have a fun warm up, break into groups of abilities and head on out into the water to get on our boards, giving tips along the way. It is really fun to have everyone together at one time enjoying our beautiful surroundings, the waves and the camaraderie amongst all the wahine. I love it, I have met so many new friends and over the years watched the girls progress and become more confident. For those that didn't have boards or wetsuits we had plenty to borrow, big thanks to Gary Quinn from the Okitu Store for this huge contribution to Wahine on Waves, also to all the wonderful sponsors for whom it would not be possible Blitz Surf Shop for taking registrations, Surfkini Australia for beautiful Bikini Spot prizes, Surfers Skin, Eastland Trader, Vonzipper, Go Bamboo, Kt Orthodontics, MF Pilates, Raza Surf School, Gisborne Boardriders Club for the Sausage Sizzle, Beyond the Blue ( Gina your a legend ), Salt Gypsy and Susie Gibson Graphic Design, Phil Yeo and Don Pearson for the photo's. Thanks to everyone involved to all the Mums for bringing their kids to the beach and we look forward to seeing you on March 13th.
See you in the Water.
ONE LAW FOR SOME?
I must say that I am pretty shocked and disgusted that a local judge in Gisborne can find it appropriate to let an offending drink driver that was caught driving over twice the legal limit off their charge without conviction. Currently a large number of people in New Zealand are calling for legal limits to be lowered and punishments increased because of the carnage that drink drivers cause on our road yet this judge sends out a message like this??
From the Gisborne Herald
"The woman was caught drunk driving by Gisborne police on Thursday, November 8 last year with a breath-alcohol level of 801 micrograms per litre of breath — double the legal limit of 400mcg.
Judge Graham Hubble discharged her without conviction, which meant she was not fined and did not lose her licence, and granted her permanent name suppression because of an upcoming opportunity to represent New Zealand overseas in her sport".
I really hope the local police go forward and appeal this ruling and that the driver gets convicted. Nobody should be allowed to get away with that. What if she had killed or injured someone?
BLITZ SURF SHOP EPIC SUMMER SALE (FRIDAY 1 FEBRUARY)
The summer is still cranking away here in Gisborne with high daytime temperatures regularly hitting the 30s. The sea water is the warmest it has been in ages and it looks set to stay that way for sometime. There couldn't be a better time to head on down to Blitz or log in to our online store and score yourself that new bikini or those new boardshorts on special while our stocks last. How much nicer is it to get out surfing in a nice new pair of four way stretch technical boardshorts than the traditional old stiff ones (check out the Hurley Phantom, the Rip Curl Mirage and the O'Neill Hyperfreak ranges to see what I'm talking about. New winter stock has already started arriving and although you probably don't need it yet, you should come on down to Blitz and check that out. There's some pretty epic new styles and lower prices to get you frothing on the winter! We are now selling Hurley online too and not only are their summer gears pretty sweet but there are some great offerings in the upcoming winter season too. Blitz Surf Shop, where you'll always find some free parking whether you're here online or here in the flesh.
WAHINE ON WAVES REPORT (Sunday 2 December 2012)
Yesterday was the first of the Wahine on Waves series of 3 sessions this summer.
At Gisborne Pipe surf break over 50 girls took to the water to work on existing
skills or learn to surf. With local rippers Jasmine Smith, Abby Logan, Jayda
Martin Fitzharris showing the girls their talented surfing athleticism.
Local Coaches/ surfers donated their time to introduce some girls to the
healthy lifestyle of surfing that is readily available here in
Blitz Surf Shop, Raza Surf School and Okitu Store kindly donated
boards and wetsuits.
Many Wahine had not been back in the water since
having children or either tiny gromettes ( young surfers ) ready to start to
their lifelong addiction, everyones story was interesting! The range of
abilities and ages was super varied. From 6 years to 46 years the aim of the day
was to get amongst the waves and have a blast!
The weather was a little
challenging with rain early on and gusty nor westerlies but the sun came out and
the waves were great ranging from 2- 3 foot, perfect to the catch a green face
out the back, a reformed wave in the middle or the white wash on the inside.
The Gisborne Boardriders club had a fundraiser sausage sizzle and
everyone awaited anxiously for the prizegiving. Nalley Marino won a special
prize 'Von Zipper prizepack' for her determination and persistence at popping up.
Everyone took a spot prize home along with a big smile and I would say some
Wahine would have had a well earned afternoon siesta.
The day was
extremely successful and wouldn't have been as awesome without your support, so
thank you for all the lovely prizes you so kindly donated! One lucky lady even
took home a BW ticket for the festival on the 27th Dec.
The Girls were
stoked on the event and are already looking forward to the next one on 13 Feb
2013. Rest assured Girls Surfing in Gisborne is on the UP!
Our good friends aka the pretty damn cool crew atBillabong NZ have given
Blitz Surf Shop a 3/2mm Billabong
Revolution wetsuit to give away to one lucky
Blitz customer as a prize which will be drawn on Christmas Eve.
Any $50 you spend at Blitz Surf Shop either instore or online between now
and Christmas will give you the chance
to enter the draw to win yourself a
new wetsuit for Christmas!