30 December 2011

The Sugden Tapes - The Oldfartsurfer Interviews Aspiring Politician James Sugden

OK, we've teased you enough and now its time to get serious and finally reveal who James Sugden is.  The reality is he is a mate of the The Mexican, and while the Old Farts Surf Co. is generally apolitical, James has a good set of values and we thought we would throw our considerable political weight behind him in his bid as an independent candidate for the Tasmanian Legislative Council seat of Hobart.
 As an independent, James doesn't have the political party machinery behind him. He'll get his placards out there, he's set up web, Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter sites and will be door knocking the suburbs, however, we thought that by publishing this interview it would give people an opportunity to find out more about James, his values and character.

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Spot Rides Again

In transit from the tropical north to join Moose (OFSC No. 5) and his fan base in Canada, Spot (OFSC No. 6), has dropped in on The Mexican (OFSC No. 4) for some lessons on how to ride Sammy the 9'6" McTavish SUP.  "Its part of my goal of being an all round waterman" said the enthusiastic student, "plus my Canuck fan base really want to see me pushing boundaries".
(Spot makes his first tentative foray into wave SUP riding in small surf)
"Most riders try flat water to get a feel for Sammy before taking him in the surf" said Mex.  "However, Spot was pretty keen to get started so we put him in the surf from the start and he handled the small stuff pretty well for a beginner"
(Mex demonstrates timing his run for the wave)
 The  next day the swell picked up and Spot was hungry to try some big surf on Sammy.  "The Mex gave me a demonstration of how it was done first" said Spot.  "He showed how it was all about timing and positioning your run for the wave and then using your footwork on the Board so it wouldn't catch an edge or nose dive"
(Mex's footwork on the board, note the considerable weight on the back foot)
After the brief demonstration by the Mex, Spot got out there for a crack at some of the bigger waves.  "Initially Spot had a bit of trouble with his timing" said Mex, "He had a tendency to paddle too early and the waves broke on the back of his board, knocking him off"
(One of Spots early attempts, getting the timing wrong)
Regarding the student's progress, Mex commented "Once Spot started timing his run for the wave he got the opportunity to understand how footwork was needed to find the sweet spot in the face of the wave to get speed, and once you have speed the wave is your oyster"
(Spot gets his timing right and takes off on a big wave)
 "After a few nose dives and then catching the outside edge of the board I think I started to understand the finer art of SUP riding" said Spot, "I've got a couple more weeks to practice before I head to Tofino to show my Canuck fan base my extended repertoire."
(Spot using good footwork to pull off this massive bottom turn)
News from Canada is that that Spot will get a warm welcome and that officials are concerned that the associated  rise in temperature could ruin the rest of the ski season.
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28 December 2011

East Coast Magic Chapter 1

(This photo gives a hint to where in the world these photos were taken)
This is the second installment of the east coast magic photos taken by Ol' Pete a couple of years ago during a big east coast swell. 
These photos are taken at the first location Ol' Pete visited during the big east swell. 

27 December 2011

OFSC Easter Classic 2011 - Macho, his Progeny & the Oldfartsurfcaddy

(Macho purveys and grins as his progeny perform)
 "Why aren't you out here?" yelled Mex (OFSC No. 4) from the lineup as he paddled Sammy the 9'6" McTavish SUP back out for another 400m ride. "Waitin' on the oldfartsurfcaddy to arrive with the oldfartsurfingvehicles" was the response from Macho (OFSC No. 23). "and I'm havin' fun watchin' the progeny mixing it up with the big boys like Ol' Pete, Rouge & Spot."
(Little Macho paddles for set wave and Stylish Dan scratches over the top)
As Macho and Mex were speaking, Little Macho the Miniature Surf Sprog launched into a set wave. Initially it looked like he was a bit unbalanced, but then he pulled a massive 3G bottom turn that launched him down the line with speed and left footprints in the deck of he board.
(Little Macho gets to his feet)
(Little Macho leans it to a 3G bottom turn)
(Little Macho slides down the line with speed generated from his bottom turn)
"Did you see that?" yelled Macho. "Yeah, looks just like you Macho" replied Mex."You would have to look far to find a better oldfartsurfing role model than Macho" Mex commented as older Macho sprog, Stylish Dan, took off on the next wave and weaved his way down the point showing maturity of style learned from years of watching his old man in action.
(Stylish Dan, the future of oldfartsurfing)
"A lot of water under the board developing that style and these kids today pick it up so easily" said the old sage Macho to a couple of seagulls who would have preferred a couple of chips than ramblings of an olfartsurfer.  As he spoke the Oldfartsurfcaddy appeared out of the bushes and Macho's eye's lit up with a grin.  It was his turn now.
(the oldfartsurfcaddy arrives with the oldfartsurfingvehicles)