but first a stop of at Millbrook winery, Millfield and I love the sun shade on this window still some left overs from the last sculpture in the vineyards tour and yes, Millbrook actually had some nice wines at good price, I even like the chardonnay ( not much of a white wine drinker ) and can't wait to pop the sparkling love a bit of backlight Forgot to take any photos of dinner last nigth, but this is the next morning ( we stayed at Kerrie's for the night ) but had a great dinner, Big Steve brought back a big salmon from the newcastle fish markets ( 4 kilo baby ) which fed about 8 of us, plus plenty left over for a nice lunch. A nice country sleep and up when the sun reached over the hill love Kerrie's new addition to the family goose those eyes love to have a dog, but only if I had a big property or big garden for it to rule and play in you met Goose, now meet Molly's horse, Sonny with Molly's mate Erin on top I think they like each other :-)
While I was away in Europe , Jacqui took her Swedish pal for lunch at the Manly Pavilion, and she just had to come back, no excuses needed. Let's go for a treat, and yum, starting off with a Amaretto Sour Champagne with liquor ( sorry forgot which one )for Jacs Hmmm, yummy. Carpaccio Yabbies And spunky lunch date :-)
And as usual the team work out of the back of the van, only way to go hehehe. See those clouds, this is after we already done 2 shots, and were getting a bit worried about those clouds coming closer, but luck was on our side and we had blue sky and no rain for the rest of the shoot. Here's a look at the previous shoot we did.
Kristian Moon is letting me try out these fins. I must say, in my whole life of surfing, once the era of the finbox was over ( slide the fin forward for smaller waves, back for bigger waves ) and the new Fin system came out, I never really put much emphasis on fins and the different types of fins ( although in the late 90's I was impressed with the swivel fin system, what ever happened to that, and where is Aldo ? ) So for a good decade I been merrily riding my boards without paying any attention the to the fins, that was until I bought a new board back in December and the shop keeper said for an extra 30 dollars he would throw in some glass fins , as opposed to the plastic fins that came with the board, nah mate, don't worry about it, I said, but he insisted, and I'm glad he did, I love my new board, but it wasn't till I took the fins out and put them in my old board, and woauw, my old board turned into a new board, so much more control and better response. I remember having such fun surfing that day, and felt I was getting so much more out of surfing, I remember coming in, and Jacqui was sitting on the beach waiting for me, she saw the smile on my face and told me I best go out and catch a few more as I was clearly enjoying myself. So this brings me now to trying out these big widow makers ( as Mark Warren likes to call them, no guessing as to why :-) with a small stabiliser fin in the middle. At first it did not do much for me, Kristian was telling I would get more speed, I probably was, but the response wasn't the same and it did not feel as "complete" like I was struggling to do my round house cutbacks in a nice smooth turn, but then I placed my back foot further back, and then yes, it fired and I was having a ball. Until... I got one of the better sized sets ( it was a small day, with 2 foot sets ) I took off bottom turned, and I felt a weird crunch ( got a flash back to when I lost a fin Bali ) and thought oh no, it can't be, next turn , yep, board nearly slid sideways. The extra surface size of the fin, meant there was more pressure on the fin plugs, and the fin ripped right out of my board, plugs and all. Went back to the car and got snorkel to try and look for it, but no luck, those things sink and get covered by the moving sand in no time. Bummer. oh well, got a few good waves, but now have no board to surf, till this is fixed.. :-(
Finally, a beautiful blue sky day, and a clean 4 foot swell As yes, same as while I was away covering the shows, the summer weather in australia has not been forthcoming, and instead there has been rain rain & rain
I appreciate this might not be everyone's cup of tea, but I like it a lot, great video. First time I heard this song was when Die Antwoord performed this song on David Letterman show, and yes, not a peep from Paul Schaffer, managed to shut that fucker up for a change ( I could never stand all his stupid comments ) and the expression on David's face, priceless :-) I know my dad is gone love this song, ...not