Surfing with Julie, Craig and Hunter.
Photo by Rik.
Photo by Jure.
Photo by Nick.
I was on my way to South Africa and it seems they changed the visa requirements for NZers. I have been to South Africa plenty of times before and always got a visa at the airport. For some reason, this time, I check ‘just in case’ – and find I have to apply at an Embassy for a personal interview and the visa processing would take a minimun of 7 working days and the outcome is not guaranteed.
So, I miss out on the Decolonising the Internet conference my buddy Anasuya is putting, on also the Shuttleworth panel we were going to be on at Wikimania. Sucks. But, its one of the few times I have had visa hassles as NZers are seen as ‘mostly harmless’ – so I can’t really complain. Except I really wanted to be there… ah well…so, last moment reschedule lands me in Mozambique for a 2 week holiday. Now I certainly can’t complain about that and I’m not even going to try…
Rented a small apartment on the beach and a surfboard… if you want to find me I might not be so easy to find for the next wee while…
In between stops on a Coko road tour. Hanging in Newquay, in the south of the UK. Watergate Bay beach is a nice, but crowded, surfing spot..
Nice spot down the road.
When in NZ, I often have meetings at 1am, 2am, 6am… since most of the team is ‘somewhere else’ 😉 That can be pretty tiring but a bonus is that if I can muster the energy I can sometimes slip away on a weekday, during the day, and enjoy Northland. Some photos from such an adventure today. I took my neighbor Mike out for a day’s surf’n at Ahipara.
The first two photos show a car we passed that had tried to get around the rocks (we drove around there today – it needs a good 4WD). The car broke an axle and then the tide came in and wrecked the car… it was a sad sight to see and a sober reminder of how treacherous the coast can be.
These photos of us returning to the Hokianga on the Rawene ferry. The end of a great day.
Matauri Bay today… I was the only one in the surf for quite a while. Not in the photos, but I was thinking…’all this scene needs now is some dolphins…’ and of course… a pod of dolphins swam by further out… no kidding…
NZ shaper Jack Candlish – https://organicdynamic.com
100% eco surfboards… recycled polystyrene, home grown timber, plant based resin… pretty awesome. Some cool vids online about their boards.