January 30, 2009


Filed under: Tom Whitaker — Tags: , , , , — wpssuperblog @ 7:11 pm


Bronte pigs, winners are grinners! © Global Surftag

Hi All,

Long time no blog. I’ve been having way too much fun to sit down and write but I did find a little time so here we go …

Christmas and the New Year at home is all about summer and chillin’ out. The weather is all-time, waves not so good but I was happy to forget about surfing for a while.

Christmas with the family and New Year’s Eve was great but my fun was New Year’s Day, I had a dress-up ping pong cocktail party for those of my friends who could back up after a big New Year’s Eve.

First to arrive was Clouse (Jarred Howse) and the bloody marys started from there. After hours of different cocktails the ping pong started up, and I could go into the ding dong battles of epic proportion but I lost first round and was back on the couch crying into my bloody mary so I’m not giving anyone else glory. (Sorry Bruns, u did smash us all).

After the New Year I was off on holiday to Thailand! Yep, no waves there either and I didn’t mind. Still had a sore knee so was perfect to rest and sink a few more cocktails. Some amazing places there and the food was all time. Tried so hard to not put on weight but came home a little over fighting weight, hahaha.


The elephant that helped me propose.

I also proposed to my girlfriend, which was the highlight of the trip. She never saw it coming and thankfully said “YES”.

Home now and time to get ready for the start of the tour, the feet are getting itchy to surf my brains out which is great. Got the competitive juices flowing with the state Surftag team bout and, yes, The Bronte Blue Ducks took it out.


If you want to know exactly how we got our name “The Blue Ducks” check the site next week when I take you on a tour of my home beach. © Global Surftag

Such a fun event — we had to surf the trials and ended up winning the whole thing, not only that, we won every heat!!!

Well, I’m done. I never look at my computer this long. My eyes are getting weird!

Seeya on the Goldie,

– Whits


October 28, 2008


Filed under: Jake Paterson — Tags: , , , , , — wpssuperblog @ 10:26 pm

The new Snake digs under construction at Canggu. Check the photo at the bottom of the blog to see what it’ll look like when it’s done.

Well, it’s been a while. So much has happened in the last couple of
months so I will give a quick recap …

Firstly, I have a new job at Quiksilver Indonesia working in sports
marketing!!! Yeah, I have an office and a desk and stuff, haha, pretty heavy after having the ocean as my office for about 20 years!!! I’m stoked to be working in the industry that I know and love.

I’m still doing some work at the Quiksilver events: I was in France for the Quiksilver Pro where we saw Ace Buchan have his maiden win and holding off Kelly in the final.

The Champ, in Bali a couple of months back. ©Shield

Stoked for Ace, but it would have been great for Quiksilver for Kelly to win and be crowned the 2008 World Champ at that event. He didn’t have to wait long as he won it the next week in Mundaka. What a freak — nine World Titles!!! I’m sure he will have a shot at winning two fists full.

After France, I was back in Bali for a couple of weeks then I was off to Portugal to coach the Australian team at the ISA World Games. It was one of the best events I have been part of – the camaraderie is unbelievable and just to be a part of the whole thing was an honour. Australia smashed the field winning by over 3000 points so our team made me look pretty good as coach! Haha.

I’m back in Bali now and look forward to getting some good waves and finishing the house we are building up here in Canggu.

This is how it’s going to look when it’s all done.

Yes, I have been in the office the last few days catching up on everything but hopefully next week I will get some time to get in the water, swell looks good all week.

Until next blog,

Take it easy,

Jake the Snake

October 14, 2008


Filed under: Damien Hobgood — Tags: , , , — wpssuperblog @ 6:17 pm

This is what a Baja dust storm looks like from space. © SeaWiFS Project/ NASA.

Flew back from Europe, saw this hurricane spinning off Baja, so the next morning I scrabbled to make it to the airstrip to jump in a little one engine Cessna, which, I thought, would be flying me down to score perfect waves.

Mundaka may have been wet but at least there were waves. © Joli

Slept in the dirt with my jacket, got blown all over the place, ate snacks for three days, and got crap waves. Scored.




Filed under: CJ Hobgood — Tags: , , , , — wpssuperblog @ 6:06 pm

Mundaka came back to life during the Billabong Pro event. © Joli

What’s going on? Without fail — for like three years in a row – Mundaka ends and the waves pump for a week …

Me, Benny, Dion and Yadin surfed our brains out for the last few days. Good thing is after a month in France you have a semi handle on the bars’ direction, size, and what not, to make a somewhat educated decision and try to nail the windows.

France: Had a blast, I love that place! © Joli

We did a pretty good job except for one of the days when I swear we checked every spot between Zarautz and Bordeaux.

Me and Benny got a flight to Portugal for the World Games on Sunday where we competed today in (no lie) really fun and super-rippable waves — tripping.

And now Portugal: checking the waves and scene around Lisbon. © Gago

Looks like we’ve got our work cut out for us, the Aussies, Tahitians, Brasilians and South Africans are blowing up.

Should be fun.


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