Made it! May 6, 2010 by Daisy Thomas (Surfer)

Heya, It seems like a long time ago now because so much has gone on but yes we made it safe and sound to London, managing to dodge the Volcanic Ash that shut down the whole of Europe!

3 surfboards, 2 boardbags, 5 bags, 4 people and a Ukulele..tight!

On arrival we were greeted by mum and dad who were over seeing my gramps whose 90th birthday was celebrated along with my twin cuzzies 21st and Uncles birthday all on the same day, epic.

Its amazing travelling as far as we do from NZ and getting to our destination to know somebody, anywho we set off to Wales ahh the homeland. My Father grew up in Wales hence the family history and strong connection to the place. Wales is a wonderful place with lush green acres and tiny little country roads which wind through the coastline into the counrty side. I saw alot of family history which was interesting.

Epic wee bar with live music, my cousins friend was singing this night (Jessica Cornish, you should check her out her voice is amazing) this is the bar that Dizzie Rascal was discovered. Radical

Over the summer I stayed with some wonderful people in Gisborne who really reminded me how important knowing your Whakapapa is, it was such perfect timing because I was to be setting off to the land where my fathers side of the family made their mark, it gave me extra amp to really find out from my grandfather what went on in those days and he gave some darn inspiring stories on people, war and family. The stuff I don’t think you really appreciate until you get a little older.

After a good week checking out the history in the welsh folk museum, catching up with friends and enjoying family time we set off to the big smoke, London.

Huge buildings dwarfed us at Canary Wharfe, where all the financial stockmarket stuff goes down

London was great fun, not having to be anywhere at a certain time, being able to purely walk and not fall into the rat race of the London streets was fantastic. Tom and I set off on a mission to find an art shop, which we did and along the way we saw buskers, ate blueberries by the punnet and ate pizza.
So much went on in the last few days if I write it all down you’ll fall asleep so how about I just leave you with these photos.

p.s we surfed a wonderful place called Llangennith in Wales but I got no pics because it was so foggy we couldn’t even see the waters edge!


Ocean in Wales but blocked off by any type of swell

Flat ocean, this place does get waves though.

Boat Trip Photo Shoot in Papua New Guinea! February 26, 2010 by Angie Koops (Surfer)

Hi guys, so exciting – I’m going to Papua New Guinea with a few Pro guy surfers (I’m going to be the only girl surfer on board). It all happened so quickly because this nice swell was forecasted and Andrew Sheild the photographer for Australian Surfing Life magazine thought that this was the best opportunity to get the best waves, so it all literally happened within a couple of days.  Yesterday we found out about the swell and today tickets were booked!!!  So I’m heading off to PNG tomorrow yeesh so quick! Very exciting!

We will be on a boat for 8 days traveling around finding the most remote best surfing conditions.  It is forecasted that we will find beautiful 4-6ft reef breaks. I have never been to PNG and it’s a pretty remote surfing area so without a doubt we will be surfing some un-crowded surf!!  I’ll write another blog when I get back with heaps of pics from my trip!

Thanks MD NZ January 14, 2010 by Angie Koops (Surfer)

I just want to say the biggest thanks to Mountain Dew NZ especially for 2009 year as you guys have been the best sponsor I have ever had!  It’s so hard to get a sponsor (especially in surfing) that will help out in anyway financially and every dollar has been so helpful.  Plus everyone loves the endless supply of MD!!!  My sister is getting married on the 23rd of Jan and they are so stoked to be able to hook up all their friends and family with the best Dew!  Thanks heaps!!!

Finalist In the Trial of Trials for Quiksilver Pro December 21, 2009 by Angie Koops (Surfer)

angie-profile-clear-70-newHi Guys, Merry Christmas woo hasn’t the year flown by!  Well I’m very stoked that I made my first final of the Trial for Trials for the Quiky Pro on the Goldy.  I was wave starved in the final but all good I ended up coming in 3rd place. You can check out some pics from the event here.

Hope everyone has a safe and super fun christmas New Year xx


3D Advert for Samsung pics December 4, 2009 by Angie Koops (Surfer)

056angie-profile-clear-70-newHey well today was an interesting day, I didn’t quite know what was happening from the beginning as I thought the shoot was for Ritchos Surf School, but no I was wrong it was for a 3D Samsung Advertisement.  We had to wear the brightest clothes possible so it would show up really well on the camera.

It was a classic day of doing a lot of role-playing taking a lot of “take actions” and the best part surfing.  The waves were really fun when we first paddled out, but it did start to deteriorate quickly. It was one of the most picturiest days, the water was crystal clear with not a cloud in the sky, perfect day for playing in the sun.  At the end of it we were paid $200 – not bad for an afternoon in the sun and surf!  Here are a few pics of the day . . .

Womens Curl surfing Magazine editorial December 4, 2009 by Angie Koops (Surfer)

angie-profile-clear-70-newHey guys, here is some editorial put in this months issue of Curl magazine…

Angie Dec 09 Curl Article

Here’s a close up of the article…

Samsung Surfing Promo DVD December 1, 2009 by Angie Koops (Surfer)

angie-profile-clear-70-newHey guys,  this thursday about 8 of us are going to be doing a surfing promotional dvd for Samsung and Ritcho’s surf school, he trains the likes of Joel Parkinson who is sitting 2nd on the ratings for the World Title at the mo.  Anyway it should be good because we are getting paid $200 to surf and train – usually im the one paying for the lesson so thats a pretty sweet deal :)  Talk soon, have good day!

Thought this was cool November 16, 2009 by Angie Koops (Surfer)

angie-profile-clear-70-new I thought that this was good -

“Sad is the day for any man when he becomes absolutely satisfied with the life he is living, the thoughts he is thinking, and the things he is doing; when there ceases to be forever beating at the doors of his soul a desire to do something larger which he seeks and knows he was meant and intended to do.” - Phillips Brooks

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