Morocan Madness May 23, 2010 by Daisy Thomas (Surfer)

Hey People, Hope the season at home is going off! I have been holding off writing a blog as I have not yet uploaded any photos and as you can imagine Morocco does not have the fastest Internet time but I will give you a wee update now.

So I have started work with two weeks of Roxy Surf Weeks which has been crazy but really enjoyable, I am currently sitting very relaxed after a traditional Hammam and massage which consists of wearing paper underwear, getting scrubbed from head to toe and bathed. It is an incredible feeling and your skin comes out feeling the softest it has been since you were a wee tot. After two weeks of solid days in the sun, sand and ocean it was high time for a good relaxation.

It is interesting being a western woman in a Muslim country, at first I felt very vulnerable and out of my depth but as the days go by my surroundings are more familiar. There are not many women you see around the streets and when they are out and about they are covered from head to toe in their traditional jalabas and as you can imagine a western woman sticks out like a sore thumb but it has been nice covering up trying to fit into the culture.

The surf has not been amazing but its warm and I have been meeting some unreal people. Stay tuned for pics and more updates. Chur

The journey to the Nationals… March 8, 2010 by Daisy Thomas (Surfer)

I sat overlooking Raglans majestic point breaks practicing on my Ukulele reflecting on an awesome week so far and things were about to get better although I was unaware of this at the time, I was simply taking in the beauty of our land.

The time came and I went to pick my sister from another mister up and set off on our mission to Whangamata for the Longboard National Surfing Championships in a weeks time. We decided we would stop off in Ohope to pick up a surfboard from her Whanau who have a beautiful home and Motel a stones throw from the ocean. We stayed in a beautiful unit which overlooked Ohope beach and if any of you are looking for accommodation around the Whakatane area I would definitely recommend Sea View Motel, you are guaranteed a sea view and to have yourself a friendly, comfy, relaxing stay. Four days later we thought we had best be on our way after soaking up the sun, surfing super fun Ohope waves, hula hooping and searching for Moko the bodyboard thieving resident dolphin.

Good Morning All! January 21, 2010 by Daisy Thomas (Surfer)

The summer adventures have kicked off and I am on my way with my lad Tom tripping from spot to spot until we reach Whangamata for the Billagbong Pro at the end of this month and then Sandy Bays Longboard Tour Event the following weekend. So far we have brought the sunshine with us most of the way, scoring some super fun waves in Kaiks on the way through to the ferry. Setting up camp was made to be a breeze with our new Beta Spaceship complete with side awning to shelter us and give us some extra room.


Wellington was a family affair, catching up with whanau who I hadn’t seen for about 10 years! Lots of good laughs and yummy Kai went down and we were off to our next destination on the west coast of Aotearoa to get amongst some WWOOFING. No not barking like a dog…Willing Workers On Organic Farms is what WWOOF stands for. It’s something new to me and so far interesting. We are nestled up in the hills surrounded by native bush and a close view of the ocean through the haze of rain drops. Off to get some surf this afternoon. :)


Summer sails January 6, 2010 by Daisy Thomas (Surfer)

Hey guys, HAPPY NEW YEAR!! I hope it’s rocking along quite nicely for you all with the summer sun beaming.

I’m getting amped to start the mission north to get some warm wave time and adventures going. The first event of the longboard circuit was posponed as the waves were tiny…I had decided not to go to the comp before hand because my Dad was turning over the big six zero! So no loss inplanes tickets there but for some travelling north from the south would have been extreemly dissapointed.

Today my legs are on fire after a days sailing in the Lyttleton Harbour, it was amazing seeing the land from a different perspective. The hectors even came out for a play.

Good times at sea but please people…slip slop slap and wrap! :)

P.S this pic is from earlier in the year supporting 350.org

A bit of Christmas Spirit December 17, 2009 by Daisy Thomas (Surfer)

christmas 09 004daisy-thomas-profile-clear-70-newMorena!  Last night was my last night as a 20 year old, and I wondered to myself…Have I done or achieved everything that I wanted in this year?  I possibly left it a little bit late if I hadn’t but lucky I pondered and found that yes, I was rather satisfied. It triggered another thought though and that thought was to really truely live life up and take as many opportunities as you can having as much fun as you can because your never going to get another year like the one that has just been.

On a less deep note…here is a pic of my flat mate (Yes he is dressed in a Mountain Dew outfit) His girl Mal and him let the creative juices flow when he came home and said he needed to dress in green or red at work tomorrow to show real christmas spirt. Big ups to that! Geoff will be providing many smiles today, awesome!  Have a wicked Christmas guys!!!

Festive summer season December 9, 2009 by Daisy Thomas (Surfer)

daisy-thomas-profile-clear-70-newKia Ora, Well the dates have been released and summer has begun, so it is now time to rumage around for my bikini and get amped for some NZ summer sun (being sunsmart at the same time of course).

January will be the first event for me of the season along with some tramping/kayaking around the Abel Tasman and visiting of the whanau while I trip up north in my Spaceship.
1On another note, the 350 Climate Action Confrence took place in Copenhagen and it is the most powerful action that has taken place making history.  So anyone who got amongst it should be feeling pretty stoked right now that they are helping to change the way we think about our actions and how it affects this beautiful planet we live on!

Any-who I’m off to work but be sure to check in later for news on up and coming happenings.

You can check out the full list of the NZ summer surfing events on our calendar here…

Daisy Flooded the Kitchen & Sea-lion antics! November 16, 2009 by Daisy Thomas (Surfer)

daisy-thomas-profile-clear-70-newAfter a long day at work with a head wind to and from town on my bike I get home, put the neglected washing in the machine and soak my whites in the sink. I put my feet up and organise some summer plans….flattie arrives home with a screech, “Daisy the washing machine is flooding” oh dam! I race up and sure enough the whole entire kitchen is 2 inches deep with water and the sink in which my whites (now extra dirty) had been soaking was full to the brim and overflowing. I must not have realise that the machine water actually flows through from the machine into the sink?? Hmmm…If it has nowhere to go then it’s heading straight for the floor. A mop and 10 towels later all is gooood in this sunny beach side flat :)

Hyundai Pro Longboard Tour 2010 November 2, 2009 by Mountain Dew NZ

Surfing NZ logo clear 70The legendary Hyundai Pro Longboard Tour has been confirmed for the coming summer of 2010. Five major events will be held throughout New Zealand including one new event location and a change to the National Longboard Championships.

Renowned as one of the sharpest yet fun surfing tours in New Zealand, the Hyundai Pro Longboard Tour is sure to have longboarders nationwide locking in dates to hit the beach and families climbing onboard to be part of the new twist in the competition – earning the title of best longboarding family in New Zealand.

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