NZ Travel Log 0308 – Big Waves and a Happy Birthday!

nz-raglan-part-2-051-drew-before-fins-brok1The Waves Came – and they were BIG.  Just in time for Drew’s 38th birthday.  His first surf at Indicators was super – the waves were triple overhead and FAST.  He was having the best surf of the trip, until…..


Whale Bay

Whale Bay



Indicators Point

Indicators Point


His fins broke out of his board.  To get his other board out of the van would be another hour, due to the required hike around the point.  So he waited until later, and paddled back out for the evening session – on his brand new, never been waxed Ron House 6’8” gun.

Drew surfed for hours and caught some of the longest waves he may have ever ridden – one was about a quarter mile.  Eager to catch one last bomb before calling it a day, he hiked the point once again, jumped into the pumping waves, and hit a rock – and broke out yet another fin box.

Now out of surfboards, and with the swell picking up even more, we were in trouble.  It was about 8:30 at night, and surf shops in Raglan don’t open until after 9:00 the next day, which means he’d miss the morning session, the best of the day.


Wiggs painting Drew's new Board

Wiggs painting Drew's new Board


Then we got lucky.  We drove through the lot to check the waves at Manu Bay and ran into Craig Hughes, owner of Raglan Surf Co.  He was loading up his wife & kids after a surf when we saw him.  Being the generous Kiwi he is, he offered to take Drew to his shop then & there to pick out a new board.  It’s so nice to know cool people!

For Drew’s Birthday, he bought himself a new Craig Hughes T&C board and caught more great surf the next morning, which happened to be his birthday.  What added to the magic of this surf spot is that Drew met a few different people in the surf who had bought his video and paint pens.  One was a young Frenchman name Moc, who shamelessly admitted that he’s been copying Drew’s art since he was 12 years old.  The other was an older surfer visiting from Oz who just bought the paint pen kit online about 6 weeks ago.  Our world just gets smaller and smaller…..


Bridal Veil Falls

Bridal Veil Falls


Another fun thing in Raglan was hiking to Bridal Veil Falls.  We love the rainforest treks, where you can be hot as hell one minute, walk into the forest shade and be cold, then rain will come, then sun again.  One Kiwi explained their weather like this:  “We get all four seasons in a day here, Mate!”

We leave for Auckland today.  Raglan’s been good to us – we know half the town now and we’ve made great friends.  For the next two days, instead of surf we’ll be enjoying city life.  It will be a nice change!


Drew and Wiggs at Falls

Drew and Wiggs at Falls



Wiggs looking at Drew's painting in Raglan Surf Co

Wiggs looking at Drew's painting in Raglan Surf Co



Entry to big waves

Entry to big waves



The "road" to getting boards repaired

The "road" to getting boards repaired



Drew's Birthday Dinner in Raglan

Drew's Birthday Dinner in Raglan


Life is Good – Drew and His Crew xxoo

 

About Maria Brophy

During the last decade, acting as agent and brand manager, Maria has successfully built Drew Brophy’s lifestyle artist brand through licensing and special projects.

Maria writes a blog that helps other creative people to design the life of their dreams, too. Hop on over to Maria's blog at MariaBrophy.com

Comments

  1. hey bro its marc or moc 😉 the frenchman , how is the little familly?
    over in nz its a bit cold and the surf is very random,but keep on the vibe. i just finish to shape my first surf board , its a fish 6’0x20″1/2×2″1/2, quad!
    i havent glass it yet i want to do a paint job on it:)
    i need some info!
    do i paint on the blank or on the glass?
    i’m might need some posca maybe i’ll order some from you in a bit when i get some money…
    hope you all cool, the magic dream continue for me,
    talk soon!
    marc the french guy!

  2. how about the “drew brophy shreds Raglan, NZ left handers with power smacks and gouging turns” video post for all the jealous kooks back in the Carolinas ??

    Life is Good. great travel log, awesome writing and super pictures

    thanks for sharing.

    jamie

  3. Drew, Maria & Wiggs!

    Happy Birthday! Sounds like a great trip!

    Charles in Charge…

  4. Happy belated birthday you old crusty fart! 🙂 Glad you got some choice waves…finaly! Talk with soon-Al

  5. michael jordan says:

    hey guys hope all is well sounds like you caught some good waves happy bday, dano,tommy (the d) and i raided your boards while we were in san clemente thanks bro. We also hang out with you very gracious friends ron and jane house,they treated us as if you were right there with us…ps i’m moving to san clemente

  6. Hi guys. Was great to meet you in Raglan and Auckland. Looking fwd to catching you in the states all going well. Andrew, Kim, Jack Flynn

  7. Happy B’Day Papa Drew!!!! What a blast ; ) Thanks for the great pics and story Maria, and whassup Wiggs!!! We’re stoked to see you all soon – Much Love!!!

  8. Happy Birthday Bro! Looks like you’re having a rad time!
    I’m just glad that no matter how old we get, you’ll always still be OLDER than me. Haha.

    Brian

  9. Paul(Trey) says:

    happy birthday drew. Glad to see all is well on your trip. Best wish and continue a safe journey.

  10. Julie Lamb says:

    Looks like I’m a day late for you there but “HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I think your catching up to me 38!?! or damn I’m old. Looks like ya’ll are having a great time. M&D would have never survived in that van your in. Glad you finally got some good waves, a new board, and will soon have a bed to sleep in. Enjoy the rest of your trip!

    julie

  11. Scott hopkin says:

    Happy b’day drew glad to see you got to surf!!!
    We…justin….can’t wait to see Dylan.
    Happy trails to you & the fam!
    Scott and sarah

  12. Hi, met you guys at the mount surfshop [guy in background 4th photo down with black hat behind drews head]
    Hay…. many of us are still very thankful for how you americans saved us during world war 2 .It enabled my generation to spend there lives in freedom and to surf in stead of having to learn japanise
    Thanks again for an interesting afternoon of art
    stay well, safe jouney