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Coffee without sugar may be good for bodybuilding and surfing

March 17th, 2013

Since coffee contains caffeine, if you drink it without sugar it apparently results in fat being burnt in preference to muscle. Just don’t overdo it!

Surfing Equipment

May 28th, 2012

The surfboard is the primary piece of surfing equipment. Other important pieces are wetsuits, hoods and possibly boots for cold temperatures. Surfboard accessories such as the leash and wax are also necessary. There are a number of different surfboard designs with longboards being more suitable for beginners and shortboards for more experienced surfers and fish more intermediate level surfers. For big wave surfing, a jet ski and a flotation device are important items and an appropriate big wave board. Also your own car for getting to the beach with roof racks or other roof accessory for holding surfboards can come in handy.

What are the remaining NZ Public Holiday Dates for 2012?

May 3rd, 2012

If you work in New Zealand then it is worthwhile knowing when the public holidays are so that you can plan your surf trips. If you are a tourist then it is useful to know the dates as the traffic is usually heavier on those days. Here are the remaining dates for 2012:

Queen’s Birthday - Monday 4 June
Labour Day - Monday 22 October
Christmas Day - Tuesday 25 December
Boxing Day - Wednesday 26 December

Tsunami warning in Indonesia after magnitude 8.7 earthquake

April 11th, 2012

A magnitude 8.7 earthquake has resulted in Tsunami warnings in Indonesia and Malaysia. However the president of Indonesia states there is no Tsunami threat. The earthquake moved horizontally rather than vertically which means that a Tsunami is less likely. A 17 centimeter wave has been produced according to some reports.

Where is the best place to surf in New Zealand? Answer below:

April 9th, 2012

One common question is where is the best place to surf in New Zealand?  The answer is probably Raglan, which is special due to it’s unique point breaks and the angle of the swell combined with the prevailing wind direction relative to the beaches there.  Other areas to consider are Southland, where large Pacific Antartic swells result in big waves.  Other popular locations are Gisborne, Piha, Mount Maunganui, and Taranaki. Spot X perhaps?

Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach

April 9th, 2012

Congratulations to Mick Fanning and Sally Fitzgibbons on winning the respective men’s and women’s sections of the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach in Victoria, Austalia.  By all accounts the finals were both hotly contested with Mick Fanning beating Kelly Slater 18.80 to 18.07 and Sally Fitzgibbons defeating Stephanie Gilmoure.

Conditions were offshore and the home advantage may have helped the Australians to victory.  Kelly Slater and Stephanie Gilmoure each remain number one in the ASP rankings.

Site Updates

March 5th, 2012

A new page which provides a surf report for Mount Maungaui with the current weather conditions, a number of surf reports and wave size predictions , and user submitted reports.  I have also added a link to the book:  “The New Zealand Surfing Guide”, by Mike Bhana, which is available to purchase from Amazon.  It is an informative guide to New Zealand surf beaches.  Not specific to surfing, but a new SurfNZ Todolist section has been added, which lets you create a list of tasks, which can be accessed using your smartphone browser too (Facebook sign-in is also supported).

New Zealand TV Channels

May 7th, 2009
Channel Number Frequency (MHz) TV Channel Name
2 55.250 TV One
4 175.250 TV 2
7 196.250 TV 3
9 210.250 C4
43 647.250 Maori TV
57 679.250 Juice TV
59 775.250 Prime TV
Channel Number Frequency (MHz) TV Channel Name
1 45.250 TV One
3 62.250 TV 2
10 217.250 TV 3
7 175.250 C4
44 655.250 Maori TV
60 783.250 Prime TV

In Windows Media Centre Edition, these channels can be added under:
Settings -> Guide -> Add Missing Channels