Wednesday, September 10, 2008

west coast mission

On rare occasions, being a student has its advantages. Sure sitting in the lounge breathing steam, (because heating costs money) and having to check your account just to get a coffee are not massively inspiring. However, on the upside for us as Rec students is the fact that here at CPIT there is a little known fund, to which every student at the polytech contributes. This fund exists solely to give money to students for extra currcular activities. Consequently, to access this fund all one has to do is apply to the friendly people at CPSA and providing they approve... has everyone figured out where this rambling explanation is going yet? Thats right. West coast on!!!We started off with some bad news, one car had issues with the brakes, and in our car Jamie found a big split in his boat. But we didn't let this stop us at all, Gus traded cars with Soph and Jamie had an attempt at fixing his boat at the trusty dairy factory in Hokitika.Once our problems were sorted we hiked into the Styx for a quicky at low water.This was the first trip down the Styx of many for Sanga as he discovered the joy of more rocks then water and sphincter tightening lines!On Sunday we gave Dando a call and flew into the Arahura for once again low water, this offered less push but tighter lines for the day. But with calm but overcast weather, we were in for a primo day.

Jared being Jared

Curtain call minus the curtain

Jordy doing his best on a very low Dent falls

not so good

Jordy hitting center on billiards

Jamie finishing off what he started-BilliardsThis next sequence is a beaut of Jared styling Billiards


Jordy entering the pit of cess
Jordy on landing

Jordy riding away cleanAnd this was the option for the rest of us who were either too tired or just not up for running the drop

Gus on the seal launch

All in all it was a mean weekend with heaps of sweet lines and only a couple of minor mishaps. Thanks to the CPSA for hooking us up with some funding and Soph for lending the sentrizz for another choice coast trip!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Rangitata gorge

After the holidays me and Sam decided that we were getting withdrawls again from paddling, the call was made and with a bit of txting on my part (never again) we managed to conger up a team.

We had Sam, Jared, Ash, Chris, josh and myself.

We arrived at the get out and explained to the crew the plan, loaded up the wizard six up and headed to the get in.

Here are some picts of the day...... and well done josh for stepping up and styling the pinch. (chur)

Getting on the water

Josh running No.1 rapid

Running 'Roosters Tail & Pigs Troff'

Jared Running 'Roosters Tail & Pigs Troff'

Ash running the 'Buffer'

Cheers to every one for a mint day on the water.

Monday, July 14, 2008

The walk

This wee mission involved a hole lot of walking and not alot of paddling, all i can say is thank god it wasnt my idea as i would be a little bit gutted.

This trip (tramp) was lead by sanga, and thank god will never be repeated again.

Here are some picts....the sweet tells the story.

The start to the journey will full of enthuasim.....short lived (the crew gearing up)

At the top of the first hill, oh yes there were more than one. (the boys looking very tired)

Me (butterz) trying to manuver the kayak down the river, dam site better than walking.

Resting over the fire sharing storyies of how much the day had used our bodies.

Butters hitting up a drop on the lower lower section of the Ngaruroro river....this wasnt even on the trip...thats how average the paddling was...i had to steel a shot from another day on the river....but all in alll ther was good personal growth... and all that stufff.(but no paddling)

Buller fest and muria falls

Here are some delayed picts of bullerfest and a cheeky huck of muria on the way home, it was an awsome weekend and we can only look foward to being there next year.....

Chee droping it like its hot

Butters doing the same

Soph hitiing it up (This is a week earlier i might add, sticking it to the boys)

Sange leading the pack in the extreme race

Thursday, June 19, 2008


The usual crew and a couple of the dippys thought i would be a gud idea to hit up the tada. It was flowing at an awsome 70cumics so we decided it was the go. Her are some picts of jamie and my self running rooster tail and pigs troff... jamie styled it... i on the other hand had an issue with no paddle. It was an awsome day with everyone stepping up to the challenge.


' Roster Tail & Pigs Troff'

Jamie styling 'Roosters tail '
Me, running 'Roosters Tail'

Coast:styx The Queens 'B' day weekend.

Me and Jarad couldnt think of a better way to spend the Queens 'b' day weekend, than boating. We headed over to the coast with plans to do a walk in on the sunday and a fly in on the monday. In true coast fassion conditions dot not allow us to fly, so we walked anyway.

Her are some picts.....

Me, running the three tear
Jared , running the three tear

Jared making the slide
Me, entering the slide
me, running the double drop

All n' all it was an awsome two days on the upper styx.