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Round 5 2018 Thundercat Nationals – Omaha Beach

When it comes to event and team bias, this was my event. Having spent almost my entire life living at Omaha, I was stoked to have a couple of events here. Think Ladder, the hometown team and second place sitters, were looking strong too.

The sun was out, it was hot, the water clear but the tiny swell meant to close racing. Check all the action in the video below

As always, here the event in pictures

Go time!

How’s the weather?

Close fast racing was the order of the day

It was flat but it was fast!

Thanks to the local crowd, you were brilliant!

Although it’s looking like we won’t be making a return to Omaha for next years Nationals, I’m hoping for a club event!

As a huge content creator with some incredible growth at the moment I’m making a big push towards 1000 subscribers so if you haven’t already then click here for the info.

See you at the beach!

-Sam

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1000 YouTube Subscribers and why it’s important!

I’ve never really been much of a numbers man. When it comes to social media, I can’t be bothered playing the game. It’s just not me.

What I do focus on is being consistent and producing solid content, which I feel I do.

Here’s some stats! At the time of writing I have 771 subscribers on my main channel and 696 on my second channel. Engagement is much higher on my vlog channel but views (thanks to a few videos kicking along) are much higher on the main. Currently I’m doing about 24000 views a month which is nice. A long way from making big dollars off ads but it’s a start.

What the hell does this all mean? It means with recent changes to YouTube monetisation has been removed from the smaller channels. You now have to have 1000 subscribers and over 4000 watched hours in the last year. This is the new goal. I don’t usually press people to subscribe as it all happens organically but right now I am advertising this point as well as bribing you to do so. Find out below

So there it is. A goal of mine that I would love your help achieving. Also watch some of the videos, I upload often and I think you’ll like them.

Thank you for your support and I hope you win some stuff 😉

See you at the beach!

-Sam

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What’s Been Happening?

Whenever I ask this question it usually gets one of two responses. The first and by far the most common, painfully boring, mundane and uninspiring is “not much, just work”, or very similar. Then add how busy you are. Choice bro.

The less common and considerably more interesting goes more like this. So much man, been shooting Thundercats, diving (been getting some good fish too), skimming, the boat’s running again, clocked up a fair few km’s in the van, Been up north a few times, had an epic dive out West, swam with a Great White, ticked over two years without an alcoholic drink, ate some fantastic food (incl a BBQ on 90 mile), there’s been waves and I’m off down White Island again this weekend.

Here in New Zealand we don’t like that sort of response. We don’t like people who talk about themselves.  Sorry but it’s been bloody hectic to be honest. There’s a Winter chill in the air so we have to cram as much into the next wee while before it gets cold. Then the same thing happens, it’s just colder ha.

Seeing I haven’t done an update blog post in a little while, here’s a clip from last week that you will enjoy if you’re into free range food

I will touch on the weather now. Shit it’s been difficult to get. Seems to be really nice… Or really not nice. Saturday was more of the latter but we were out there

On another note I’ve been trying to sell some of my merch. Not only do I want to sell it, I want to expand the product line and get really stuck in so if you’re on the hunt to rock some branded goodies then get to my online shop!

Lastly all the things I mentioned up top have happened lately incl the Great White part so if you need to catch up then get along to my main YouTube channel as well and my vlog channel!

As always, I will see you at the beach!

-Sam

 

 

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Round 4 2018 Thudercat Nationals 2018 – Matarangi

When Round 4 of this years Nationals came around everyone was still in a little bit of shock from the day before. We were greeted with windy and much flatter conditions than the previous day at Whangamata.

What would happen to the points table in this round? Would someone get run over and pop their boat? Watch the video to find out!

And some pictures for your viewing pleasure

Party time

Think Ladder 3rd on the day and adding to their Bronze medal collection

Waikato Sandblasting took out second place.

And Protech Design for the Round 4 win!

What a round it as with some casualties making for a tight points table.

See you at the beach!

-Sam

 

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Summer Marine Life – Alive in New Zealand – Ep 16

16 episodes down of my favourite series and only slightly behind schedule… I’ll take it. We kicked off the Summer season in what only can be described as a stellar weather pattern. There’s even some unseen Orca footage in there. Enjoy!

With Summer now at a close, the next while looks bloody exciting! I can’t wait to show it to you.

See you at the beach!

-Sam

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Round 3 2018 Thundercat Nationals – Whangamata

Round 3 of this years Nationals proved popular with racers and spectators alike. With big surf and a blazing sun the boats took to the water to see who would be the quickest on the day. The racing was tight and scrappy, just the way we like it. Check the video below

This video seems to be gaining traction online with quite a few views but we can’t forget the pictures

Sending it. All the boats were on the day!

Cool, calm and out in front.

The stresses of racing!

My logo 🙂

Lads

Waikato Sandblasting winners on the day!

It was en epic day that will go down in our memories for some time!

See you at the beach!

-Sam

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Round 2 2018 Thundercat Nationals – Matakana Island

Thundercat Long Hauls are a different beast to Surf Cross events. They are long (duh) and they are fast (yeahh).

They are also quite hard to film due to the speed and the distance they cover. This year at Matakana Island the weather behaved and the race was quick. It was also what I feel the best coverage of a Long Haul. Check out the video below

I am a little behind with the blog posts so if you want to jump ahead and be current then check the videos on my YouTube channel.

See you at the beach!

-Sam

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Assembling A Team Of Rad People

My little business/brand/company turns 10 very shortly! There’s been several “revisions” of what that consists of during this time but one thing that has stayed true and that is that it has always been fairly visual.

2018 is the year I work out exactly what this brand means and give it some real direction and purpose. This means a team. A team of cool people doing epic things! Sounds achievable, watch the video below for the general idea

So what does a team mean exactly for a brand? Well it should work both ways so I’m going to keep this as simple as possible.

For the brand it means increased exposure in the chosen areas in which it has chosen to promote itself. Pretty simple.

For the sponsored person or people it means help with their chosen sport (or whatever), increased exposure and of course…. Free stuff!

As I push a lot more brand focus this year with a small team of guys (which i will detail more shortly) I of course want to expand this so if you feel you have something to offer then get in touch. I’m sure you can work out how!

See you at the beach!

-Sam

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How Good is NZ – Alive in New Zealand – Ep 15

Run the poo over. Quote of November and included in the video, as it should.

The “little hole in the boat” quote is also worth noting. The food runs and some of the weather in November was bloody epic!

As for what’s coming up, if you’re subscribed to OXS TV you probably already know!

See you at the beach.

-Sam

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Round 1 2018 Thundercat Nationals

2018 is here and so is the Thundercat Nationals. With a perfectly times storm passing through New Zealand the scene was set for a fast day with good waves.

Who was the favourite? Who had their boat dialed? Who was going to flip? As much as I would love to tell you, there’s a video below with all in the info you need.

Briefing

Go time

The set up

Winners on the day, Waikato Sandblasting raced hard all day!

If you wish to see more photos get along to my Facebook page for the full gallery.

The Coromandel rounds are this weekend so I’ll hopefully see a few of you there.

-Sam