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Oh July

It’s now August! This means that we’re in the last technical month of winter, which means we’re edging closer to summer.

This is great for some things, bad for others. July was super fun even though it was spent dodging storms and tackling the cold water head on. Here is the month in review

Vlog of the month was this walk to a new and absolutely beautiful spot

Picture of the month which couldn’t sum it up any better


August is already off to a ripper!

See you at the beach.



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What Do You Do?

Is this the most commonly asked question when meeting someone new? I think it probably is, well besides asking someones name.

I’ve been thinking about this plain little question a bit and I will quote my friend Jimi Hunt from Live More Awesome here “I think it’s a lazy question. Most people don’t actually like what they do a hell of a lot so why make them talk about it?”

I eat, sleep, shit like everyone else. I work, which I feel that’s what you were asking?

It seems what we do for work is the most interesting thing for people, which isn’t interesting. It’s boring. Is your work boring? Mine is, it just has a greater highlight reel than most.

Creating a business and brand around the idea of doing whatever I want is a lot harder than you’d think. You probably think it’s hard and like I said, it’s harder than that. I have bills to pay and a mouth to feed so I need to make a certain number of change each week just to survive. Lucky for me I’m not too lazy to make my lunch, I don’t have a drug or alcohol addiction and overall know how to live fairly cheaply.

This week has been spent in front of the computer, writing and editing from the last little trip away amongst other things. I went away again for work, or should I say “work”. The beauty of this creative business is that I can go away and enjoy myself for work. Consider it branding and advertising as I don’t make substantial money off doing it but it really adds to what I do! So here it is below, a little bit about what I did last week.

Thursday myself and good friend Mike took off to the Far North swell chasing. We woke early Friday and hit the beach for a day of smiles

With an easing swell and fine weather we were up early Saturday, beach bound. This place we skimmed in the arvo is actually scene to our best couple of skims ever, sadly it isn’t in form currently

And they don’t call it Sunday Funday for nothing do they? Why not walk for fricken miles in bare feet? I don’t regret it but I will wear shoes next time

So there it is, a little slice of what I do. Stay tuned for more highlight reels.

Maria Mike blog

See you at the beach!


PS What do you do?

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Mid-Winter Blues

We’ve had some rain this year and by saying “some rain” I mean all the rain. It just hasn’t stopped.

We strolled into Summer in a dry spell then wham! Christmas eve and it’s Omaha only flash flood. It seems to have been really nice or really bad since Christmas courtesy of the El Nino weather patterns.

Blues blog

Last Thursday rolled around and it was the same old thing with rain. Then at 12:45am Friday morning I awoke to flashes of lightning and what can only be described as the heaviest rain we’ve had here. I peered into the garage to see the ground was wet. Perfect, time to get to work. A little bit (a lot) of scrambling and a few hours and failed photo attempts later I was back in bed.

Friday Omaha was smashed. Flooded houses and properties. Check out Saturdays vlog where I document some of it including the flooded Golf Course on Friday morning

Sunday I truly didn’t know what to do. Bad weather, surf and a place to clean. Still managed to scratch around

It’s been that shocking that I’ve decided to go to the Far North again as of Thursday evening, the waves are calling.

Marias blog

On a side note stay tuned to my main YouTube channel, I have some fun stuff dropping over the next week!

See you at the beach.


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June You Sexy Thing!

Last Winter was a real buzz. I’m not quite sure why but maybe it’s the cold water and the lack of people out there enjoying it.

The month of June has just passed and it was right up there in terms of enjoyment, I’m talking wayyy up there! Find out what went down below

Vlog of the month

Pic of the month

Blue Cape blog

July is already off to a ripper of a start. Picture Southern Right Whales 😉

See you at the beach!


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Adventure NZ Podcast #1 Adventureman Dan

The topics of podcasts has been something I’ve taken particular interest in for a few years now. To be perfectly honest I don’t watch (if we’re talking video) or listen to too many but I get quite into the ones I do.

I’ve wanted to do one for a couple of years, every so often I’d think about. More recently I’ve thought about it a lot more and realised it was time to pull the trigger.

Seek blog

First up we have a friend of mine I finally managed to catch up with after a few months of contact. I would love to fill you in with words but that would defeat the purpose of the podcast wouldn’t it. Dan is from America and is somewhat of a skilled and very enthusiastic spearfisherman with plenty of great things to say about New Zealand.

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Find the video podcast below

And even a downloadable (I think) Soundcloud link

We spent a few days tripping about in the far north, you can find the adventure on OXS TV here or on the blog post from the trip.

On a serious note I have penciled this podcast in for a once a month type thing which I feel is achievable. I would love to feature people with opinions, interests and skills that suit the Adventure NZ tag so feel free to nominate someone! I already have a few people lined up. I’ve figured it’ll take a while to find my feet with this but it’s going to be a blast!

See you at the beach.


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The Mice Played

Mid week last week rolled around and it was time to hit the road again. The team of Mice, consisting of my Dad, Uncle, a friend from America and myself were heading north for a few days of fun, in and on the water. The cat (my Mum) was heading south for a weekend doing whatever cats do.

Dan dunes blog

A long drive on Thursday night brought me to Houhora in good spirits and good weather.

Friday morning we got out on the water for a very green and quiet spear. The afternoon could be the most scenic and enjoyable few hours I’ve had lately. Check it

North Cape was Saturdays destination. North Cape is more north than Cape Reinga in case you didn’t know. We dove there at New Years with some bronzies. We ate shark on Saturday. Find it here

Sunday was moving day and a rather spontaneous filming of my first video podcast which I believe will be live this Sunday

I’ve shot a heeeeap of images up north in the last couple of weeks so I will think I will throw together a separate blog post featuring them as well as a couple of videos.

Cape blue blog

Stay tuned for the podcast. I will see you at the beach!


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Making A Long Weekend Even Longer

Who gets a long weekend for their birthday? The Queen that’s who. Keeping in mind, this long weekend isn’t actually her birth date (April 21st which also clashes with mine) which is kind of strange.

I was eyeing up this three day celebration for some time. An invite to a 30th birthday celebration at Matauri Bay and a passable weather forecast had my name stamped on it. Friday morning saw our first frost of the Winter. I took special note of this as I threw my tent into my ute.

Matauri Sunset blog

Arriving at Matuari Bay a shade after 4pm I got settled in and helped set up camp. Gladly there was room inside and even a heater for the night!

One thing to note at Maturi Bay is all the petty theft. Ongoing reports at the campground mean put your stuff away and lock your vehicles. It’s a sad but harsh truth of the place. I recall going there several years ago, parking up at the beach and walking south. According to the man who come spoke to us that we were on the wrong end of the beach and had to go the other way.

Early start on Saturday for sunrise and a dive. The first weekend vlog is action from Saturday and Sunday. I’m holding some footage of the wild horse for another edit

Monday the forecasted weather hit for the little trip to the Cape and a dive at Spirits Bay

After all my trips to the Cape I can’t believe I never walked down that track!

Tuesday was the trek home in very average weather and surf checks

This week was also the week I gave away the canvas pano of Omaha. Congrats again to Debbie Crane!

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That’s it for this week, back in the groove and working on a lot of content. A LOT!

See you at the beach!