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Round 7 2018 Thundercat Nationals – Taranaki

Early March and the Thundercat circus was on the road again, this time to the Naki. More specifically Oakura.

With only four teams in attendance, the title already won and a long drive the meant for tight racing and a great crew of people. The video came out great and I feel is my best work yet, it’s now the second most viewed Thundercat video I’ve made! Check it

Pics please

Think Ladder finished the season third after a hard fought battle with Protech on the day

Second place for the Nationals and some clean racing all season. Protech!

Waikato flying as usual for the top spot in this years Nationals!

Mike & Mike from AMC were there and putting on a show as usual

A huge thanks to an awesome bunch of people!

That’s it for the all the Nationals coverage. The off season will be filled with lots of information sharing and working our way towards next year!

See you at the beach!

-Sam

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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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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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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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Surfing & Big Snapper – Alive in New Zealand – Ep 14

Producing a series about living is ironically hard to do when you’re so busy out and about living.

I remember Winter vividly as it feels about twenty minutes ago. It was fun, long and I chose to start the move into a van. In this episode there’s a couple of months crammed into one episodea s a lot of my time was ties up with a van build. Heeeeere you go

As for what’s coming well I can assure you the weather and action turned on from November which is where I’m up to.

See you at the beach!

-Sam

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2017 – The Best Year Yet!

To say I learnt a lot this year is an understatement. I don’t really believe in a 5 year plan because things change so much. I’m finishing up this year in a completely different position that I could’ve even imagined at the start of the year. Even 6 months ago taking a stab at where I would be at the end of the year I would’ve been dead wrong.

It’s been fun, it’s been challenging, I built a van to live in, met a lovely lady, swam with sharp teeth, ate a heck of a lot of fish and almost drowned about 400 times.

Last Sunday had a few of those sharp teeth I mentioned.

 As for 2018 I really have no idea what’s going to happen except for the fact that it’s going to be a heck of a lot of fun. I will also be trying to build a fun email list so if you want to sign up to it then go here.

Lastly, thank you to those I’e spent time with this year it’s rally been a blast. I hope you’ve learnt a few things like I have and want to grow on it all.

Have a great break and rip into 2018!

See you at the beach!

-Sam

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How To Launch & Land A Drone In a Boat By Yourself

Boat launching your drone can be a wonderful or horrifying experience depending on your results. Having had more than my fair share of launch and lands I thought it was time to put something together about how I do it, by myself.

 

Now obviously with someone helping this process is quite a bit more simple but all of the tips can be simplified if you have a “catcher”. The full video is here

Here’s my most important things to consider.

  1. Battery. Battery. Battery. Take your time and do your normal checks.
  2. Consider the compass if you have plenty of steel around.
  3. Work out which way you’re drifting.
  4. Give yourself time to launch and land.
  5. I prefer to drift into the drone on landing rather than steer the drone into the boat.

Would like to do a few more of these so will see how we go!

See you at the beach!

-Sam