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
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!
Ahh yes a new Long Haul! Would someone get lost? Would everyone have enough fuel? How many birds would get run over? This course had never been run before and with a creative approach to the coverage I feel we did the race justice! Find it all in the video below
How’s that weather though!
You all know where we’re going?
McReddy was strong
Just like round 5 I was stoked to have an event at home with perfect weather and smiles all round.
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
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!
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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
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.
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 🙂
Waikato Sandblasting winners on the day!
It was en epic day that will go down in our memories for some time!
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
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With round 1 & 2 now completed over the weekend at Tauranga and the editing well underway (I’m writing this for a bit of a break), I start to compare everything to last season.
2017 was the the first year of covering the Nationals and I didn’t know what to expect. Overall I was super stoked on the series and smashed plenty of buttons to keep the content flowing in a timely fashion. Are these clips the absolute best from the series? I’m not going to say yes but that are damn near good enough! Click the video below
Some photo highlights which you can dig through the full galleries on my Facebook page
The start of what may have been my favourite event of the series.
$5 Thundercat rides were meant to be taken easy. These two got to experience a flip and a free shirt for their troubles.
Preparation is key.
This crew is pretty important to the whole operation.
As for 2018 the first videos aren’t far away so stay tuned!