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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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Summer Heat – Alive in New Zealand – Ep 17

How do you fit spearfishing, Thundercats, surfing, skimboarding, van life adventures and a Great White shark into one video?

Firstly assign yourself to spending absolutely hours sitting in front of a computer. Once you’ve sorted that then get to work. Work I did and here is the result

I struggled a little bit with this episode as there was just so much content and I’m looking at a little change to the series too!

Stay tuned and I will see you at the beach!

-Sam

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Round 6 2018 Thundercat Nationals – Little Barrier

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!

Pics

You all know where we’re going?

Target

McReddy was strong

Just like round 5 I was stoked to have an event at home with perfect weather and smiles all round.

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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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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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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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

 

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Best Bits Thundercat Nationals 2017

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.

Winners

$5 Thundercat rides were meant to be taken easy. These two got to experience a flip and a free shirt for their troubles.

Sponsors.

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!

See you at the beach.

-Sam

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Spearfishing & Surfing – Alive In New Zealand – Ep 11

Would you be surprised if I said I spent a lot of time in the water in May?

Alive 11 blog

One of my favourite things about putting this series together is looking back and being like yeahhh oh man that was fun. May was fun and the episode from May can be found below!

Winter is now on it’s heels and I’m charging into Spring!

See you at the beach!

-Sam