Friday, December 25, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Last week we finally got the first taste of autumn when we got a nice (but not super big) surf..
It was solid enough and there were a few really long rides to be had..We checked out one spot first before deciding to hit another place and we were rewarded with solid lefts prealing off..nice..Kojak,me Heath and Woodsy made the journey and it was worth it..no pics cause it was pissing down rain but memories are good i guess..hope to get some pics up for you's soon..peace..DA RAT
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Finally it's starting again..sorry about the lack of posts this summer but the surf has been crap and I have been renovating at home..and since no-one else hardly ever writes anything on here it's been as dry as a desert for a while on the blog side!!
Luckily the surf has come alive again and we are lookin forward to a few nice ones...yes..norrland gets good and we hope we get some good stuff tomorrow..wish us luck and i'll try to get a few pics up after..peace and ...yaaaahhhhoooooooooooooo..(da rat)
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Ratty turns 48..the crew gets together, Snare-ole and the kapten turn up (all the way from oz) and we get into a few 'shutthafuckups'
Jay holding the evenings warning sign, warning for unstable adults at night on the street.
the boys cookin up a feast
gettin on it
i thought jay was han solo but after a few coldies he reveals his true identity as bobba fett!
Rat transforms a transformer as the kapten scrutinizes the action thru his superreflectospyglasses
2 of the younger generation of surfers hittin the nintendo pretty hard
(Johan) Aaaw man, we had a great time at Ratman´s house. Great food and great company is a kick-ass combination!
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Thursday was truly epic..it's hard to describe what it feels like to be paddling out in sweden watching 4ft perfect barrells steamrolling thru unridden..Frexi got there first again (of course) and scored it bigger than what we got but at one stage we were just 3 aussies sitting out the back watching waves break and shaking our heads in disbelief..it could have been anywhere really good in the world and here we were 3 aussies in the north of sweden getting filthy surf all alone..the crew was there as well, Johan and the others but unfortunately Jay couldn't make it.
I forgot my bloody camera and no-one else had one but i heard via the grapevine that someone caught a few waves on video so we'll see if we can dig it up,,,
On friday the swell went south..i was watching it on the net and saw it comin'..i couldn't go so i rang frexi to tell him to get there..he answers the phone and says he's standing in the carpark at the spot trying to drag his wetty on as fast as he could cause it was puuuuuumping..frexi said it was bigger and even better than the day before at the other spot on a north swell..lucky him..he says he got a few shots when he got out at 11pm after surfing for 4 hrs..he said it had backed off a bit but was still pumping so i hope to get a few pics up from yesterday..
Isn't it horrible when you know the surfs pumping and you just cant' get there..it worse than turning up and finding it flat, at least you tried....pray for a few more summer midnight sessions before the light fades and the temps drop again lads..peace from DA RAT
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
(Johan) So far, both the surf and the sun has been completely absent this summer. Until a couple of days ago, when the weather switched, so we got the next best thing to waves, SUN!
Jay is off on the west coast, enjoying the real salty ocean, having a great time.
I thought I´d post some random pics just for the hell of it.
Ratman posing after surf in his school tie, draped in the Aussie flag. (He does this after every surf...)
This is the kind of poo(l)s we market in Sweden.
My son Jacob (5 yrs old) is a kick-ass skateboarder
I really hope we get some waves soon, then the summer`d be pretty damn perfect. Peace
Friday, June 5, 2009
7.5 degs in the water, i guess about 10 degs out and nooooooo wind..the swell rolles in..and...
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Saturday, May 30, 2009
surf...no surf...no surf...no surf...no surf...no surf...no surf...no surf...no surf...no surf...no surf......................................................................none
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
(RAT) Hello fellow bloggers!
Here we are back in Östersund after a week in the cold waters of Norway during winter (but warmer waters than in Sweden!!!)
We don't normally book in our surf missions (we just hit it when the prognosis is 'on') but this year was different because our fellow 'midnight runners' member Jay and his wife are expecting bub number 2 and she was due to arrive 4 weeks after our return. So we earmarked a week and hoped she didn't pop one out before or during our mission..We were lucky and all was well and we made it home without Jay having been an 'absent' father..
We lost our faithfull 'runners' member Andrew (from California who had lost his job here and had to go back to the states) just before we were due to go which was a big shame. Woodsy, the other ozzie, is in Oz at the moment on hols..We were down to 3 members in Östersund: Johan, myself and Jay.
2 weeks before we were due to leave, Johan rings me up and hands over his mobile to a guy from Adelaide, in Oz, named Heath that Johan had met at the language school that day! (the same day that Andrew left for the U.S.!!!) Turns out that Heath is a really keen surfer as well and was the Billabong rep in Adelaide before sacrificing it all to come to Sweden with his girl.. another victim, hahaha--but thank God for that because all of a sudden we were 5 again (counting Woodsy). Heath was naturally flipping out when he heard that we were going to Norway and we wanted him to come along...He was stoked to think that he was gunna get wet again..
We took off for the west coast of Norway at 6am on Monday, March 9th (as soon as Jay finished his night shift) with an 11hr drive ahead of us. Because of the horrendous night-time experience we had last february, we decided to be the 'Daylight Runners' this year for fear of dying before we got there!
Apart from one part (when we had to drive over sheet ice for 30kms with a HOWLING 'hurricane like' side-wind that all but blew the queue of cars doing 4okms/hr OFF the road, including us) .....
Peace and love from Jay, Heath and Ratman...
After a quick bite to eat the boys construct a game plan
Jarrand goin for it,he didn't make it but it's a really nice photo! Jarrand with a nice backside barrel Ratman Ratman with the cool bottom turn Olav taking a rest after a long day of surfing Ratman at the guillotine Ratman slotted Still slotted Jarrand goin for it does he make it?? Nope. but nice try
Rat on a sweet left Rat showin the lip who's boss. Floater Ratman setting up
to indie grab,