Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Well i just got back from a fun trip to the state's which saw me go to the Maverick's Opening Ceremony in Northern California which is now the Jay Moriarity Event and then straight to Hawaii for the Eddie Opening Ceremony. Both Ceremony's were awesome and a honor to be involved with. After the Eddie i had about 7 days to hang out and do whatever i please. The Triple Crown was on and the whole surf circus in on the Nth Shore so i called my mate Davo on Maui and said hey I'm on my way.
I love Maui and hanging with Dave and his Family.. They have a beautiful place up on one of the Mountain's there and its so refreshing to be able to go back after a day on the ocean and Unwind. Every time we get together we always find stuff to do whether its ocean based or land based. It's funny cause we have this relationship that's pretty cool that we can talk about anything to do with Paddling,SUP Surfing,Technique, how we are training and what we are doing to improve, nutrition and how we can help each other out to get better and saving the world etc haha.. But we want to kick each other's ass at everything as well.. We are how shall i say COMPETITIVE with each other. Its a good thing but. I think we thrive on it. Dave won Molokai this year on the SUP and after the previous year and his troubles in the race i think i was more stoked than him. I saw the effort he put in this year and the pain from the year before. But what i do know is that he wasn't completely satisfied! Why? Because he doesn't have the fastest time across the channel on a Paddleboard. Yes he does on the SUP but i have a faster time on the paddleboard.. He wants that record. And he told me so. I guess what I'm trying to say is that it is really special to have a bond like that which is open and honest and where we are willing to try to help each other to beat each other? Funny hey..
My time this trip on Maui was no different to most. I call it Kamp Kalama. From beach workouts to 1 man Maliko runs to my 1st Mountain Bike trail run we did alot. Then add our HORSE competitions on the Basketball Court(yes Dave is a Fanatic Lakers Fan) and our famous 7 hr Cornhole contest with about 25 Coors Light's to boot and u have a action filled week. Oh yeah i forgot to mention we taught 3 Tour de France riders from Team Garmin how to SUP and got them out on Dave's 4 man.
But i must say the most defining experience of my trip was a pretty funny moment i had while i was babysitting Dave's son Cash. He was asleep upstairs and i thought how easy is this till i hear Dadda Dadda.. So i raced upstairs to Cash saying Poop Poop and pointing to his Diaper. So hear i am trying to work out what to do next while the whole time Cash is telling me how to change his Diaper.It was too funny. I pulled it off but. I was pretty Proud. haha.
So in finishing if anyone is thinking of going to Maui and needs that extra help with there stroke or some coaching then Dave is your man. Check out his blog www.davidkalama.com and you will see what i mean. He has a wealth of Knowledge that goes far beyond Paddling. You will come out a better person as well... Or check out his Kamp Kalama Camps he does.
Thanks for another great trip mate and watch out I'm practising my Jump shot's haha.
Im going to attach a video of Dave predicting my next year of racing. Don't miss it it's quite funny.
Monday, November 15, 2010
Hey guys i done a 1 man changes race on the weekend and took my HD Go Pro along and we got some footage.. It wasnt epic conditions by any means with super light winds but we still had fun.I cut together a little video and here it is... Thanks to Woogie for organizing the Hiko Canoe and everything and Billy for driving the ski and escorting us.. Cheers JM
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Well its a funny question isn't it.Not one we probably ask ourselves everyday but something that keeps us alive and ticking each and single day.. I had a think about it and i asked myself what do i drink day in day out to keep myself hydrated and quench my thirst. And too be honest I'm quite boring. I really only drink water. And lots of it.. I LOVE IT.. I don't drink any sort of Sports Drinks and never ever any of those Energy Drinks.They just don't do it for me. But give me a 600ml water when I'm thirsty and boom its gone. It just feels like its meant to be in your body and system.
So when i was lucky enough to be able to have a meeting with a Company from Byron Bay who take there water Quality seriously and then take it to another level with Alkaline levels well i was very interested to see what was going on. I'm not going to go into details about how this does that and so on but what i did learn was enough for me to take a trial with the system and see how it make me feel.. As a athlete i can usually tell pretty well if something is helping me or not. I wont say yeah it works when it doesn't just to make a quick buck or endorse something i don't believe in but after a few weeks I'm let's say pleasantly surprised. And if u are spending money on all these fancy supplements well it may be just as easy as pure H20 to give you that extra edge. It makes me cringe when i see TV reports about whats in our water or how the so called Purified water we buy in the Bottles are just as bad as tap water in some places. The way i see it is when u add up all the money we spend on Bottled water (e.g say you buy one 1.5 litre bottle a day 5 days a week and each bottle costs u say $4.00(yes $4.00 in Australia) that's $20 a week and over a year well u do the maths its over $1000 a year. When you look at it that way it makes spending a little bit of money on something that's so good for your well being a no brainer. For me anyway! Well if you want to check out in more detail about Alkaline water and how it works check out there website www.alkaway.com.au Cheers JM
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
A few weeks ago i had a call from a mate of mine Woogie who lives up in Noosa. He asked if i wanted to paddle in a team with him in a race that was going to happen in a few weeks time. To be honest I'm sort of over paddling right now and just want to surf so i had to think about it but because its on a 1 man Canoe and i don't really have much experience on them i thought why not.Should be fun(if there's wind). Like anything there are lots of little tricks and techniques with paddling a 1 man that i don't know about so i asked if he could get me a canoe to use for a few sessions before the race.. Lucky Woogie has hooked up with his good mate Maui Kjeldsen who has designed a new canoe called the WAINUI and is selling the canoe in Australia and was able to get one for me.. Thanks mate. So this arvo we had a little pulse in the swell here on the Gold Coast and the wind backed off and i thought there's no better time to go test it out so i called me mate Sean and we went out to Currumbin Alley and got some fun waves till dark. I took my Go Pro and tried to get some footage while we were mucking around and here is a little clip.. Its not much but we had fun... And don't worry Woogie its in 1 piece.HAHA
Friday, October 15, 2010
Well what a way to finish off the end of the paddling season. Its definitely time to hang up my paddle and shoulders for some R&R. If you haven't been to a Battle of the Paddle yet do yourself a favor and make it to one.. What a EPIC event.. If your a paddler this really is a Paddlers weekend.. From Elite Race carnage to Team Relay Spirit and anything and everything u need to SUP is right there you just have to look. If your not careful you will find yourself getting lost and spending hrs just looking around at all the exhibitors tents in the whole scene that is going on.But what a great thing we have going on right?? What other sport can u think of where any Tom,Dick or Harry can just show up pay $200 and be on the start line next to a Danny Ching,Chuck Patterson,Gerry Lopez etc in what is one of our sports most important and elite race?? Sort of crazy hey. Its like jumping on the court with Kobe and shooting hoops in the Finals or walking around 18 holes with Tiger at Augusta? But u know that would never happen in a million years. So lets enjoy what we have going for the moment cause i can sense things will change in the Future. But its cool that you can be side by side with your Idols or heroes and they are most likely to say what's up and shake your hand.
As for the my weekend at the Battle i was very happy with how it went down. Of course i would have loved to defend my title at Doheny but it wasn't to be this year.. Danny was solid as usual and deserves everything he achieved this year.. Congrats mate . I made one crucial mistake which hurt me really bad in the race. Going out in the 2nd lap me and Danny were pretty neck and neck and i had the inside run to the turn buoy but i missed a stroke which put me a half a board length back and Danny took full advantage and i was blocked getting around the buoy and Danny got the wave i missed it and all of a sudden a gap of 200 yards was opened up. So when i look back that was what really hurt my chances of going toe to toe with Danny. I had to hammer to try and catch back up which i made some ground up coming into the changeover into the 3 rd lap and ran as fast as i could and got back onto Danny's tail but i had used everything i had and he realized and put the gas on and dropped me like a bad habit. Good racing by him. By that stage i was trying to recover and flush all the lactic acid out of my body the rest of the lap and that's where the final margin was made and stayed till the end of the race. Funny how when you break it down it came down to one lazy stroke that hurt me.. But as long as you can learn from your mistakes and take something away from it you are always evolving. So all in all it was another exciting year at Dana Pt. We had waves again great weather and exciting tight racing. 3rd, 4th and 5th was a sprint up the beach with Slater ,Travis and Andrew and that's exciting for the crowd(which i must say was awesome). Its nice to hear the cheers to keep u pumped while your racing.
Then you had the Age group race which was like looking out at 500 people walking on water. It was crazy. The Distance Race on Sunday morning which is a flat out slugfest in flat water and topping it off is the Relay Race which personally for me is the funnest race of the weekend. Everyone having a great time but also a little bit of Bragging rights to the team who comes away with the win.. This year was a epic Relay. I was lucky to be in Team SUP CO/LA HUI KAI with Brandi,Kelly and Slater and we were stoked to get the win. What a way to finish off a great weekend for everyone. I want to thank Sparky,Gerry, Barrett and all of the helpers and behind the scene volunteers that make this race happen. I'm stoked to be a part of it. This year it was also great to see so many Aussie's over here. Many who were from The Gold Coast where i live. Mick,Kelly,Travis,Jacko,Angie,Peasey to name a few.. Well done guys on some awesome results.The future looks bright for us Aussie's.. Also a HUGE thanks to my Sponsors for all the help and Support while we are in California. Quiksilver, Kaenon Polarized, SUP CO, Surftech, La Hui Kai, Futures Fins, Waterman's Applied Science,Quickblade. You guys are all legend's and im stoked to represent you guys.
Below is a video of this years race that Joss took and have a look and check it out... Take care everyone and make sure to get some rest and don't burn yourselves out..JM
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Well i just landed back in god's country today.. After about 40 hrs of travelling i am exhausted but excited to be back in Currumbin. Its been a busy last few weeks with the Hennessey's,Battle of Paddle and a trip with Quiksilver to Puerto Rico and The British Virgin Islands all in the last 3 weeks. Joss done some filming for the Battle of the Paddle that hasn't been edited yet but i did make a quick video of my time in the Caribbean. So check it out. There is a cool section of Mark Healey free diving down to a plane wreck..He has gills that man i swear..
Friday, October 8, 2010
Hey guys here is a clip from the Hennessey's International Race which was held in San Diego a few weeks ago.. Lots has been happening the last few weeks so i need to get busy but i am in Puerto Rico at the moment and will get some more stuff up on the blog about this trip and also the Battle of the Paddle which was last weekend.. Hope all is good..Take care JM
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
How has it been everyone?? Been a while since i have updated so sorry about that. It has been a crazy 2 months.. Where do i start. I was lucky enough to spend 3 weeks in Hawaii in July for a few paddleboard races culminating in the Molokai to Oahu Race. It's always a great time with my Fiance, Family, and friends hanging out and enjoying the warm weather. After the Molokai me and Joss spent a week in Waikiki cruising and doing nothing..It was great. Nice to have no plans for at least a week. haha.
Once our week was up she had to come back to Australia while i headed to California. I arrived and my great friend Giles picked me up and we headed straight to a really great function called Pipeline to a Cure which was a fundraiser for Kids with Cystic Fibrosis. It was a great night and they raised a ton of money. After a late night i had to be up and packed as i was on a flight to Utah for the Outdoor Retailer Show which i was meeting the Surtech crew to help promote Stand Up Paddling. Was crazy to see how many people are doing it and were stoked on it. The 1st day there was a on the water demo day and the next 2 days were indoors in a trade show.. It was the 1st time i had been to a trade show and it was huge.
Once Utah was done and dusted i was back in California for a few days then i was off to New York for the SEA Paddle. It was a 28 mile charity paddle around New York city for kids with Autism.. It was my 1st time in New York and a great way to see the City. After a few days in New York i was meant to head to Montauk and then to Santa Cruz and finally finish off the trip in Lake Tahoe. But something came up at home i had to get back for so i left New York 1st thing and made the 30 hr trip home to the Gold Coast.
So i have been home and its been really nice to relax and catch up with everyone and not have much to do. But i have just started to get back into a little training for the Upcoming Battle of the Paddle race in California so a few more weeks till we leave for that and then once the Battle is over it is SURF time. Hopefully time to find some waves and get plenty of water time. Well that's the scoop. Hope everyone is doing well and having fun wherever you are in the world. Here is a few photos of my travels...Take Care. JM
Monday, August 9, 2010
Here it is guys and gals.. It's a pretty long Video but Joss tried to capture the whole process of leaving Oahu for Molokai and the stuff that goes on in between and of course the race.. Hope you enjoy it .... Cheers JM
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Well the big one is done and dusted ..... What a great year. A huge amount of Aussie's invaded the Hawaiian Island Chain this year to take on the Channel. I think we were represented by Queensland , N.S.W and West OZ. Great job everyone.. As they all found out the Channel isn't a perfect downwind run.. It never has been and never will be. Thats why it is the challenge that it is and why you feel such satisfaction coming across that line.
I was lucky enough to have my Fiance Joss do some filming of the process of doing the channel. She has done a great job and here is a little teaser of what is to come. The full version will be available in the next week.. Well i hope everyone has had a little break and is recovered.. I am on the road at the moment and have just been to Utah and am on my way to New York in a few days then off to Lake Tahoe. A busy few weeks and i'm really looking forward to being back home on the Gold Coast. Thanks for all the support of my Fiance,Family and Friends. Couldnt do it without you guys. Take care JM
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Well here we are again.. The week leading into the big one... Its all winding down now.. Less paddling more rest and trying to stay out of the sun. The Aussie contingent that are here were all on Maui last weekend for the Naish Paddleboard Race which is run on the famous Maliko course. We had pretty nice downwind conditions and everyone had a blast.. A great warmup for this weekends 32 Miles. Without putting the Jinx on this weekend the forecast looks quite good at the moment with steady trades right through the weekend and a rising tide. So hopefully it stay's true to the forecast and we can surf across the channel.
We had a little training run yesterday from Turtle Bay to Kei Iki where we are staying and the wind was blowing about 15 to 20 and had some fun bumps... We were lucky to have Steve and Reidy follow us on a Ski with Reidy filming and Steve the Captain. And Reidy has cut together this little clip for everyone... Enjoy and take care JM
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Hey guys here is a little clip of the Paddleboard Race that was on the weekend in Hawaii. There was a Long Course 17 miles or a Short Course 9 miles. The 17 miler was a tough race with lots of action in the ocean. Enjoy.. Thanks Joss for filming. Take care JM
Saturday, July 3, 2010
Some footage i took from the G-land trip i did a few weeks back.. Quiksilver booked out the whole camp and well it was awesome.. Cant show too much as ill leave that to the professionals.. JM
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Well where has the last few months gone hey?.. I'm not sure about you guys but this year has gone by way to fast for my liking. It may have to do with all the travelling i have been doing but gee it just seemed like Christmas was yesterday. So just to get back to what has been happening lately i was luck enough to do a trip to Indonesia a few weeks back. Quiksilver booked out the whole G-Land Camp for 10 days for a bunch of its team riders,staff, and photographers and videographers. It was awesome to be on the list and get to hang out and surf with all the guys and get some epic sessions in.. I surfed my SUP alot and got plenty of poundings. It is not a very forgiving wave on a SUP. The guys from Brain Farm who made Travis Rice's(Pro Snowboarder) new Movie were there filming and some other crazy film camera's and angles were shot so stay tuned for something special from Quiksilver and the whole trip..
I had to leave early from G-Land which sucked cause it was 6-8 ft and pumping and make my way to Hawaii for the Battle of the Paddle. I had a horrendous flight schedule there with a 12 hr stop over in South Korea before landing in Hawaii on the Friday. The Race itself on Saturday was brutal. It was a in and out course through the surf zone in Waikiki with minimal swell and strong offshore winds which made it a super tough race and with the strongest line up off competitors yet for a Battle race it was always going to be hard to back up my win from Dana Point last year.. I ended up finishing 4th which i was pretty stoked with considering i have been focusing on my preparations for the Molokai Paddleboard Race. I should say Congratulations to Danny Ching, Travis Grant, and Aaron Napolean for finishing in the Top 3 and for everyone else who competed and finished. Great effort.
I had to hang around for a few days after the event for some work with Quiksilver then i was on my way home which was awesome. So the last 2 weeks has been spent training and fine tuning before i leave for Hawaii again on the 8 th of July for a few warm up races before the big one on the 25 th July(MOLOKAI). It's exciting times for paddler's coming up with all the races over the next month and paddling being about as popular as it ever has been right now... I hope all of you have been training hard and having fun. I look forward to some warm weather and strong trade winds in Hawaii... Take care JM
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Here is a clip of the trip i just made to Bali... I was working Water Safety for a Nike Commercial they were making with there surf team. Most of it was shot at night and it will look pretty epic once it comes out.. Cheers JM
Monday, May 24, 2010
Hey guys here is a video from a few weeks back when i was lucky enough to be invited to go to the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital for some Physical testing. Thanks to Adam Scott and the Staff of the hospital for being so cool and helping me out. I enjoyed it. Also to Joss and Justin for the support and filming. Cheers JM.
Also if u are not into this type of thing i warn you it could be boring!!!!!
Monday, May 10, 2010
Well just had a big weekend with a bunch of the Bondi Lifeguard boys.. Moondoggy,Reidy,Corey and Tom came down for the weekend and we had plenty of fun and good laughs. 1st off we had the 3o km Saltwater Festival Paddleboard Race on Saturday which went from Brunswick Heads and finished off at Salt. Conditions were perfect with a 3-4 ft e/se swell running and a good 15 to 20 knots of South wind blowing.Perfect for that stretch of Coastline. Things didn't all go to plan but.. Reidy and his partner Simon who were doing the teams race had there escort Jet Ski break down and nearly catch on fire before the race started .. So they decided to go 15 km in one hit then swap instead of being able to swap every 15 min or so. So just when u thought things were coming together Simon who was paddling 1st felt that his board was feeling sluggish and then realized his board was sinking! Yes you heard right. Sinking . So he had to swim with his board 2km to shore trying to salvage the board. Lucky Moondoggy who was driving a ski with my mate came to the rescue and picked Simon up from walking on the beach with his board.. So Reidy's day was over before it began. Sorry buddy.. But Tom and Corey finished the 30km and really done themselves proud. With not much training under the belt and paddling there boards for the 1st time it was a big effort boys. Well done.
Tom had to scoot straight to the airport to get back to Sydney but as you do we all had a few beers later that night and talked story. Sunday was mothers day and i decided to take the boys out on our 4 man surfing canoe. They were all pumped and it was a perfect day for it.. It was 2 ft and the Alley was perfect for the canoe. We caught some good waves and actually didn't flip once which is unusual for me when I'm steering haha. We finished off with a Barby on Sunday arvo and it was time for the boys to head home.. If you want to check the boys out more u can check there website out www.bondirescuelifeguards.com or watch them on Channel 10 in season. There a good bunch of blokes.. Take care JM
Monday, May 3, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Well the Team from La Hui Kai have been under the pump the last week trying to make a deadline that was moved forward to ship boards to Hawaii for the Battle of the Paddle in June.Adrian,Mick and Andrew(Moose) done a awesome job getting them finished and packed up for the 10 am pickup tomorrow morning. There is a total of 8 boards heading over. Six 12'6 BOP boards and one 14ft and a 17ft for Molokai. So there will be plenty of Boards to come check out..Make sure to drop by the La Hui Kai Tent to check out the custom boards and the Surftech Tent for the New 12'6 JM Model.. You wont be disappointed.. Take them for a test drive and see what the Buzz is all about... Here are a few photos of the finished products.. Cheers JM
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Well today i was very lucky to be invited to a Fundraiser organised by S.A.N.D for the Camp Quality Foundation. S.A.N.D was the brainchild of the late Denis Callinan a great human being who did alot for charity on the Gold Coast and was taken from us too early a few years ago. And for those who don't know what Camp Quality is it's a great Organization which helps kids with Cancer get out and about and do fun things and raises money for kids. So our mission today was to take the kids surfing and stoke them out.
We had a really good turnout of Stars turn up to help with the kids. Kelly Slater, Steph Gilmore, Dave Rastovich,Luke Munro,Haley Bateup, Luke Egan, Wayne Dean, and Wayne(Rabbit) Bartholomew all turned up to help out which was awesome... We spent about 2 hrs in the water at Greenmount and it was perfect conditions for the kids. Water was warm and sun was out. For a little while anyway haha.. It really makes you think how lucky we all are that we have our health and are able to do what we do day in day out after spending some time with these kids. They are fighters and really inspired me today.Thank you to everyone who helped out it was so cool seeing the huge smiles on all there faces even though there were a few spills.. And to my mate Calumn. Sorry about the Double Up i pushed u into mate!! Were all sweet but hey! Take care JM
Also check this clip we made today http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZL-CWogWGA
Friday, April 16, 2010
Well sorry Ive been so slack/busy.. Have lots to talk about. I have just got back from a SUP trip to the Maldives and it was a epic trip.. Got some great waves.. I have also just got back into training for the upcoming paddle season which is shaping up to be a big season. I'm looking forward to getting my new 18ft Paddleboard from La Hui Kai which should be finished next week. I'm going to start a weekly video blog counting down the weeks to Molokai and show you some of the training our group gets up to.. So standby as i will update the Maldives trip very soon once i get some photos of the trip sent to me. Also i will post the 1st Video blog next week as well.. So stay tuned i will try and make up for being so quiet lately..Take care Jamie
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Well exciting times ahead for the East Coast if your a surfer... We have lots of storm activity up North with TC Ului spinning up in the Coral Sea and looking like sending us some decent size swell over the next few days and through the weekend. But what was looking like the perfect cyclone for us is unfortunately going to hit land somewhere in Central Queensland. Hopefully it is easy on the guys up there and doesn't cause to much damage. As for us that means the swell has downgraded and wont really get as big as expected.But there is a chance it could re-develop again and send us some more swell next week.. But there has been no shortage of waves this week either.. Burleigh was as good as it gets at 3ft on Monday.. 20 year Lifeguard veteran at Burleigh Mick Di Betta even commented that it was back looking like the glory days of the 80's. Lots of Burleigh Barrell's were had by all the boys. I missed Monday as i was flying back from Sydney. As for the next few days only time will tell .The forecast has been like a Yo Yo..Up and down and will be hard to really get a sense of where to go but there are a few knooks and cranny's that will be pumping if u know where to go.. Good luck to my mate Billy who is competing up at Noosa in pumping waves in a SUP contest and to all who are looking for waves over the next few days..Hope everyone gets there fix.. I'm sure there be some amazing footage turn up here and there after the weekends out. Be safe and take care.. JM