Nelson surfers in paradise

20:28, Aug 04 2014
Tamati Coffey
WIPEOUT: A surfer succumbs to the wild water while riding a wave at Snapper Point yesterday.

Nelson's surfers enjoyed one of the best swells in months at the region's top surf break, Snapper Point, on Sunday..

The combination of good-sized waves and no wind in the morning produced the glassy conditions surfers love and they flocked to the easily accessible break, a short distance from the end of Boulder Bank Drive.

Surfer John Hogan said his friends had told him it was "an epic day".

"Everyone was frothing - I think there were quite a few grins."

He said the Boulder Bank got a solid swell "quite often" but it was often accompanied by stormy conditions, and it was unusual to get such clean waves.

Yesterday's were "probably a good third bigger than a lot of the average days".

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Hogan praised 79-year-old photographer Bill Evans, who makes a beeline for "Snappers" whenever there were good waves: "We're so fortunate to have him in our area.

"He gets some amazing shots."

It was a different kind of day for Hogan yesterday. "Unfortunately we went up the mountain."

However, he said it had also been an excellent day at Rainbow Skifield and it was great to see it get plenty of fresh snow.

The Nelson Mail