Surfers let rip for a swell lunch break

Last updated 13:00 17/05/2012
Olin Pilcher
HANG TEN: Olin Pilcher was one of a group who took advantage of a glassy swell at Schnappers Point.

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It is often when the weather gets cold that the surf gets up in Nelson and Olin Pilcherwas one of a group who took advantage of a glassy swell at Schnappers Point.

Mr Pilcher, a scientist with Cawthron Institute, joined about a dozen others in his lunch break to catch some waves on Tuesday. They were all photographed by amateur photographer Bill Evans, who said he shot 1500 frames in the morning and then went back for some more in the afternoon.

Mr Pilcher, 34, took a late lunch break to go surfing. Sometimes, the swells lasted only a day, he said, or even a few hours, and a network of surfers let each other know when conditions were ideal.

"It was a great day. Over winter it happens a bit more often with the big lows that go over. Although the water's cooling down, the waves generally get more consistent over the next couple of months."

He said Schnappers was recognised as the most consistent of half a dozen good surfing breaks in the Nelson area.

And how long has he been a surfer? "Not that long  about 20 years."

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- The Nelson Mail

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