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Taranaki "Killer Hard Core"

Kina Road Sth, Opunake
Windsurfing: Waves
1 pm - 3 pm Thursday. January 13. 2011
my rating 5 star rating
Wind Direction: SE Wind Strength: underpowered   using 4.6 - 5.0m sail. Swell Direction: W Swell Size: head Tide: Low - Rising.

Got up early (for me anyway) and went to find some waves to SUP down the coast before the SE kicked in.

Pitched up a Pungarehu and it was already sailable by 9am with a small swell. Just as we decided to rig up a HUGE black fin emerged from the water just out in front of the channel! WTF!!!... Sphincter tightens! :-0 See pics.

A pod of 15-20 Killer Whales cruised up the coast right in the shallows. Apparently they are hunting for stingrays but rare to see them to far north?

Then one decides to surf a wave in at the Crusher. That was amazing to see a massive black fin sticking out the top of a wave! See video.

We watched them head down to Bayley Rd so followed them and watched from the headland over looking the boat ramp. There another big one cruised in under a wave and started circling around the shallows near the boat ramp...right were we thought about going for a SUP but it was too windy! It would be pretty scary to see a pod of Killer Whales in the line up when out on the SUP! :-0

Awesome to see such wildlife up close. Makes you realise you are not alone when you are flying across the water on a small craft made out of foam and glass!

Then we headed to Kina Rd for a sail...hoping the whales didn't head back south!

Rigged 5.0 and 84 twinny but was a bit under powered. The swell seemed to drop as soon as we hacked up to the South Point. Scored a few rides but it was hard to get any decent waves as it was really only a short period swell and dropping.

Saw the Spanish dude sail down to the South Point from Tai Rd. It was cool to see him charge down wind into the break and throw a stalled forward and then stomp a backie off the next wave! I like the idea of sailing down wind from Tai Rd into the point and launch into jumps when still fresh.

So a pretty amazing day really and I'll probably remember the Killer Whales for the rest of my life. Glad I got it on video to share.

5 thumbs up!

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17.01.11 10.39 pm
Nice one Steve-o! pretty amazing pics of pungas, better not to find out how they would have received you.

Video didn't show, I think you need to put it on youtube or vimeo and embed the link address

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17.01.11 10.49 pm
Currently editing the video clips...

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18.01.11 12.24 am
Epic stuff.... You're in the food chain if you go out there!

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18.01.11 8.37 am
EPIC. What size sail did the killer whale have up. Looks like a 3.5 to me.

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18.01.11 8.47 am
What size did the Orca have up?... MoFo 6' of big black fin! :-0

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