Saw the forecast for the Thursday and Friday before the Taranaki Wave Classic and fanged down to Waitara. Pitched up at Waitara and was greeted with nuking winds and high tide! The water was smoking and it looked like 3.5 weather! Waited for the tide to drop and rigged 4.0 and 74 but was pretty spanked most of the time. Couldn't really handle the conditions today and I was using an old boom that was making creaking noises so that made me nervous. Got a few nice turns in on the inside where the wind was a bit lighter.