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Magic Mangawhai

mangawhai heads, Wellsford
Windsurfing: Waves
10:30 am - 12:30 pm Friday. February 19. 2010
my rating 5 star rating
Wind Direction: SW Wind Strength: overpowered   using 4.6 - 5.0m sail. Swell Direction: E Swell Size: head Tide: Mid - Rising.

With a decent Easterly ground swell pumping in from an ex tropical cyclone and the forecast of a cranking SWer we thought it was time to try some down the line sailing. Managed to score the day off work and being woken my some great gusts throughout the night I was amping to get going.

Picked up Thomas on the way and expected to see a few of the boys join us for the trip. Unfortunately Anton bailed as half of his gear was still in Taranaki after the slalom nationals, even though between Thomas and I we could have lent him everything he needed to get on the water.

It was definitely cranking when we arrived and there were some awesome looking sets rolling in on the bar. 4.7 was the call and the walk down to the water had us wondering whether we'd rigged too big. Into the channel and it was windy! but oh so gusty with the wind coming across the estuary and over the dunes before reaching us. The channel was actually the most consistent wind as we got further down the beach you sometimes ended up in massive holes watching the sets roll towards you.

After a couple of runs we both started to settle into it, managing to time our runs out between the sets and catching a few waves on the way back in. It was a bit tricky with the wind so offshore and a few of Thomas' aerials ended with him off the back of the wave. Once on the wave it was pretty nice, smooth faces and so easy to crank into the turns. My JP RWW82 seemed really snappy off the top today which was great with a few nice slides along the white water.

Great session and well worth the drive up to try somewhere new and actually wave sail near Auckland. It would be nice to sail here with about 25 degrees more south in it which would make the wave riding and aerials that much easier and hopefully the wind a little less gusty.

The rest of the photos are at www.impactphotography.co.nz/windsurfing.htm

7 thumbs up!

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19.02.10 9.27 pm
nice one boys.....

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19.02.10 9.30 pm
count me in next time...looks awesome from the pics, so would a southerly be better ?

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19.02.10 9.32 pm
awesome work. and wicked photos.

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19.02.10 9.33 pm
Looks good.....We need to sail it a bit to get used to the off shore. Just that little bit of south wind direction would make a massive difference. Was a bit busy this morning but will always be keen for the mission.

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20.02.10 12.40 am
looks nice... see you guys do get wind and waves up there...

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21.02.10 11.35 pm
WTF!!! X-off starboard tack down the line near Auckland!? I was watching the ground swell on the webcams all day at work and wondering what it would've been like up there. You guys got the goods! I'm soooo jealous.

Does a SW get into Mangawai or do you need a SSW?

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22.02.10 6.53 am
You can probably sail their in SW and SSW, but SW is pretty off shore and gusty. We were getting 5-35kt ranges

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22.02.10 7.41 am
wonder what it would be like further up the coast. like next to marsden point where the coast faces more towards the S than the N.

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07.02.16 11.38 pm
Marsden Point is x-shore in a NE but get the swell doesn't get in there. I have sailed it three times now and plenty of wind, great angle but knee-waist wave breaking right on the beach.

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