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