The best way to describe this spot is to relate it to Lyall Bay. Think of the wind being like Lyall Bay cross off shore all gusty and with big dead patches, but with a very clean grinding and peeling top to bottom mast plus high wave breaking.
Plus with the added dimension of rocks on the inside as large as cars and looking a little like a pin ball machine. And a solid 3-4 foot shore break surge.
So not really like Lyall Bay at all. Pretty intimidating actually but absolutely epic wave riding. easily my best day wave sailing since . . . .
My impression from my first session here is that this spot is one of the best wave sailing spots in New Zealand for the following reasons:
• Windies is a wave of consequence. It is most definitely the heaviest break I have sailed in New Zealand. It comes in fast out of deep water and off loads onto an underwater rock reef, not unlike Gnaraloo or Cabo Verde.
• The wave is of a very high quality. Hollow, smooth and fast but with predictable sections that enable easy aerial set up.
• Holds a large swell and will hold even larger swells. The biggest set waves were well over mast and were still incredibly well formed.
• Is likely to work reasonably frequently – It is exposed to and is cross off in the prevailing northerlies and northwesters and this coast is subject to frequent southerly ground swells.
Want to score this again ASAP. Watch this space.
All Pics by Tim Haxell - Thanks Bro more pictures here