Was keen to hunt for some waves in the Northlerlie to get some port tack TWC wavesailing practice in.
Met up with Simon and Warren at Taka at 9am and we bailed up to Omaha. When we got to Omaha it was pissing with rain, 10 knots and only a ankle high swell...bugger...
The crew decided to check out Pakiri as it is more exposed to swell and a N wind. Got there and it was sailable, N, cross-on, but the wind was shitty and gusty so rigged 5.6 and busted out my Kona Mini Tanker 120L waveboard - which has just arrived in NZ. The swell was very confused, choppy, short period wind swell - but it was head high and chunky with plenty of punch!
Was glad of the extra volume of the Mini Tanker as getting out was tricky as there was a 5 knot current running down wind which was a mo-fo as you'd bear away and nothing would happen. We all got mowed over by some punchy head high waves that would pitch on you and the current would suck you down the beach at rate of knots! The waves were grunty enough to bend my mast extension (this is the third Chinook RDM extension I've bent so beware!) There was some front side rides on offer and dropped into and bottom turned some solid head high beach breaks but the onshore angle made the top turn tricky and without any torque off the top.
The wind really filled-in about 3:00-4:00pm and was full power on 5.6. At 4:00 we all changed to smaller waveboards and sails for the last half hour then the front went over and the wind went from N-NNW-NW-W and dropped. Warren nearly got caught out and had a long walk back up the beach.
Full-on session in chunky, punchy waves and some front-&-back side rides, steep drops down steep faces and a few swims plus a bent extension... Good practice for the TWC!