Weld Road

(AKA Weld Rd) Oakura, Taranaki, New Zealand

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Spots nearby(ish) Ahu Ahu . Oakura Beach . Back Beach (naki) . Kumera Patch . Komene Rd .

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Another Classic TWC!!!

Weld Road, Oakura
Windsurfing: Waves
11 am - 5 pm Sunday. October 25. 2015
my rating 5 star rating
Wind Direction: SW Wind Strength: powered   using 4.6 - 5.0m sail. Swell Direction: SW Swell Size: head Tide: Low - Falling.

The 20-25 knot SW forecast was spot on and we were greeted with wind first thing in the morning. I skipped the TWC briefing and went straight to Weld Rd to score a good park. There was a rigging frenzy as the conditions were sweet. Rigged 5.0 and 87 Black Box and went out. The wind was light and gusty on the inside but solid out the back and the swell was head to half-mast. The tide was still high so the swell was mushy and choppy but had some fun hacks but the BB was getting bouncy so came into grab my trusty Mistral 84L twin fin.

The 84L Mistral twinny was sweet and I had a blast riding as many waves as I could. I love that old board - it still rips! There were loads of people on the water but heaps of space and waves to go around. My riding slowly improved as I remembered how to bottom/top turn. I dodged some nice lips which was kooky but way too rusty to go for aerials. Chris LaFranchie was on a wave upwind of me and told me to go for it while he filmed me on his GoPro. I did my best turns on that wave and when I saw him later he commented that I did some "sick turns"…but the GoPro housing had fogged up so no footage. Typical!

I went in for a break and then had the opportunity to demo a Tabou Pocket Wave 86L tri fin. It was an easy board to sail and quite nervous on the wave i.e. keen to turn. I had two good waves on it and was impressed by the looseness and grip off the bottom/top turn. The thruster set up is not one I am very used to so it was good to try it out and feel the difference. The waves ended up turning into rolling swells so there wasn't much to ride by late afternoon so came in at Ahu Ahu through the rocks and was praying I didn't ding the demo board.

So another classic TWC session and the best wavesail I have had since…a year ago when I was back at Weld d for the last TWC!

DISTANCE 41.00km SPEED max 40.0 Sailing time: 2:17'34.4

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