Whatarangi

Whatarangi, New Zealand

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Spots nearby(ish) Dumps . Dee Dees . Raspberry Buns . Ning Nong . Windies .

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Whatarangi

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Whatarangi rocks!!!

Whatarangi
Stand Up Paddle Boarding: Surfing
8 am - 1:22 pm Sunday. March 7. 2010
my rating 5 star rating
Wind Direction: E Wind Strength: glassy Swell Direction: SE Swell Size: head Tide: High - Rising.

Forecasts a few days out looked pretty promising with a solid East swell and 20-30knt SE winds.... Perfect for Whatarangi.

As the chosen day got closer the forecast were not hold up to their promises.... swell was there but wind was a no show.

I woke up at 6am and it was still dark... something I NEVER do. Scoffed some caffeine and toast and hit the road to pick up Diggers. We then loaded up Big our windsurf gear (wishful thinking) and our SUPs.

The drive over the coast took no time at all as there was bugger all traffic and we made it in about 1.5 hrs.

We hit Whatarangi and were met with glassy conditions and what looked like a moderate swell breaking over the reef. It looked fun but we drove on to check out Ning Nong and Craps.... Both looked ok but weren't any better, so we headed back to the first spot.

We geared up and paddled out to the line up and were surprised that the swell was bigger than we thought... over head high on the bigger sets and freight train peeling down the line for about 150m. It had a couple of sections that could catch you out if your take off was too deep so it took us a few waves to get the right spot sorted.

to cut a long story short, we made absolute pigs of ourselves and scored tons of rides.

Tried the Bombie too.... what a beast! Take off point was uber critical.... 3m off the spot and you eat shit real quick. The bombie is definitely more of a windsurf wave.

So it was back to the reef which had cleaned up on the high tide. Problem was that the out going tide killed the swell a bit and there were long waits between sets..... not to worry as we were totally shagged and had to hit the road.

Epic roady and we totally scored it! I think I'm in love with Whatarangi and will be watching out for any SE winds we might get in the future.

Check out Diggers session for more! http://www.sessionlogs.com/spot-7022-15/whatarangi-sup-session-by-diggers

8 thumbs up!

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07.03.10 8.32 pm
I'm envious and want my SUP and a guy taking photos of me...

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07.03.10 8.45 pm
Yeeeeha!!!!! Man that looks glassy! You must be thinking it's ALMOST as good as Hardinge Rd....

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07.03.10 8.49 pm
both Diggers and I had cameras so each time we paddled out we took pics... it worked out really well and we both scored tons of rides

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07.03.10 9.14 pm
Good score! That's really glassy.

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07.03.10 9.20 pm
Good score. Wish I had a SUP now...

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07.03.10 9.26 pm
Fantastic session man. I'll be dreaming of glassy walls tonight...

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07.03.10 11.33 pm
yeah still got a smile on my face

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08.03.10 9.14 am
Great pics, great waves, nice shots! Can imagine you still have a BIG smile on your face!

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08.03.10 9.29 am
there were more than a few moments out there that were pure perfection.... its a magic place

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08.03.10 4.40 pm
24hrs later and I wanna go back!! :(

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09.03.10 10.10 am
I want to fly in and join you!! :)

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28.03.10 10.40 pm
awesome trip,great photos too, waivering towards a new hokua with conditions like that?

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29.03.10 10.29 am
Reminds me of dawnie sessions before school when I was a grommit

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29.03.10 10.46 am
Yeah maybe the Hokua or Mana 9'5.... Mana is cheaper.

Have to make sure that what ever I get is FAST... some of the sections at Whatarangi are pretty quick. Paddle in then aim straight down the line to get past the first section.

Will add yesterdays session soon;)

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