Whatarangi

Whatarangi, New Zealand

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Whatarangi Kona session

Whatarangi
Windsurfing: Waves
1:30 pm - 3 pm Saturday. April 17. 2010
my rating 4 star rating
Wind Direction: NW Wind Strength: underpowered   using 5.6 - 6.0m sail. Swell Direction: SW Swell Size: head Tide: Mid - Falling.

We headed over to the Wairarapa for the WWA windsurfing weekend. By the looks of the forecast, it was going to be more of a surfing weekend with a 2m swell and light-ish winds. Chris and I loaded up the car with all the toys so all bases were covered.

We arrived at Whatarangi about lunch time to find a light but increasing NW'er and a pretty reasonable swell coming through. And a good crew of keen Wellingtonians looking for wind and waves.

After kicking around on the beach for a while wondering whether it was enough for sailing or better for SUPping, Magnus and I rigged up our biggest sails, Magnus put his on his 9'8" SUP and I pulled out the Kona 10'5" for a run. Duncan also had the same idea and threw a sail on his SUP as well.

While the point was solid, it was breaking left, so in the NW wind you would have not had much of a fun ride. Meanwhile, the Bommie was breaking both left and right, and it was large and consistent. So we headed upwind to there. Slowly. The wind was so light that it took a good 20 mins or so just to get in position upwind of the peak.

By this time Chris and Klaas had paddled up there too - Chris on his SUP and Klaas on his shortboard. It looked like hard work though - the wind had picked up to 10-12 knots - just enough to chop it up. Anyway, after a couple of false starts missing the best position on the wave, I dropped into a head high beauty. It walled up quickly, with a rising, pitching peak that I managed to bottom turn around and get into the pocket on the downwind side of it. Got a couple or three turns and then the wave backed off into deeper water, leaving me with the adrenaline pumping!

The Kona's nothing like a normal waveboard ride. At 320cm and 145 litres, most of the ride feels like it's in slow motion. Except off the top for some reason it snaps around. You dog along with your front foot right up against the mast foot, then the wave walls up quickly behind you, you pump like a madman to get into positon, and as the wave gets you you have to run miles back to get into the straps as you drop down the face. The it's a big slow bottom turn, then a snap around off the top. Gotta say it was a great option for the conditions

After a couple of hours with a few good waves under the belt, the wind seemed to drop a bit so it was time to head in and swap over to the SUP and join the rest of the crew up at the point. It took a bit of work to get in over the rocks with the big gear - thanks Duncan for your help mate.

3 thumbs up!

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