Whatarangi

Whatarangi, New Zealand

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My first SUP

Whatarangi
Stand Up Paddle Boarding: Surfing
2 pm - 5 pm Saturday. April 17. 2010
my rating 4 star rating
Wind Direction: N Wind Strength: strong breeze Swell Direction: S Swell Size: shoulder Tide: Mid - Rising.

Borrowed Chris`s (Kate`s) SUP for a Wairarapa weekend. Whatarangi was a primo place to make the first ever try. At first i thought it was too windy and choppy especially for learner. Almost decided go to Lake ferry and learn there on the flat water. Then Chris went out and i dared too. The board was pretty big, so i did not had many problems with balance. After 5 minutes of knee stance i begin to stand up. Was pretty hard for first half an hour. Especially when sets of knee high offshore chop was going through. But when wind baked off a little water became much smoother, and i became quite confident in stand up paddling. Another hour i was trying to catch small waves. And then another hour i was try to catch any (mean big) waves in line with big boys. Some of them was face high. Well, to be honest i did not make any wave ride longer than 3 meters. However, got some confidence on the board and couple of times was heading over almost breaking head high waves on my way out. Absolutely enjoyed the day. Everybody was supportive. Everybody had a lot of fun and showed some primo action. Thanks to Mike and Duncan for making nice photos. I think i`ll try to get more practice on SUP. Was absolutely impressed how nice it works with sails. There is a great potential for marginal Lyall days :-)

4 thumbs up!

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19.04.10 10.41 am
sure is "jumping in the deep end" ... my first waves SUP (after a couple of flatwater paddling sessions) was in some weeny waves at lyall ... nice one

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19.04.10 2.57 pm
Is it my impression or did you like it a lot ... :))

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19.04.10 3.16 pm
I liked it, now i must squeeze some money for a decent SUP :-) The most frustrating thing about it is a size. It`s not something that you keep in the car all the time as a freestyle board and couple of sails.

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19.04.10 7.01 pm
Well done, you did really good on a very difficult day. Do I need to say that you should have been there on Sunday morning as well....!!??!

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19.04.10 8.00 pm
Well yeah. Thanks Mangus. Need to spend some time with family. They actually quite bitten by sun-flies now. I tried Lyall minimal longboard at Sunday. I realized i like SUP more. Get cold too quickly being in the water, waiting for waves.

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19.04.10 8.33 pm
Let me know if you get the ok to get one.... ;)

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