Whatarangi

Whatarangi, New Zealand

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Wairarapa weekend day 2

Whatarangi
Stand Up Paddle Boarding: Surfing
9 am - 1 pm Sunday. April 18. 2010
my rating 5 star rating
Wind Direction: W Wind Strength: glassy Swell Direction: SW Swell Size: head Tide: High - Falling.

After a beery night at the pub and being on the water all day I slept like a log...I was woken by the birds (bloddy rooster) so I thought I might as well get up.

Breakfast and 2 coffees before 7am and i was ready to hit the road. Unfortunately the camp ground gate was locked so we had a line of eager people amping to get out and score the surf before the city surfers made it over.

After what seemed like ages hunting down the camp owner we hit the road.

When we reached the Point again the swell looked slightly smaller but better formed and it was totally glassy.

Without waiting too much Magnus and i hit the water and started what was one of the longest sessions I've had with so many waves caught that i lost count.

After a while Digger stepped away from behind the camera and we all got into some serious surfing.

We all made pigs of our selves and started to get more and more dialed into our boards and the the way the wave broke. After a few drillings without consequence i began to push things a little more and tried to get the 10'6 board to do Reo's off the lip, I managed a few and crashed a lot but 'finally' found a sweet spot on the board that I hadn't felt before... that thing can be pretty loose and quick from rail-to-rail when it wants to.

Today was all bout picks from the water and Diggers and I took turns again sitting deep in the line up, taking a few rinsing so that we could get some good pics... great fun.

around midday the energy levels started to fad and we started to kook it a bit and get hurt so we decided to call it a day. After about 20 "this is my last wave" calls we all headed in, diggers and I sharing a wave in.

the wave was fun but flattened out half way along... no problem on a SUP, just a few hard paddle strokes and you're back on. But not this time.

After a few hard paddle strokes something went all wrong, there was a loud PING and the shaft smashed full force into my knee, the pain was so much that I almost hurled. When I had a moment it was clear what had happened, the paddle had snapped, all i had was half a handle and the rest had sunk... oh well I needed a shiny new one anyway... bring on the insurance claim.

On the beach everyone was super chilled out in the warm weather and blazing sun. We had a feed and watched the others surf for a bit before we hit the road.

We left totally stoked.... Whatarangi turned it on for us again... 5 for 5!!!!!

4 thumbs up!

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19.04.10 4.16 pm
saw you guys on the waves - looks like good fun

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19.04.10 4.30 pm
Can believe you left totally stoked!! Nice story and so it seemed a very good weekend! You knee is alright again?

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19.04.10 4.41 pm
Great session. I wish i was there for second day as well.

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19.04.10 5.17 pm
That looks amazing. What board are you riding, Chris?

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19.04.10 5.26 pm
Thanks for the delicious breakfast, two pieces of bread with Marmite.

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19.04.10 8.18 pm
I have a 10'6 naish Jill, could go smaller though, but sometime the water line length is a real bonus

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19.04.10 8.36 pm
Hey Chris I'll add more pix as soon as I can get them off my camera - giving me grief again! Thanks for posting yours to my log.

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19.04.10 8.39 pm
No worries Digs... and I like marmite

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