Plimmerton

(AKA Plimi) Wellington, New Zealand

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Spots nearby(ish) Plimmy Bench . Ara Harakeke Walkway . Ngati Toa Domain . Blacks Beach . MCC .

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Plimmerton

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Spanked and sent packing

Plimmerton, Wellington
Windsurfing: Waves
12 pm - 4 pm Saturday. October 4. 2008
my rating 3 star rating
Wind Direction: N Wind Strength: totally spanked   using 3.0 - 4.0m sail. Swell Direction: NW Swell Size: head Tide: High - Falling.

Round 2 of the Freewave and Welly turned it on again!

It was started out looking promising, I got down to Plimi early and met up with Alexander and a few of the other AK guys... super keen and already out on the water by 11am. Tide was incoming and there was good swell showing, the guys looked pretty comfortable on 4.5-ish sails.

Got hungry so a few of us wandered down to Vela cafe for a quick feed and a coffee.

Got back around 12.30 to see a couple more guys hanging around and the wind pretty much the same... 25knts ish.

Tide turned around 1pm and pretty much on cue the wind backed off... the un-aware started to rig bigger sails. I decided to keep the 4.0 rigged but had the 4.5 ready just in case.

Was faffing about by my car chatting to people when I saw something odd.... white spray heading for the beach... I knew what was up and bolted for the gear on the grass. All of a sudden the beach was hit by a rouge gust of 50+ knts from an odd direction. Boards that were once sitting comfortably on the grass were now airborne... I saw my 10'6" SUP airbourne so I dove on it, as I was doing that Tim's brand new Freestyle board launched and missed my head by what felt like cms. Rigs, boards, leaves, sticks, dust and small children were flying everywhere.

For the rest of day stayed the same. Truly nuking winds.

Oh yeah there was a comp in there somewhere too.... was a tad too wind for my liking, was more survival mode. Full props to the guys that went for it. Comp action looked good as most of it happened in close to the beach, probably the biggest general public spectator crowd I've seen. Later on I ventured out the back. Was met with 5-10kts less wind than on the inside and some really nice walled up swell. Got some sweet long rides for about 30mins then the wind kicked in again and blew everything flat.... so windy it was ridiculous!

2 thumbs up!

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05.10.08 7.00 pm
Wish I could have been there. Some great shots there Chris,good one of Erwin

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05.10.08 7.02 pm
yeah it was fun when they used me as a gybe marker

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05.10.08 7.10 pm
I think there are a few session logs missing from the Plimmy Bench from ppl?...

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05.10.08 7.13 pm
yep.

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05.10.08 9.13 pm
That shot of Erwin is priceless. Good photos. What a day!

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