Whatarangi

Whatarangi, New Zealand

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Whilthy Whataranagi

Whatarangi
Stand Up Paddle Boarding: Surfing
10 am - 3 pm Saturday. July 24. 2010
my rating 5 star rating
Wind Direction: SE Wind Strength: gentle breeze Swell Direction: SW Swell Size: head x2 Tide: Mid - Rising.

The buzzing of my alarm interrupted the most bizarre dream I'd had in a long time, I was running through a..... nah that's another session log...

It was dark and cold and I was seriously doubting my sanity. Were we really going to head over the coast at 6am!???

I stumbled up stairs and woke up the laptop, all the forecast sites loaded in the tabs so I only had to hit refresh on them all to get the latest. The news was kind of as expected, the SE that had smoked through the day before and offered Woo, Tim and Timo some challenging down the line sailing was easing off.

Live weather feeds were reading 6-8 knts SE. So a quick txt and post to the deepfried forum and I was back in bed till 8am.

Wake up number 2.... a much better way to start the day. More people were up and the txts were flying. Gary was up for it and was about to hit the road hoping, praying, that the wind would at least hold at the 18 knts Lake Ferry was reading. Fabrice was busting to hit the road and Klass made it up to 4 of us.

I loaded up all the toys, big and small windsurf gear and the SUP. the rule for heading over the coast.... TAKE EVERYTHING.

I met Fabrice and Klass at the Caltex and we hauled ass over the hill.

Just as we arrived at Whatarangi we meet a bleary eyed Gary heading in the wrong direction. He'd checked out all the spots down the coast an reported light wind so was heading back to town, what a way to use a day pass!

Gary reckoned Dumps was pretty big so we headed down for a look. Now that its been fenced off access is a bit of a hike, Woo and the boys apparently launched from the North end of the fence line which looked like a nice beachy area (Palliser style beach though, kinda ferral).

Dumps looked massive with the outer reef pitching some huge slabs of green about 300-400m off the point. We reckoned that wave was close to mast and a half or bigger on the sets. Needless to say we weren't too keen to get out amoungst that lot.

We headed back to Whatarangi which was a little more sheltered from the wind chop and was probably the biggest I've seen it.

The main point break would often join up the the bombie reef... good in that it provided some long rides, bad in that the bigger sets would sometimes close out and swallow you up.

Klass and Fabrice were first to hit the water kitted from head to toe in rubber, and it was needed. First couple of waves on my headed gave me one of the most intense brain freezes I've had in a long time.

As the session went the wind backed off, the tide rose and the swell got bigger. We got a few nice rides mixed in with some fun wipeouts. The good thing about Whatrangi is that the drillings aren't too bad.

I still remember one particular set that came through (after I took the Helmet cam off as it fogged up). I could see it breaking down the coast, barreling towards us. I could tell it was big so I paddled my guts out to get out the back, over 1, 2 , 3 , 4 waves until I was in position for the 5th. It was big and was barreling down off the point like a big dark freight train, the section lips were pitching top to bottom like big slabs of green glass. and the noise !!!

Anyway I thought I had to go for it so I just paddled, I glanced over my shoulder at one point and what I saw honestly scared the shit out of me, the wave face , 10m to my right was easily mast, maybe mast high maybe a bbit more (4-5m?)..... with me at the bottom of it paddling in. I couldn't back out now or I was toast.

The rest of it was a blur I remember taking the drop which went for ever, then trying to control the board over the chop on the wave face, I got a couple of turns in before I pulled off over the shoulder.... playing it safe.

I've never felt such an adrenaline rush, my head was spinning but super focused then I noticed my knees were shaking and all wobbly..... sweeet!!! I think Fabrice witnessed the the wave between getting the a few on the head a bit further in.

Later in the session the wind picked up and chopped things up a bit more, but the swell was still pumping. The sections began to close out a bit more than usual so we had to take off wider and wider from the point. In the end we all had noodle arms so we called it a day.

SUPER STOKED!

If there was wind the place would have been EPIC down the line sailing.... next time!

4 thumbs up!

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27.07.10 8.49 pm
Great log dude. Nice vid too.

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27.07.10 9.21 pm
Yeah, good log. Shame about the wind .......er and the picture of Fabrice....

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27.07.10 9.45 pm
yeah that one was for the Laadies....

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28.07.10 9.36 am
A little disappointing how the GoPro wide angle totally flattens the waves out.. might try the board mount?

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29.07.10 1.00 pm
Epic log.

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29.07.10 1.13 pm
A shame you don't have a surfboard or a SUP, would have made the trip over worthwhile

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02.08.10 10.34 am
No shame at all guys, french people always reinvent the fashion ah!ah!, bet you to see everybody dress like that in a couple of years.

PS: the current was really strong

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11.05.14 10.52 pm
nice video 5 stars though?i guess its pretty subjective how you rate a session ...did nt look head x 2 ,don't mean to diss you or anything!

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