Righteo , home now & nothing on tv tonight. Web here I come...
The whole of Aramoana/Spit has real bad Karma NZ Girl, for many people...
two well-known Dunners lads drowned on their first wreck diving experience there in the late 1980's, they drowned when they entered one of two small shipwrecks submerged just beside the mole itself. If you walk out you can see them clearly- their masts still protrude from the water. They stirred up silt in the hold of this small ship with their fins and couldn't find their way out. Imagine that on your first wreck dive.
The David Grey massacre in 1994. He killed 9 people as he walked around that village with his assult rifle over about a 2 hour period. Being so isolated it took the police awhile to get there... NZ's premier mass-killing. What an honour for any town.
Although I love the surf there, there is just something about the place that makes me feel uncomfortable. Always has been, even as a teenager surfing there in the early 1980's, long before this crap. I don't know I can't articulate it.
Sharks; Yep it's the real sh_t.... The harbour entrance, very deep cold clear water immediately offshore, abundant food & seals galore all over the coastline. Apparently White Pointers love these conditions and come inshore to breed along that coastline. Records have been kept since 1900 in NZ. Three fatal attacks in that time....all at that one beach. .
I think the best way to look at it is this....if there is one break in Otago that you need to pay close attention to the common-sense shark rules...the Spit is it. Just be sensible.
Ironically the last non-fatal attack in NZ was Graham Carse in 1974 at St Clair (ding ding ding goes the bell) he got his board chewed up but didn't get touched himself- he's now Dud's best shaper (owns quarry beach surfboards).
Right, now I've put you off the Spit forever...I'm off for coffee.