NZ Girl.....cyclone ivy was UGLY
Hey NZ Girl.
That day was really weird. Ivy was frightening & very humbling. I'd like to say epic. But nope - it was just scary. It was a much better wave further south apparently. Aramoana was pumping but being 1400 kms further south & further away from swell-source the swell had more time to clean up abit. Here it was just a big messy washing machine
Surf here is normally, ...um, ok and that's it. The geography of the area is all wrong for good surf normally...look at a map of the bay of plenty, you'll see its north-east facing and the sea basin of the bay itself is quite shallow. So, normally good surf here is between Nov- March (cyclone season) and as the seasonal lows move up in latitude abit, the ones you're getting hammered by now. What real swell that does head towards us loses alot of it's energy in the shallow bay it travels though to reach us.
To give you a local perspective...the surf here is about the same as Aramoana, same size, volume & consistancy. That break faces very similar angles & has the same swell-window as the BOP. That'll give you the idea anyway.
The nice thing is ...it's 1.5 hours to Raglan, 1 hour to Whangamata, 3 hours to Gisborne...so you get to travel alot & experience most of N.I's best breaks in day-trips away. Heavy locals at Raglan however...never go there in the weekend. ;-)
St KIlda can be quite heavy - it's a deep beach that gets shallow quickly. it breaks heavy & fast...especially by the surf-club. I'd never go further towards Lawyers Heads for obvious reasons ;-)
I've never surfed Allens Beach, or at least I don't think I have...I can't remember to be honest...I may have once or twice, they all look the same in my head those pretty wee beaches on the peninsular.
Water temperature today is 15.3 degrees Celcius.....:-)