Gallery: New Zealand Surfari, Late October 2013
A 24 Hour Getaway
Gallery and story by Richard Hodder / inthedrink.biz
At this time of year around here we tend to have large long period swells with prevailing SW winds (i.e. big and onshore) and no swell out east… So looking farther afield is generally our best option for waves.
I work at a distribution company and on Friday last week our first shipment of Poler Stuff arrived. Bags, Tents, clothes and adventure gear in boxes upon boxes arrived and I was like a little pumped up opossum… I could see the swell was maxing out west and knew that in the far north there would be plenty of waves to be had.
To celebrate the arrival of our shipment… myself and workmate Shaan Davis called our buddy Ryan Heath and loosely planned a "24 hour" getaway to make use of some of our new gear. It was clear we were going camping…. Sleeping Bags and Tents, were loaded into the car on top of surfboards, wetsuits, and food…The car was all ready for departure on Saturday morning. As per usual it was a slow getaway but we hit the road at 9am. Its a long drive but the drive down the gravel road and onto the beach is one you will never forget as you see lines of long lefts peeling down the point… It's possible to drive around but with lots of rocky sections and deep holes, you need a 4WD and we were in no car to make that possible. It was going to be a long walk but luckily we had the car journey to prepare for it.
We loaded up and got walking leaving our car for dead just a few metres above the high tide line on the beach. It was 3 km to the section of the point break where we were planning to camp just past a huge sand hill – as easy as that sounds, it's pretty much entirely soft sand, or rock hopping and the afternoon sun was hitting us pretty hard. The only thing keeping us going was that each time we looked up there were pumping left handers getting bigger and bigger as we walked around the point. An hour and a half later and we had found a spot to set up camp. We looked around and there was not many others around at all – miles from anywhere and all I could imagine was how sick it would be to live there for the rest of my life… It was pumping.
After a snapped board, and a broken leggy… and 5 or 6 run-rounds the boys were pretty surfed out, the sun was going down anyway and the moon was coming up. We set up a fire and plonked ourselves down for half an hour before Ryan and Shaan cooked me some of the best potatoes I have ever eaten. It was a pretty quiet night but we were all in good spirits….
In the morning I forced myself up for the sunrise. No one around except for one person out in the water and it really felt like we couldn't be much further from the city if we tried. Ryan was feeling pretty energetic and raced me up the huge sandhill before breakfast. It feels like your on a desert up there - little tree stalks sticking though the sand dune and an amazing view of the point - it really felt like time stopped and nothing else much mattered.
It's the kind of place that really opens your eyes to your surroundings and makes you appreciate nature and the environment and it reminded me just how happy surfing and surf adventures make me.
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