From Where You'd Rather Be: Spring Sessions No.1 - North Island NZ
We've partnered up with coronaextra.com.au to celebrate the waves to get you stoked in the season of love.
Spring is the season of reawakening. As the totally boring days of winter begin to grow long and warm we throw off our beanies, puffy jackets and scarves and run blissful and naked into fields of blossoming daisies. Love is in the air. The world is new again. Animals are mating. Each day is a gift to be lived to its fullest. Pity then, that spring is also the season that sucks most for waves, right? WRONG! In fact, for a handful of areas this is the season to score. Don’t pack away your steamers just yet, dive into these Spring Sessions and watch your surfing ka-bloom. And be sure to fill in the competition entry form below to go in the draw to score $5000 worth of insane prizes to make this spring the best surf season ever.
No.1 NORTH ISLAND, NZ
Coastalwatch Chief Forecaster Ben Macartney Dishes The Gold
Like many west facing coasts around the world the western fringes of New Zealand’s North Island is rarely left wanting for swell. Although its swell window is bounded by Australia to the west and the tropical landmasses of New Caledonia and Papua New Guinea to the north, New Zealand’s southwest swell window is one of the largest on the planet; extending below the Australian mainland and spanning the entire southern Indian Ocean – in theory bounded by Madagascar and South Africa’s south-eastern coast, located some 6,000 nautical miles away. Hence, it’s usually local winds and swell-size that determine where to surf, as opposed to a lack of swell.
Throughout the spring months a still highly active Southern Ocean storm track delivers consistent southwest groundswell to New Zealand’s West Coast. At the same time the high pressure belt begins to dip further south, producing a consistent anticlockwise wind pattern; characterised by strong west to south-westerlies arriving with a new cold front and followed by lighter S to SE winds as an anteceding high pressure system moves overhead. This is usually the time to be targeting the long lefthanders of Raglan as the peak of a groundswell often coincides with the south-westerly airflow – and all three points offer some degree of shelter from the onshore winds. Wave quality improves as they swing to the south and southeast and as high pressure drifts further east it usually offers up a window of lighter E to NE winds. That’s the time to head for the exposed, black-sand beaches of Piha.
Once SW swell eases into the 1 to 2 metre range these straight offshore winds can produce perfect beach-breaks usually lasting anywhere from one to three days before the next cold front arrives. The North Island is also occasionally impacted by the synoptic curve balls such as East Coast Lows (ECL’s). These hybrid storms develop over the Tasman Sea and usually track east, often generating strong onshore NW winds as the approach the region. Of course once these storms clear the legacy can be a short to mid period NW swell combining with light winds to produce excellent surf at any number of breaks.
SPRING SESSIONS GIVEAWAY
With help from our friends at Corona we have lined up an epic surf gear pack worth $5,000 for one lucky Spring Sessions frother to win. Enter your details below and cross those fingers. Click here for more details on what your could win
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