It's a little windy on the West Coast today. Relatively speaking through it's probably only a light breeze. This West Coast of NZ bares most of the brunt of weather as it rises up out of the Southern Ocean. It's a rugged coast of dramatic cliffs and raw ocean swells. Thankfully Mt Karioi looms large above the volcanic points at the entrance of Whaingaroa Harbour offering the perfect combination of exposure to swell and shelter from the wind.
It might be a touch ruffled today but if you like going left fast and far then the bumps are only a minor distraction. Four linked turns and a couple of cutbacks and you've travelled +150 metres. I'll take that almost any day!
Right now I'm sitting in Auckland Airport and I've just cast an eye over the forecast for Sydney. A 4 day run of warm sunnshine, a steady run of small East swell with light and variable winds should make for an easy transition back to Sydney life.
See you on the beach at Manly tomorrow.