:: Systems


There's been some funny weather systems floating around in the Tasman Sea and Southern Pacific this past week. With a small unpredictable low spinning in the Tasman, we didn't know whether we were heading to the far North, staying West or heading back East.   In the end we made a call to chase down a small window of chunky short-period swell and strong offshore winds on the East Coast. Getting to the break was always going to be a mission, the first thing we needed was a lift across the shipping lane.  The walk from the tip of the island to the break is about 2k's along an eroded dune system struggling to support the plantation timber that is routinely washed into the sea.  At high tide we were dodging 2 foot shorebreaks surging through fallen timber.

The break itself is a uncanny replica of South Straddie on the Gold Coast; punchie breakbreaks with surprising power.  With our NZ trip coming to a close we milked every drop out of the swell window surfing all day from 4-5ft in the morning slowly tapering off to 2ft in the late afternoon.

:: Murray