New Zealand Surf trip.

Holliday time = surfing time. I had some weeks off and did a little roady on NZ’s North Island. Piha, Ahipara and Raglan where on the menue.

First stop was a little place called Piha, it’s just 40 minutes out of Auckland on the westcoast. Good surfing beach with lefts and rights which can get quiet big with lots of current. The surf was good but the lodge where fully booked so I had to move anyway after one day.

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Piha, Westcoast North Island

The next stop on the list was the famous spot of Ahipara, which is known out of the classic surf movie “The Endless Summer” from 1964. Ahipara is a 4-5 hrs drive up north from Auckland and the surf spot is a classic left point break which runs forever on the right swell. Don’t expect too much, it’s a tiny little village with a very small shop, you really don’t go there for the shopping, though.  And have a guess where I’ve stayed, right at the Endless Summer Lodge.

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Endless Summer Lodge Ahipara

But Ahipara is not only famous for it’s surf, it’s also the beginning of the 90 mile beach. A beach as far you can see, which runs all the way to the northern tip of New Zealand which is called Cape Reinga.

After a five days up there in the north it was time to see something new. And what else apart of New Zealands surf capital could it be?

RightRaglan there we go.

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Raglan on a good day.

And what should I say, Raglan is defn. a place I felt in love with. The people, the surf, the food, the music. There is a reason why you are only allowed to stay 7 nights at the Raglan backpackerotherwise people would stay forever. For me it was clear I stay the 7 nights and after that I moved to another place called the Solscape, which is a little outside town but closer to the surf breaks. But let me quote from the Solscape website to explain this place: “Solscape is designed as a place for rest, rejuvenation and playful inspiration, to nurture our connection with each other and the natural world.”

Check out their website www.solscape.co.nz for more infos and their view from the Cafe is stunning.

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View from Solscape Cafe.

 

Am I dreaming? All over after five minutes.

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It still feels like a bad dream… All our hard work & effort from the last 1.5 years where destroyed after just a few minutes after the start of the Sydney – Hobart 2015. A smaller boat misjudged the situation and disrespect our right of way, unfortunately there was no way for us to go up or down, because we where in the middle of three boats, classic sandwich situation. Due to damage on our boat we couldn’t continue the race and had to retire. 

Sydney – Hobart 2015

Sydney – Hobart 2015

It’s on – the start of the 71st Rolex Sydney – Hobart 2015 is almost on it’s way. On boxing day (26th. of December) the 107 entry fleet will leave the harbour of Sydney and head down South on the 628nm race course to Hobart in Tasmania.

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The forecast got less frightened in the last day, but still we will see up to 35kn and big seas in the first 30 hrs. But on the other side these conditions are quite good for the mighty Lupa.

To follow us on the race course please check the official race tracker here: www.rolexsydneyhobart.com/tracker

 

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Auckland to Sydney. 

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It has been a while for me that I’ve been to Sydney (14 years) and back then it was just a quick stop over… but let’s start with the delivery

We left Auckland on the 30th of November and set sail for a 1300nm trip to Sydney, Australia. The first couple of days were easy motor sailing conditions but there was always this front in the Tasman sea which we tracked on the forecast. It showed us a 180° wind shift and lots of rain on the forecast. Plus you never know how long the transition will be, so we were prepared for everything.

And guess what in between 10 seconds the wind shifted 180°, it was quiet amazing to see. After that the wind built slowly as well as the sea state, in the end we ended up in big sea and 30+ knots for approx. 26 hrs.

Still nice sailing, though ;o)

In the end of our delivery we had to use the good old diesel again and arrived safe just before midnight of the 6th of December.

Tahiti – Auckland, New Zealand.

Saturday 15.8.2015 11:30am – Time to leave French Polynesia and go more south.

A few weeks ago we arrived in Auckland, New Zealand. It took us 10.5 days to sail the 2200nm from Papeete, Tahiti to Auckland, the City of sails. On the 21.8.2015 at 11am we sailed across the dateline and jumped a day forward, at this time we had 1000nm to go.

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South Pacific Sunrise, what a beauty.

The weather and the southern ocean ment it good with us and apart of the last 30  were we got hit by a front with wind up to 30kn straight on the nose. Apart of that we  had a really nice passage.

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An Albatross followed us for a few minutes.

On the 26.8.2015 21.30 local time Auckland we arrived safely at the customs dock to open up a couple of cold beverages.

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The City of sails, Auckland / New Zealand

And now we are getting right in there to get the mighty Lupa ready for the Rolex Sydney – Hobert Race in end of December.

Maururuu French-Polynesia.

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Time flies by… after 2,5 month in French-Polynesia we are setting sail and heading down south to the city of sails – Auckland, here we come.

I had such a wondeful time in French-Polynesia and I met so lovely people like Kiki & Eric in Teahupoo who became in my 20 days stay my second family. Their hospitality, help and love is just amazing. Merci beaucoup!

To see the world’s most heaviest wave Teahupo’o working on an XXL swell was just incredible. Thanks to Keala Kenelly for sharing her impressions at the dinner table after she made surfing history on riding the biggest wave a woman has ever been ridden. Also I like to thank Ray Collins, who is truely a master of light for showing me new aspects of photography.

But I will not forget the other places I’ve been like Moorea, Bora Bora and Huahine. Especially Huahine, this island is just stunning and I got some really good kite sessions in. Special thanks to Guillaume Chastagnol and his wife Titaua where I stayed, they also took me to the spots and shared their waves with me.

Every island got their own charme and are defn. a trip worth and there is still so much more to see.

I really hope that I can come back one day. Maururuu. Merci. Thanks!