Surf trip to Hossegor, France.

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Summer is just over here in Europe, for me it’s finally time to post some pics from the last surf trip. I always travel so far to explore beautiful countries and oceans, but we got some epic stuff here as well. So on the last trip we ended up in Hossegor, France at the atlantic coastline. Hossegor is also known for Europe’s surf capital. Check out the pics and you know why…

We had some small days of surf, flat days and epic days where it was safer to shoot pictures and let the pros rip the surf. It was busy because of the school hollidays but worth a trip. Will be back some day.

 

 

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.

 

Bora Bora & Huahine.

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The last days in French Polynesia I spent in Bora Bora and Huahine. Bora Bora is not really my cup of tea, but it looks mindblowing from the airplane, though. And I guess all the high class hotels & resorts are really nice for a couple of days of your honeymoon, but how it works out for the locals is just not my taste. The gap between the honeymoon tourists and the poor locals is just to big.

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Teahupoo, Tahiti.

Today we went to one of the world’s famous waves, Teahupoo. We got a water taxi out to the line up for an hour. It was very impressive how the guys surf or stand up paddle this beast. Some pros like Koa Rothman, Nathan Florence, Cory Lopez, & Owen Wright were out there to get some barrels.

Here are some pics:

 

A dream comes true.

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Friday, 24th of April, the big trip will go on his way and we are going to leave Sint Maarten in the Caribbean and head out into the Caribbean see towards Panama. From there we will go thru the Panama canal and follow our path to the Galapagos Island, where we will stop for three days to fill up with fuel & food.

From Galapagos we will sail into the South Pacific with our designated destination, Tahiti.

If everything goes well we will be there in 30 days…touch wood, fingers crossed!

I will do my best to post pictures and infos on this website.

See you in Panama.