Te Piha Bar can be a fickle mistress. Consistently inconsistent and moody.
It is easy to have a hate hate relationship with her and many do. Me? Well I have a love hate relationship, hate the crowds she attracts whenever there's a couple of sections connecting and it being called All Time Bar. Love the memories and past glories. Personal moments and accomplishments...Seeing Hawaiian Dane Kealoha smash a heavy section, whoa THAT's what power surfing is! Being totally and intentionally dominated by the older locals, as a Grom getting made well aware there is a real pecking order. And then from getting scraps to getting set waves.
Currently the bank on Te Bar is far from classic. But it has its moments. Even with the remnants of Cyclone Debbie baring down on us, there were good waves out west.
Local Sam Beere on a pearler
Wouldn't you be stoked to draw some lines on that canvas!
Pretty sure this is Addison Course in the driver's seat
A good keen man
On the other hand...
A better option than Te Bar?
Options a plenty this week
The Col McNeil Memorial Comp
The 2017 Champ, Mikey Phillips. Photo Norrie Montgomery, check out more of Norrie's work from the day Here
Another session from Te Bar, a moment definitely sought after, I feel real lucky to have captured what I was after with this one. When water follows land. To view it larger just click HERE