24 Hours In The Waikato / by craig levers

There was no post last week, and there was the best excuse. The only acceptable excuse; waves. A flurry of messages and calls, organising, packing the camera gear, packing the boards, packing the Troopy and slightly packing about what I was getting myself into. Last week's long period west coast swell had everyone frothing at the gills. Where would be handling, where would be big. As it turned out the coasts from South Taranaki up pumped for days. I opted for 24 hours in the Waikato. 

Luke Cederman last Thursday, just as the swell started to show

Luke Cederman last Thursday, just as the swell started to show

Luke in   Raglan Surf Report   advertising mode

Luke in Raglan Surf Report advertising mode

That was fun, but I didn't drive to the Waikato to shoot lefts this time. The pre-planning was all about chasing down some big rights. The tides were good, the wind was right. 

Leon Santorik drawing first blood on the right

Leon Santorik drawing first blood on the right

Sam Mathers under the hood on one of the larger ones of the session

Sam Mathers under the hood on one of the larger ones of the session

Luke Hughes wagging the shaping bay for the morning

Luke Hughes wagging the shaping bay for the morning

Leon on the foam ball

Leon on the foam ball

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When close is too close; Taylor Hutchinson well past full frame

When close is too close; Taylor Hutchinson well past full frame

On the next wave Stu buckled that black beauty

On the next wave Stu buckled that black beauty

Sam Mathers perfectly poised, Sam doesn't love this shot, frustrated that the wave wasn't big enough

Sam Mathers perfectly poised, Sam doesn't love this shot, frustrated that the wave wasn't big enough

Our Champ Billy Stairmand and my favourite image from the session

Our Champ Billy Stairmand and my favourite image from the session

Close second fav, Leon

Close second fav, Leon

...and that was that, the tide moved in and the bank stopped churning. But the day was far from over, within hours, just enough time to decompress and get some lunch, the next bank would start to fire up. 

Straight into the sun and the glare, miles away, everything photography 101 tells you not to do, Alex Dive driving through the glitter

Straight into the sun and the glare, miles away, everything photography 101 tells you not to do, Alex Dive driving through the glitter

Tom Billington couldn't make the morning sess' , he made up for it with vengeance in the arvo

Tom Billington couldn't make the morning sess' , he made up for it with vengeance in the arvo

Chris Malone hooking

Chris Malone hooking

All style and rail... Billy Stairmand

All style and rail... Billy Stairmand

Not to be out done on the rail game, Divey

Not to be out done on the rail game, Divey

Billy

Billy

Leon out on the face for a change

Leon out on the face for a change

Waikato winters and options

Waikato winters and options

Taylor not so full frame this round

Taylor not so full frame this round

It's wintery green, it's cold, its rippy, its hard work, but wouldn't you just love to be presented with that section. Billy blazing

It's wintery green, it's cold, its rippy, its hard work, but wouldn't you just love to be presented with that section. Billy blazing

24 hours of crazy good waves. As it turned out the west coast would pump for another 96. I'd like to be writing a claim that I'd surfed it out myself; truth be told I was happily broken from the big swim. Hoping you got your fill. 

THE ASFF Winter Sessions

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Did you miss the Aotearoa Surf Film Festival 2019 this summer? Well aren't you a tinny little bugger, it's back for the winter sessions!  Watch the trailer HERE

Details for the Auckland showings are on the ASFF website... Auckland showing at the legendary Crystal Palace! 
 

From The Galleries

And for something not too dissimilar; and east coast bomb from earlier in July. Check it out   HERE

And for something not too dissimilar; and east coast bomb from earlier in July. Check it out HERE