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KiteKitten
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Favorite Beaches: A-Town, Rufus, The Hatchery/Swell City, Hood River Event Site, East Point Stevenson, Kite beach Maui and La Ventana BCS.
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Re: Moving to NZ from Hood River

Postby KiteKitten » Wed Oct 03, 2012 4:48 pm

SimonP wrote:plus I should add that the culture, scenery, and people are very similar to Oregon. Our winters are warmer than yours but your micro-breweries are better. :wink:


Thx for the info. So looking forward to everything. I'm 56 kg so maybe I will bring my 4 and pick up a 12m. Most all I ride is a surfboard, so looking for swell and waves. I'll kite with ya when it is nukin! My dream set up is the gorge in the summer and NZ in the summer, working to make that happen!

Please tell me that there are a few good beers to me found......

Drachenschmied
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Re: Moving to NZ from Hood River

Postby Drachenschmied » Wed Oct 03, 2012 5:34 pm

always drank Ranfurly :lol: :P (possibly not the best one out there though^^)

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Re: Moving to NZ from Hood River

Postby bikesandboards » Wed Oct 03, 2012 7:02 pm

Raglan rocks fella. Super chilled out. If you're on the surf board it is the perfect spot with the Magic Carpet whisking you out to the Raglan Bar in seconds. Few people and pretty predictable wind seasons. I love it.

Beer is on the up - thank god. The years of drinking piss are on the way out. Plenty of micro breweries popping up but nothing like you have in the States.

I reside in Auckland but bash it down to Raglan whenever I can.

Off to do Oregon as soon as I can though!

Enjoy Kiwi lifestyle!

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Re: Moving to NZ from Hood River

Postby plummet » Wed Oct 03, 2012 7:34 pm

Ok if you 56kg on a surfboard then yes 4m will be used.

you need to make it a priority to get to taranaki if your hunting waves and swell.the guys from raglan and tauranga head here when the swell is pumping. it really is epic.

head to the taranaki with a westerly forecast. if we get a solid few days of westerly then the swell will be pumping.

http://www.swellmap.com/surfing/new-zea ... zroy-beach

If unsure if its a good forecast to come down ask on this fastbook page.
http://www.facebook.com/tarakiter

hope your turning up soon because the spring westerlies are kicking in now!..

KiteKitten
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Local Beach: Hood River, and the beautiful Columbia River Gorge!!
Favorite Beaches: A-Town, Rufus, The Hatchery/Swell City, Hood River Event Site, East Point Stevenson, Kite beach Maui and La Ventana BCS.
Style: Swell and wave
Gear: 2012 Slingshot RPM's
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Re: Moving to NZ from Hood River

Postby KiteKitten » Thu Oct 18, 2012 4:58 am

Ok few more questions. My visa has been delayed so looks like I will not be able to get to NZ until late Nov. I'll be shipping my stuff out end of Oct fist of Nov. If I was only going to check two kites and ship the rest, what two size kites would you all suggest? Thickness of the wet suit?

Thanks again, you all have been very helpful. So looking forward to kiting, Raglan here I come!

Kite Kitten,
Machelle

Brock Landers
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Re: Moving to NZ from Hood River

Postby Brock Landers » Thu Oct 18, 2012 7:12 am

plummet wrote:They have some 300 days of kitable wind in raglan due to the "magic carpet" which is tide against wind out of the river mouth.


I would kill to have 300 days of kitable wind in a year.

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SimonP
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Re: Moving to NZ from Hood River

Postby SimonP » Thu Oct 18, 2012 10:35 am

300 days sounds like an exaggeration, 200-250 might be more realistic and some of those days would be pretty average. It has been a cracker spring though, I'm lost count of the number of 25 gusting 35 knot days that we have had in a row now. 15-20 knots would be nice mellow change.

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Re: Moving to NZ from Hood River

Postby plummet » Thu Oct 18, 2012 11:33 am

pack medium and little. the spring westerlies should still be hitting hard end of nov.

ps i'm loving the 25-35 knot days. my 8m is getting a good workout.

KiteKitten
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Re: Moving to NZ from Hood River

Postby KiteKitten » Fri Dec 07, 2012 12:04 pm

plummet wrote:pack medium and little. the spring westerlies should still be hitting hard end of nov.

ps i'm loving the 25-35 knot days. my 8m is getting a good workout.


Hey.... my kites just got here last night. My personal effects got hung up in customs, Lucky me.... Any how, I have my gear and I want to kite this weekend. Is it going to blow in the Naki? Let me know and I'll head down.

Cheers,
Meow!

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Re: Moving to NZ from Hood River

Postby plummet » Fri Dec 07, 2012 8:31 pm

Just replied via the taranaki facebook page.

looks like sea breases this weekend. 20 ish knots around 3.


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