Tina and I have found our new favorite hideout in NZ (shoosh, don’t let anyone know). After ditching our digs in Red Beach we drove south on Saturday and landed in Raglan on the west coast (just west of Hamilton). This laid back little surfer town is what we imagine southern California to be like 40 years ago. It is friendly, unpretentious, and creative. It is also only a 10 minute drive to some of the best surf on this planet at Manu & Whale Bay (so we’re told- Glenn?).
Tina had never surfed and I only once. Yesterday we took a 3 hour lesson and got beat up pretty good. Undeterred we went for round 2 this morning. The waves were a little “cleaner” and the wind a little softer. With the more manageable conditions we each managed a few good rides. Grant it, the waves aren’t huge but you have to start somewhere. Sweet as!