Sunday, March 31, 2013

New Zealand Part 2

New Zealand is an adventure paradise and the adventures just have not stopped since I arrived here four weeks ago.

Island Life

After the incredible few days at Jackson Bay we went back to the Hawea waves for the NZ nationals and team selections. There was a great turn out and atmosphere at the event, which also celebrate the official opening of the park in front of crowds of local people on a beautiful sunny weekend.

Hawea Time (photo by Danilo Hegg)

Over the two days everyone took to the water to take part in a whole range of competitions on a wide variety of crafts. There was body boarders, surfers, hydro speeds, freestylers, creek boats and SUP's. Pro paddlers to beginners and ye oldies all the way through to loads of young kids.

Judging (photo by Danilo Hegg) 
I had a great weekend winning both days competitions but not being a Kiwi means I didn't make the national team! However it is going to be an exciting year for NZ freestyle as the event showed that freestyle is still alive and growing and 2013 will see one of the largest and strongest NZ teams compete at the worlds later this year and also a huge development of freestyle within the country thanks to new Hawea freestyle training facility.

Dialling in the waves (photo by Danilo Hegg)

Heres a quick highlights video from our time at the waves.

After the event it was time for a few days chilling, wake boarding and waterskiing before a quick trip to Queenstown to go freestyle paragliding and grab a Fergburger. Then it was time to head north for a days hunting before jumping on the ferry to the North Island and Lake Taupo and the Kaituna.

Ready to go

Wipping around a turn
Jumping of a cliff as you do with NZ Freestyle
Paragliding Champion Danger Dan

Ferg burger time

The Kaituna is a enchanting river and it was awesome to catch up with friends old and new as we explored the area and paddled the run. A drought in NZ meant the levels were super low but still really good fun.
Beautiful Valley

Fun times on the Kaituna Falls

A bit of a change from the snow back home

Another week on and we've been boating loads and filming, bungee jumping*, competing at the Full James event, mountain biking, speed boating on the lake, SUPing on a gorgeous spring and surfing in the sea, playing ocean golf and going to the gym, the circus and several natural thermal hot and cold pools. So much fun!

Flying in the Kaituna hole

Andy going big at Full James

Trying to remember how to wave boat again

Filming with Josh and Polly for her new film

Freestyle seal launching

Fun times
Mountain Biking some awesome trails

Sunrise over the surf
The adventures just haven't stopped and now I am leaving the Islands to head to Australia and who knows what adventures will come next. Massive thank you to Jason and everyone who shared my New Zealand adventure and helped make it all possible. Thank you. 'I love New Zealand' What an incredible place.
What a country