Ultimate Trips for the 2020 Season

Water Nomads Windfoiling Trips

Born from the success of the initial 2019 season trips to Taranaki, Water Nomads are broadening the scope for the 2020 season.  Taranaki will remain a prominent destination on the calendar as it is the premium wave sailing location, and of course our favourite.

None more so than the ‘world famous in New Zealand’ upcoming ‘Taranaki Wave Classic 2019’. Fast approaching, this coming Labour Weekend (October) Water Nomads are offering a ‘TWC Warm Up Trip’. Aimed at intermediate to advanced wave sailors all the hassle is removed. Healthy food, cosy accommodation and great crew to discover the best the region has to offer, and be ready to rip it up for the TWC event.

New entries into the calendar – a luxury weekend in the Bay of Islands for wind foiling.  This is exclusive and strictly limited in places.  The ultimate holiday water front location in pristine surroundings. Seriously, you are on the beach! Fully catered for with five-star cuisine, and surrounded by likeminded enthusiastic sailors.

As the end of year approaches, there is a further opportunity to jump into our pre-Xmas Surfari trip to Taranaki to take advantage of the Spring winds and undoubtedly epic waves! As with our previous 2019 season trips, there is superb whole foods fully catered for, together with the best spot guide for the conditions of the day, and not forgetting a fantastic group to share all the experiences with.

For more details, contact us via our website www.waternomads.co.nz, email [email protected] or call us on (+64) 021 044 5914.

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Sowing the seeds…

Water Nomads Dream

Giving the big city of Auckland a crack the last years has been good to us, great harbours and coastlines with many coastal islands to play in.  Surfing, windsurfing, sup and kayak adventures are endless here.  Yet we feel it is coming to a time for a new scene.  And as our passion toward water sports and windsurfing is at the forefront, the region of Taranaki seems all too obvious.

Lowe and behold, after many trips including our new Surfari journeys, we find a nest right in the middle of one of the countries best surf breaks, Kumara patch; and between the best wave sailing spots that have found notoriety worldwide, Weld, Kina and Punga’s no less.  What better place for Water Nomads to develop further.

Nestled amongst dairy paddocks and a stone’s throw from the wild Taranaki coast our prospective new home can be framed in front of the iconic volcanic mountain that is Mt. Taranaki.  A huge national park playground of hiking and mountain climbing, with rugged coastal beaches of black sands to fin eating boulders.  Alias for the moment, we continue in Auckland as we rent this paradise home to a young family.

In the mean time we dream, and plan…

Surfari March 2019

Water Nomads Surfari

It was on! Water Nomads late summer Surfari to Taradise.

With the promise of perfect weather and a moderate swell, five great windsurfers joined us for the weekend. Jill, Richard and David were so amped from our first trip and were straight into this one (pretty sure it was just the food).  With Pete and Christian joining the group ensuring the social dynamic was fantastic from the get-go.

Friday evening found us in Oakura as our home (situated just south of New Plymouth). This proved perfect for a still early morning surf SUP on the beach before breakfast.  A constant flow of coffee ensured caffeine levels were suitable for constant banter and an ever-increasing eagerness to play on the water.

Saturday found truth of any activity that relies on the weather; the weather will always fool the forecaster.  And a distinct absence of swell and wind had the team SUP surf Baileys Road before hunting for the promised blow.  Much chatter with random directional finger pointing eventually lead to a feed of a heathy lunch by our partner Mint Lunches.  Beach naval gazing eventually had three eager players on the water as the afternoon brought 8-10 knots. We resigned to a light wind skill testing (what was it? Never miss an opportunity to practice your tacks?), with the ever-present assurance that there would be more tomorrow.

It wasn’t long though before Heidi laid down the gauntlet… A challenge, to sail back home (Weld Road, to Oakura Beach), up wind, in 8-10 knots…  Hmmm, an actual Surfari!

Pete and David took up the challenge and as they made their way around the headland found it amazing how far out those cars sized boulders can reveal themselves.

Fins and boards unscathed, the three made it easily to Okura, with a brief walk to the house and a well-earned beer.  Soon Katrin, our esteemed weekend chief (Mint Lunches), delivered our dinner personally, a Tarakihi and vegetable stew with fresh German spelt bread that was to die for!  This followed by raw ginger slice.  OMG! There was not a drop of wine left either 😀

Sunday was a slow start, but in true form the sunshine and wind arrived.  Crystal blue waters that is the deep Tasman Sea off Ahu Ahu Road was a great afternoon with fun bump and jump conditions and a small rolling swell to turn duck and gibe… Another fabulous lunch by Mint Lunches and soon the afternoon of sailing drew long and it was finally time to bid farewell to everyone and journey back to Auckland.

Interest for a mid-winter madness trip has already being mooted, so keep an eye out for June 2019…

Behind the scenes

Water Nomads Behind the Scenes

Premium performance boards built to be cutting edge – light, fast and responsive. Small bumps and bruises happen to all of us, we pick ourselves up and we keep going. The boards on the other hand, will suffer quickly if their bruises are not attended too.  Here at Water Nomads we not only provide you will the best gear on the market, we also ensure you get it in the best condition.

There is a lot of work keeping a small business going. Be it marketing with the website, social media; keeping on top of the books; or ensuring customers get the best equipment and latest information.

There is one aspect many people do not realise that is just as important to us as the above…  Although it soaks up a lot of time, detailed board maintenance is a crucial part of offering premium gear rental…

We are all familiar with surf school boards; big, tough, naturally designed to take the riggers of over-exuberance and more often than not, over-confidence. As students realise the thrill of surfing and windsurfing and the boards suffer… I’m sure you remember more than one tumble!

Heidi loves the boards, and she loves ensuring they are in the best condition.  Not only to look good, but to perform how they were intended… Together with guru boat builder and mentor George Jakich; you can trust our boards are ready for another workout on the water!

Inaugural Surfari Recap!

Water Nomads Surfari

The first weekend of February 2019, New Plymouth, Taranaki, Aotearoa New Zealand…

The scene was set! A crew of four keen windsurfer’s joined Water Nomads – Heidi and Bevan for a weekend of forecast promising windsurf wave sailing.  From Auckland – Jill, Richard, Phillip and Wellington – David, we all descended on our classy accommodation in central New Plymouth.  Introductions over a quiet Friday evening beverage, everyone got to know each other.  Soon enough though, an early night was sort by all. Was it the travel, or building nerves?

Saturday: the house was superb, comfortable and spacious. In the dining room the Water Nomads crew rolled out a continental breakfast, and it wasn’t long before the freshly perked coffee was in hot demand! Would you like cinnamon on your cappuccino? The chatter was amped, forecasts repeatedly checked… soon expectations are realised, our sailing location is straight into the deep end – Pungarehu Road.

Arriving at the bay we found one local already demonstrating how it’s done here…  As the tide was still pretty full, we decided a quick tiki-tour to Kina Road for a look.  But the draw-back to Punga’s was all too strong, and soon the atmosphere was filling with anticipation as a great crew of enthusiastic locals arrive and welcome us, warm as ever.

The conditions were developing to “pretty full on” for our windsurf wave team, with 25+ knot gusts and logo high sets rolling through, but no one could stand in their way… It was looking spectacular, so Bevan (WHiO photography) got behind the lens and caught much of the action. You can see the album here.

During the day, our lunch was provided by local windsurf wave queen and business owner Katrin Dau – Mint Lunches. Delivering a yummy healthy feed keeping us all sharp for the whole day!

The conditions never let up, but eventually everyone was toast! Even the photographer! Back at the house a well-earned dinner was again provided by Mint Lunches, the most scrumptious vegetarian lasagne and uber healthy fresh salad.  Funny moment – a sudden realisation the salad had been placed in the hot oven rather than the lasagne! Quick action in the kitchen saw the dishes exchanged. And with fabulous humour, we enjoyed a hot lasagne and a warm salad… Recounting blow by blow moves and dodged rocks, over fine wine soon found many a tired eye, and it was not long before everyone had retired for the evening.

Another hearty breakfast, bottomless cappuccino’s, the forecast was discussed. The wind was light, the previous days swell had dropped away. So Waitara Beach for a relaxing SUP surf in the warm summers sun.  And once again, we all enjoyed an amazing lunch prepared by Mint Lunches.

Watch out for our next trip, likely planned for March 2019!

Water Nomads Surfari!

Surfari

It’s more than gear hire, it’s the experience. Water Nomads now offer windsurf weekend introductions to premium locations. Focused on the windsurfer, we aim to provide an all-expenses paid weekend at a prime windsurfing location. Not as a guide, but an enabler, to introduce you to the spots and share the knowledge that will get you confidently out on the water that you normally wouldn’t consider.

Surfari’s include the accommodation, all food catered, and a group of likeminded keen people to share the fun. Introduction to friendly locals guaranteed.

Our inaugural Surfari is the first weekend in February 2019, to the stunning wave sailing location in New Zealand, Taranaki. With catering by Mint Lunches, and advanced lesson on request by Windsurf and Stand Up Paddle Taranaki, it has proved popular already. As we post this blog we have a couple spaces still available, so get in touch quick!

The best way to find out about the latest updates on what we are doing, follow our social media handle @waternomadsnz on Facebook, Instagram and twitter.

We also support events around the country, where you wish to participate but the travel is prohibitive or risky with all the equipment you need. Contact us when your planning, and let us take care of your gear needs.

Auckland is Water Nomads home, with the aim you fly in, and pick the kit up on your way, then finally return. With enough notice though, most main centres throughout New Zealand can be your collect and drop off point, such as Wellington, Christchurch or Queenstown.

Gear Freaks!

Severne Nano 73

Heidi and Bevan have been sailing Starboard Windsurfing boards and Severne Sails and boards since, well since for ever. And when it came to surf, NSP is the only name we trusted to provide you with the friendliest yet exciting ride. When we decided to create Water Nomads, we immediately made the commitment that whatever we hire to you is the same gear we trust and use daily on the water.

So working with NZ Boardstore, Starboard, Severne, Carbon Art and NSP we have built a fleet second to none in New Zealand. Everything you can think of and more, boards, sails, boom, mast extension, harness, leash, paddle, bags, lockbox for car/van keys, even soft racks…

We are soon landing our latest line-up that includes the new 2019 Severne boards such as the Dyno, that weapon of a Fox, Starboard Inflatable Windsup’s, Severne Blade wave sails and Gator freeride sails. Check out our line-up on the equipment tab on our website!

Perfect timing for the release of the new seasons equipment brilliantly coincides with New Zealand’s Spring and Summer. Not only can you escape the Northern winter with a fabulous summer holiday in ‘God’s own’, you can be the first in the world to ride the latest season’s kit! Now that’ll make your friends back home green with envy!

Exploring new territory!

Water Nomads NZ

Why miss out on 16,000km’s of coastline New Zealand has to offer.

But with any good idea, comes the hard work. And with Heidi and Bevan, taking the easy path was never considered. Deciding a name took almost as long as getting our website up. We hope you agree, ‘Water Nomads’ captures the essence of what we, and you, love to do…

Next was the website, and seriously, neither of us had a clue. We did though have a vision! This was followed by a steep learning curve that continues today. We are a small passionate team so it’s all hands on, and we hope you like what you see.

The first aspect was what gear do we offer. We are not a school, so we are not restricted to big battered boards and small, robust sails for the beginner. What we are is passionate, so our aim is to enable the intermediate to pro that is adventurous and keen to explore. Our gear that we rent is the same gear that we ride, all current season (or two) unless stated otherwise. Frankly we keep a few boards longer than usual because they are so good!

As well as providing a portal to us and what we offer, we wanted to also give you a window into the amazing and diverse country of New Zealand that we live. The ‘Travel Page’ is your starting point, but it does not end there. We love our back yard, and can help you with spot tips, location advice as you travel. We will never be far from your side, even with hints on where to find the best coffee…

The journey begins!

Water Nomads NZ

First, let me (Bevan) introduce you to the heart of Water Nomads.

Heidi, originally from the south of Germany, she learnt to windsurf as a youngster in France. Later through her University years in Kiel, the deep stormy north, her passion for windsurfing was inevitably set. Heidi is very familiar with travel, the immense effort required to carry windsurf kit with you, especially by plane too far off locations.

Life eventually bought her to ‘gods own’ that is New Zealand, to which she has made her home. And windsurfing, travelling and epic adventure is never far from her mind.

Bevan, a born and breed Kiwi has dabbled in many adventure sports and travelled numerous parts of the world in various forms and times. Although mountains and cycling have been Bevan’s background, Heidi rekindled a teenage passion for water sports, with windsurfing now dominate.

Now together, water sports adventures around the country soon spread to the pacific. With it, we quickly understood the epic hassles and sometimes expensive nightmares that come with oversized luggage that comes with water sports equipment and aeroplane travel. Be it the tightening and forever changing restrictions and charges on oversized luggage, to the horrors of missing and/or damaged gear, especially your precious boards!

After a having wonderful windsurf holiday to Hawaii, which included the hassle and expense of lugging all our own gear, we realised that rental services at the beach locations were amazing. On our return to New Zealand, we came to realise this type of service is almost non-existent the moment you leave Auckland. Even then, there are just two schools that offer spot rental by the hour.

With 16,000km of coast, and a diverse countryside to see, what if there was a long-term rental of premium gear that you can take for your whole journey? Affordable, flexible and now available – Water Nomads is born…