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Cha Chou

Country : New Zealand

30 sessions

    • August 2017
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      Cha Chou at South Brighton jetty
      Christchurch - New Zealand
      Added on Sat, 26 Aug 2017 03:56:10 +0000

      Session date : 26/08/2017

      Gear used : Pacific Paddle Co Airlines & Pacific Paddle Co Adjustable PPC Recreational Paddle

      Just paddling... :-)

      3.25 km

      00:45:00

      4.33 km/h

      Pretty busy estuary this morning with a vintage row boat (!), 2 kayaks, a jet ski and another paddler, haven't seen that many people out all winter! The new jetty (replacing the earthquake damaged old one) is finally finished, looking pretty flash with the floating launch pontoon. Wind picked up a bit on on the way back and I'm glad I was wearing a wetsuit or I would have been freezing :O Got a fairly decent work out too =D

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      Cha Chou reviewed Pacific Paddle Co Airlines 10.6
      Added on Fri, 25 Aug 2017 03:26:56 +0000

      Pretty awesome board, quite wide and very stable so definitely a great beginner's board. Using it mostly for cruising on flat water or a bit of fitness. Easy to inflate/deflate and can easily be packed inside the car for people who don't have roof racks. Only weaker points would be that compared to other inflatables it doesn't fold that small and hence wouldn't recommend it for airplane travel or as a compact inflatable travel companion. Since it's fairly big it isn't the fastest board either so probably not ideal for race/competition training and perhaps my only motivation for ever upgrading would be to gain speed. Otherwise thumbs up, it's a great all rounder board. Had it for over 3 years and it still feels new =) Also perfect for taking your canine companion (or a child) as there is a lot of space on the board and again brilliant stability. Features like the elastics on front, large handle and hook for legrope are also a bonus.


      Board used for : Allround

      User level : Advanced

      User measurements : 170cm / 60kg

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      Cha Chou at South Brighton jetty
      Christchurch - New Zealand
      Added on Sat, 12 Aug 2017 23:22:49 +0000

      Session date : 13/08/2017

      Gear used : Pacific Paddle Co Airlines & Pacific Paddle Co Adjustable PPC Recreational Paddle

      Just paddling... :-)

      4.87 km

      00:40:00

      7.37 km/h

      Early morning paddle at the Estuary. Started at end of Estuary Rd and was going to head north towards the jetty but was a bit worried about the Southerly wind picking up so went South along the Spit instead. Turned around to head back towards the earthquake damaged walkway that is currently being restored. My camera died at the very start so don't have more photos :( Lots of seagulls and terns on the water this morning but no other human beings in sight =D Weather was really weird, sun kept coming out then hide again, and Westerly wind picked up a wee bit on my way back (funny that!). Sadly it wasn't as hot as yesterday (about 18˚C which is kind of nuts for the middle of the NZ winter!) but still a really nice morning to go out =) Itinerary is approx.

    • July 2017
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      Cha Chou at Avon River at Owles Terrace
      Christchurch - New Zealand
      Added on Thu, 06 Jul 2017 09:13:26 +0000

      Session date : 06/07/2017

      Touring

      0.91 km

      00:15:00

      3.63 km/h

      Sometimes walking the dog is just the best excuse to go spot scouting! =) No board with me tonight but I found the pontoon at Owles Terrace and walked along the river for a bit. Perfect launch spot to paddle either up river towards Christchurch central or down stream to end up in the Estuary (watch out for the tide or you'll end up stranded at low tide). Will definitely return with the board =) Lots of ducks, swans and shags around. There is a board indicating navigation rules for river users by the pontoon too (as this spot is also used by dragon boaters and long canoes, so smaller paddle crafts must stick to the left bank either way).

    • June 2017
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      Cha Chou at Mouth of the Arnold River
      Lake Brunner - New Zealand
      Added on Wed, 28 Jun 2017 05:35:51 +0000

      Session date : 28/06/2017

      Touring

      3.9 km

      01:00:00

      3.90 km/h

      Actually not a paddle as it was wayyyy too windy (as you can see from the waves on the lake =D ) and freezing cold! But a nice walk instead and definitely good scouting for the next time over there. Maybe not as scenic as the other side of the Lake (Iveagh Bay that has beautiful submerged trees that you can paddle through) but still potential for a nice paddle along the township of Moana and going up into the river. Probably a good idea to park at the beach on the other side of the river if you don't want to carry your board to the water (2/3min walk from this side, but might be more quiet especially in the summer) but be aware of the boats launching at the nearby ramp.

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      Cha Chou at South Brighton jetty
      Christchurch - New Zealand
      Added on Sun, 18 Jun 2017 04:46:08 +0000

      Session date : 18/06/2017

      Gear used : Pacific Paddle Co Airlines & Pacific Paddle Co Adjustable PPC Recreational Paddle

      Just paddling... :-)

      3.47 km

      01:00:00

      3.47 km/h

      Another great winter paddle from the end of Estuary Rd to the old South Brighton jetty. The jetty is now being taken down after it was damaged by the big earthquake to be replaced by a new floating one. Thought the weather was going to get really nasty but it cleared up instead =) Almost no wind, glassy water -mesmerising to see the clouds reflect on the water and everything so blue around, actually made it really hard to see if you don't look at the land when you're going forward!- and only 1 other paddler on the estuary today. Saw lots of birds though =) Funny to see the jetty being reduced to a few posts for the birds to perch onto. And like me you can't resist paddling through the posts, be aware that there is a big metal wire running through the middle and it is almost invisible from the south side!!! Lucky I was going really slow to take photos and managed to crouch down and go under before hitting it!

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      Cha Chou at Cass Bay
      Christchurch - New Zealand
      Added on Sun, 11 Jun 2017 05:18:19 +0000

      Session date : 11/06/2017

      Gear used : Pacific Paddle Co Airlines & Pacific Paddle Co Adjustable PPC Recreational Paddle

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      3.27 km

      01:00:00

      3.27 km/h

      Who said it was winter??? =) What a cracker of a day, flat water, no wind and warm too! Met another very friendly paddler at the car park so we headed out together. From Cass Bay to Naval Point and around the Semaphore then back. Lots of shags at the Semaphore that flew off when we approached, pretty cool sight. No dolphins or stingrays though :'( Surprised they wasn't any more paddlers out on the water on such a stunning winter day. Guess the ski fields are starting to compete with the harbour this time of the year =)

    • April 2017
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      Cha Chou reviewed Blueskin Bay
      Warrington - New Zealand
      Added on Mon, 17 Apr 2017 07:45:29 +0000

      Blueskin Bay is an absolutely gorgeous little estuary about 20min north of Dunedin. The highway follows it around on its inland side (and so does the train line, making it hard to access from that side). Easiest access to water is from the township of Warrington. Drive to the Recreation Reserve and park by the Surf Club. From there you can choose between flat water touring on the estuary -you can't park on the estuary side so you have to carry your board from there, and depending on the tide you might be walking in a bit of mud as well before getting to the water- or surf at the beach. The estuary is relatively sheltered from the wind (at least when we were there) but there might be strong current when you get to the mouth. Also from the hills it looks like there are so shallow parts even further in so watch your fins! Plenty of bird life around so a pair of binocular might be handy. The surf was pretty big at the beach but there might be some strong currents in the area. There is a wee surf school at the car park that double as a cafe (you can't miss the Hector's dolphins painted on the walls) so if you're not sure about the surf part you can always ask the locals and enjoy a warm brew :) The beach is home to sea lions and there are pups around in Dec/Jan so if you're coming with your canine friends make sure you keep them on a leash. There are also penguins nesting in the dunes. And if you're lucky you might encounter some Hector's dolphins surfing the waves too! Good surf at Waikouaiti north of the Bay and nice river paddle on the river of the same name at Karitane. And plenty of accommodation (baches as we call them here) in the area so a very nice weekend escape or even night stop on the way to or back from Dunedin.


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      Cha Chou at Blueskin Bay
      Warrington - New Zealand
      Added on Mon, 17 Apr 2017 07:39:27 +0000

      Session date : 17/04/2017

      Gear used : Pacific Paddle Co Airlines & Pacific Paddle Co Adjustable PPC Recreational Paddle

      Touring

      4.38 km

      01:00:00

      4.38 km/h

      Sadly I didn't paddle there this time but this is way too beautiful of a spot not to add it to the list =) And I got the chance to do some scouting on foot so will definitely be back with the board ;)
      I logged a circle in the estuary which is where you would go for a nice flat water paddle and the triangle is at the surf beach on the other side of the spit. Best of both world =)

    • March 2017
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      Cha Chou at Cass Bay
      Christchurch - New Zealand
      Added on Fri, 17 Mar 2017 06:16:15 +0000

      Session date : 17/03/2017

      Gear used : Pacific Paddle Co Airlines & Pacific Paddle Co Adjustable PPC Recreational Paddle

      Just paddling... :-)

      0.37 km

      00:30:00

      0.75 km/h

      What a gorgeous night for an after work paddle! Finally back on the water and it was just perfect for it! 28˚C, no wind, flat as water =) And puppy loving it so much she jumped on a stranger's board to get more time on the water =) Nice to see a few other paddlers out there too. Bring it on weekend! Didn't have camera/phone with me on the water so photos from after the session. Distance approx. also.

    • January 2017
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      Cha Chou at South Brighton jetty
      Christchurch - New Zealand
      Added on Sat, 28 Jan 2017 22:35:41 +0000

      Session date : 29/01/2017

      Gear used : Pacific Paddle Co Airlines & Pacific Paddle Co Adjustable PPC Recreational Paddle

      Just paddling... :-)

      4.92 km

      01:00:00

      4.92 km/h

      Finally a morning without wind!!! The gate to the yacht club was closed at the jetty so I went further down and paddle from the bottom of Estuary Road to Redcliffs and back. Pushed my luck with the tide as I went out 3h+ after high tide and the estuary was getting flushed out. Paddled most of the time in ankle/knee deep water and had a great work out on the way back paddling against the tide! Perfect conditions, no wind, glassy mirror-like water, and no one else on the estuary but the swans, shags and sea-gulls =) Estuary Rd is definitely a better spot to launch if you head out late as you don't have to walk in the gross mud as much (still had to walk the last 50m back to shore as my fin was touching the ground).

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      Cha Chou at Akaroa Harbour & Bays
      Akaroa - New Zealand
      Added on Thu, 12 Jan 2017 20:45:20 +0000

      Session date : 12/01/2017

      Gear used : Pacific Paddle Co Airlines & Pacific Paddle Co Adjustable PPC Recreational Paddle

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      4.68 km

      01:30:00

      3.12 km/h

      Two paddles that day, first I took my little paddler to the boats sheds and afterwards I went round the bay. Sooooo windy on my way back, strong ENE pushing me away from the beach so took me ages to get back. Good for the muscles tho! =) Saw a couple of fish and plenty of sea birds. No sting rays sadly :(
      Nice to see a lot more people paddling in Akaroa this year, first time I've seen so many on the water =)

    • December 2016
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      Cha Chou at South Brighton jetty
      Christchurch - New Zealand
      Added on Sun, 18 Dec 2016 03:58:13 +0000

      Session date : 18/12/2016

      Gear used : Pacific Paddle Co Airlines & Pacific Paddle Co Adjustable PPC Recreational Paddle

      Just paddling... :-)

      1.77 km

      00:30:00

      3.55 km/h

      Wee morning paddle before the wind picked up. Nice to see other paddlers out too =) Went from the jetty to the bridge and back, looking for birds nesting in the long grasses but only saw a heron on the jetty when I got back. Was expecting the wind to get stronger as I was out but luckily it didn't pick up until later in the day. Forgot my camera so photos quality isn't that great :(

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      Cha Chou reviewed Lake Taylor
      Hawarden - New Zealand
      Added on Sun, 18 Dec 2016 03:42:07 +0000

      Really neat little spot in the heart of Lake Sumner conservation area (I haven't paddle on the other lakes yet so this review is for Lake Taylor only). Park right by the water at the Department of Conservation campsite, perfect to spend the night after your paddle =)($6/person/night - basic shelter for cooking and toilet only). It takes roughly 2h30 from Christchurch including 1h+ on a pretty rough (for my car at least, definitely easier in a big 4WD!), winding road that crosses the Lake Station (mind the sheep at every turn =D) and follows the Hurunui river. BYO board/gear only as there is nothing around (make sure you have enough petrol to come back too, otherwise the walk back will be pretty long..). The lake is open to motorboats as well and it probably gets fairly busy over the summer holiday period. Can get very windy but the NW wind pushes you back to the beach. There is good trout fishing there apparently and along the Hurunui too if you're into that. The campsite is dog friendly as well if you do have a canine paddler with you =) And there are 5 other lakes around including the bigger Lake Sumner, so plenty of spots to explore if you stick around for a few days.


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      Cha Chou at Lake Taylor
      Hawarden - New Zealand
      Added on Sun, 18 Dec 2016 03:29:26 +0000

      Session date : 18/12/2016

      Gear used : Pacific Paddle Co Airlines & Pacific Paddle Co Adjustable PPC Recreational Paddle

      Family

      1.03 km

      00:20:00

      3.13 km/h

      First time up at Lake Taylor, awesome spot, but sadly strong NW blowing us back to shore (nice little waves on the lake though!) so we only took quick turns paddling in and out and had to accept defeat :p Will definitely go back when the winds ease up at the end of summer!

    • October 2016
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      Cha Chou at Akaroa Harbour & Bays
      Akaroa - New Zealand
      Added on Sat, 29 Oct 2016 02:57:00 +0000

      Session date : 29/10/2016

      Gear used : Pacific Paddle Co Airlines & Pacific Paddle Co Adjustable PPC Recreational Paddle

      Family

      2.12 km

      02:00:00

      1.06 km/h

      Good weather for a fun paddle over the long weekend. 3 paddlers, SUP&Kayaks, started off on the SUP playing around in Children's Bay and taking my puppy out on the water. Then switched to the kayak and paddled to Daly's Wharf and back -really cool to go under the wharf. Was hoping to do a bit of SUP surfing at Le Bons Bay also but it was way too cold that day and the waves were pretty much inexistant so no regrets.

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      Cha Chou at South Brighton jetty
      Christchurch - New Zealand
      Added on Sat, 08 Oct 2016 03:48:12 +0000

      Session date : 08/10/2016

      Gear used : Pacific Paddle Co Airlines & Pacific Paddle Co Adjustable PPC Recreational Paddle

      Just paddling... :-)

      2.93 km

      00:45:00

      3.91 km/h

      Amazing morning for a paddle on the estuary. Probably the calmest, glassiest water I have ever seen there as I headed out, so flat and mirror-like it was actually confusing to look down! Went south towards the spit when the wind picked up (right on time for the changing of the tide!) and had to paddle with the wind side on on my way back. Saw a couple of fish jumping out of the water and rescued a drowning ladybug =)

    • September 2016
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      Cha Chou at South Brighton jetty
      Christchurch - New Zealand
      Added on Sat, 10 Sep 2016 02:51:52 +0000

      Session date : 10/09/2016

      Gear used : Pacific Paddle Co Airlines & Pacific Paddle Co Adjustable PPC Recreational Paddle

      Just paddling... :-)

      3.35 km

      01:00:00

      3.35 km/h

      After a week of absolute rubbish weather including hail storms, heavy rain and even snow further inland in the country, its really nice to get decent spring weather again =) Light N/E wind as I headed out that strengthened a bit on my way back (I kept an eye on the yachties the whole time as usually when they head out it means I better head back!) but otherwise super nice day to be out! Met another paddler halfway through and all the boats were out when I came back to the jetty. Spring is definitely here now, the wetsuit was clearly not necessary this time!

      Hope anyone else in NZ enjoyed a nice paddle today! =)

    • June 2016
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      Cha Chou at US coasts
      NY - United States
      Added on Thu, 16 Jun 2016 06:49:59 +0000

      Session date : 16/06/2016

      Touring

      http://standupjournal.com/single-worst-weekend-sup-history/

      This is really sad. Last weekend 4 SUPers perished in 3 separate accidents involving strong offshore winds off the US coasts.

      Be safe everyone.

      RIP :(

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      Cha Chou at South Brighton jetty
      Christchurch - New Zealand
      Added on Sat, 04 Jun 2016 05:54:47 +0000

      Session date : 04/06/2016

      Gear used : Pacific Paddle Co Airlines & Pacific Paddle Co Adjustable PPC Recreational Paddle

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      1.52 km

      00:30:00

      3.05 km/h

      Nice wee winter session -first really nice day in a while with no wind and sunshine =) Quick loop before the sun (and the temperatures!) dropped too low. The main access gate to the yacht club was locked (unusual) so had to improvise launch/exit from the car park instead of the jetty ramp. Came back in near a sewage pipe :( Lots of black swans around tonight and some of them took off as I paddled past them, pretty cool to watch! Hoping for more good weather for the rest of the long weekend =)

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    Pacific Paddle Co Airlines

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    Pacific Paddle Co Adjustable PPC Recreational Paddle