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Cyclone Pam to light up Ultimate Watermen event

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Cyclone Pam to deliver terrific swell for multi-discipline contest

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 12 March, 2015 - New Zealand - Organizers of The Ultimate Waterman surf competition are rubbing their hands together at the prospect of unprecedented conditions thanks to Cyclone Pam due to hit New Zealand early next week.

The category four cyclone is expected to deliver huge swell the length of the East Coast starting on Sunday in the north and into the middle of the week in the south.  The Ultimate Waterman, driven by Subaru, is a world first surf contest involving eight of the world’s finest watermen who will compete in six surf disciplines: short and longboard; stand-up paddle and endurance; Waka-ama and big wave paddle in surfing. 

The Ultimate Waterman Contest Director, Ben Kennings, says the timing is uncanny and is set to deliver the best possible conditions for the big wave paddle in component which could take place as early as Monday.

“It’s looking like we’ll head to the east coast of the North Island to capitalise on the conditions there. We have always planned to go where the surf conditions are best, but never expected a cyclone of this magnitude to dictate where we would be surfing!” says Kennings.

The Ultimate Waterman official forecaster, is expecting some unprecedented swell sizes from the cyclone says Director Brett Beamsley. 

“We are looking at Cyclone Pam delivering the peak of the swell to the North East Coast during Monday with the swell falling away rapidly as the system tracks below the East Cape.  From that point the system will deliver swell down the entire coastline all the way to the Otago Region where we predict it will peak on Wednesday,” says Beamsley.  

“The cyclone is showing signs of tracking closer and closer to New Zealand which means there will be more wind and rain than first predicted” he added.



Sarah Rogan

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