Californian happy with Taranaki waves

"You quadruple the amount of waves you get."

BLANTON SMITH
Last updated 05:00 13/11/2012
Californian kiteboarder Ian Alldredge
ANDY JACKSON/Fairfax NZ
FLY AWAY: Californian kiteboarder Ian Alldredge ready to catch awave off the coast of Opunake.

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Surf Highway 45's famous waves have been getting a workout from one of the world's best kiteboarders.

Californian Ian Alldredge, who is on his first trip to New Zealand, said he was loving the windy conditions and waves on offer in Taranaki.

"I'm stoked to get over here and check it out," he said.

"It's kinda like California in the spring time."

Alldredge, who's famous for his mid-air tricks, said he had already surfed several spots along the surf highway including Stent Rd.

"There were a couple guys out, but they came in and I surfed it by myself for about an hour and a half."

The 24-year-old, who grew up surfing in Santa Barbara, said he made the change to kiting when he was 13.

"In summer in California the waves die down and I started with dad as just something to occupy my time," he said. "I've been doing it for the past 12 years."

Being able to catch more waves and surf in more conditions has kept Alldredge in the sport.

"You pretty much quadruple the amount of waves you get," he said.

"The only wind that's not good is offshore."

Alldredge was brought to New Zealand on a 10-day tour by his sponsor Ben Wilson Surf to promote the Jeep kite school in Auckland.

Deane Joyce-Bradfield, who runs the school, said having one of the world's best in the country was huge.

"To have a rider of Alldredge's calibre in New Zealand is going to be great for the sport," he said.

"Even as an experienced rider I am looking to get some tips from Ian at one of the training camps."

Alldredge said one of his favourite things about surfing in the region was the scenery from the water.

"It [Mt Taranaki] is so massive and it's kinda cool to be sitting in the water and see it."

Alldredge will spend today surfing along the Taranaki coast before heading north in the hopes of surfing Ahipara, near Northland's Ninety Mile Beach.

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