Close Call For Devonport Windsurfer in Storm

Posted by on Sep 18, 2010 | Leave a Comment

Bob the "freak wave" made a brief apperance before registering a disappointing surge on Cheltenham Beach

Bob the "freak wave" made a brief apperance before registering a disappointing surge on Cheltenham Beach

A morning exploration around Devonport failed to find any significant damage from the storm the “size of Australia” we have been hearing about.

A few mid-sized branches are down, some Pukeko’s feathers were ruffling in the stiff breeze and a few white horses were visible out on the harbour.

However, an Olympic windsurfing coach’s son was lucky to make it back to shore after he was caught in gale-force winds yesterday afternoon.

Grant Beck, who coached gold-medal winners Barbara and Bruce Kendall, said his 17 year-old son Logan went windsurfing after school, without telling his parents.

“No amount of confidence makes up for the sort of wind we had,” Beck said. “I wouldn’t have been capable to cope out there.”

Logan set out from Narrow Neck Beach near Devonport and tried to sail north to Takapuna Beach.

A branch down in Ngataringa Park was the largest we could find

A branch down in Ngataringa Park was the largest we could find

When he did not come home, his parents called the police. Emergency services scoured the harbour for the windsurfer.

Logan paddled ashore and walked home, arriving at 8pm.

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Additional Reporting NZPA

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