I'm really behind here on following the tour. Yatesy has been sending me stuff almost every day and I have been loving it but not sharing. The usual excuses that unfortunately does not include too much skating. So remember, these are updates from last week: Day 3 by Adam Yates brought to you by those downhill bombin criminals at Landyachtz Woke this morn to the tune of "happy birthday to you". Twas the big poofs birthday and just cause he was in the hospital was no excuse not to call the man. It was an ensemble of youth mixed with the perfect harmony of 10 waking sk8ers. Man we have lovely voices! This good vibe set the mood for the morning and the crew were stoked to hit the road even though the weather wasn't the best. Bodhi had called a bridge jump, white water rafting and a hot river swim. to get it all done we had to bounce by 10am. Motivation was teasing the jedus and we were on the road by 9:40am. After breaki on the road to Rotorua, we sussed out a few of the local hills in the immediate surrounding areas. No good. NZ chip seal bro! Passed a Geothermal Power Plant, and a cloud factory- indeed where clouds come from according to the kiwi?? Bridge jump @ Araiatia Dam on rapids rd. Well the names got the goods, does the spot?
From the bridge, looking up river, a series of rapids and hell lil water features. Looking down, an eddy and a few big brown trout hangin, snapping bugs from the surface. Bodhi got his shit on so I followed suit. Turned out when we walked to the bridge edge, it was covered in barbed wire with the piss ant gap to hang through. Roughly 8 meters, hang in drop. Bodhi stood there and basically just said to me do it! I've done it. jump there. better make it quick? deal with this joint is that every day they release a mondo slab of water that pits the entire river below. not somewhere u wanna be, even if u stoked on getting pitted yo! It was now or never. drop i did. cold yes. i didn't hang around. Craigos was next to drop. Yeah bra! All the time while, Benbro and Gabwagh were rigging up Kellys line to catch the trout. Not to be with all that noise, sorry boys! Next was the Kaituna River and the home of Kaitiaki Adventures and their Team of sickunts that spread stoke up to 4-5 times a day.
This river was a class R5 or what I took in, pretty serious- can do you damage sorta river - pay respects eh! Rolled in and the bus was stoked to get amongst it. Once again Bodhi got it done and hooked the N-Tense D-Centz crew up with the mondo goods. Free!!!! At a quick glance at the board and the cost of sending peeps down per head was 85 kiwi dollar. This adventure fuel stoked kuzzi crew were hookin us up around 1000 bucks of rafting. Hell. Come raft with this mob for sure!!
Come raft with this mob for sure
Ok so after the basic set up it was down the river and the proper respects paid, the traditional prayer," karakia". Basic rundown of the Maori tradition, the river was once used as a burial ground in the early days and to say a prayer…. upon riding and even in each little section, is just respect. It was crazy the amount of respect the locals paid nature! The water was "full" as they called it, basically meaning that the final water fall was to be 5-6 meters. There's hell opportunities for "pitted" status. I was in a raft with Bohdi, Leone, Speedy, Bondi, and the token ozzy, Shazza- aka Ville, the fin. maaaaate! I ended up in the drink before the boats ... thanks Bodhi!
BOOM in, down we go. Top section was mellow and fun but I could feel the volume in the current and I realised that these guys were serious. Cool. Gedus flowing strong the second was sorta the same just a lil more. The power of the water was gaining in each meter we dropped. 1400 metres in total distance and a vertical drop of 62 metres. The third was the next to come. We lined up behind and dropped the 6 meter drop. It was pretty epic eh. The whole session left the crew all buzzed. frothing we threw down a few boxes of beer for the boys and spono'd them with a sticker pack from hell 4 the efforts and hit the road for the arvi to session a full blown 5 star lodge and its supposedly siiik driveway. 20 minutes we rocked up at the lodge. The road wasn't so cool but the crew was keen to turn wheels. I found it more interesting chasing baby pigs with Bondi while Gabe and Marrisa took the liking of havin chickens sit on their shoulders. Farm yard fun done and off to the accommodation for the nyt. Campin by Lake Rotorua in some cozy lil setup and the hell feed of tacos cooked up by Bennbro. I'm stoked to have spent the day in such a positive way.