Cyclone Pam – Chelsea Munro
Cyclone Pam: Auckland Based photographer “Chelsea Munro” made the most of the weather conditions that Cyclone Pam delivered. Here’s her story and photos..
As excitement and anticipation about what Cyclone Pam would bring to the East Coast built, many spent days studying reports, swell maps, weather forecasts and tracking where it would hit.
She finally landed March 16th on the North East of New Zealand creating monster 9fters and a decent swell throughout the East Coast. With the camera charged and a tank full of gas I ventured up North.
Travelling through heavy rain and gusts of wind in the late morning emerged blue skies and massive swells the further north I got, coming into Mangawhai looking over the road to see the bar looking giant even before I got to the beach I knew I was in for something special.
I was one of three on the beach just in awe of the sets coming in, with light onshore winds it wasn’t perfect for surfing although there were some dreamy barrels rolling in with no one out.
I then travelled south to Te Arai and arrived to me being the only car parked up and person in sight greeted by much the same of at least 8ft swells and only the sound of crashing waves that I could hear was pretty airy.
It can be said that the 16th of March won’t be forgotten by many.