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Our final paddle had me once again amazed at the variability of this place. We have had fast steep downwind, cruising rolling downwind and oily smooth oceans, but today we are heading west along the north shore and back down the top of the west coast. Confusing I know but Rarotonga is essentially a giant round rock in the middle of the ocean. Paddling can be tailored to your capabilities or even your enthusiasm on any given day when you let Josh know what your after. More wind or less wind are only a 15min drive in a different direction...

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The South Coast of Raratonga is not a trip that Josh does often with his clientele. It's as stunning as it is rugged and with limited safe entry and exit points in the reef i can see why.  On a strong run out tide we were escorted by one of the local turtles which just added a little more excitement to going out through the Avaavaroa Passage. It gives you a great perspective on the job a coral reef actually does in protecting the lagoons from the relentless ocean swells.  Once clear we turned right and headed towards our destination...

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When your on to a good thing-stick to it! The Avana run was such good fun on the double, I organised anther dose of Pacific Magic the next morning.  The wind has been consistently around 15-20knots all day, every day.  One major advantage is you don't have to wait for your afternoon downwind like we do at home. A quick bite for breaky and your away and free for afternoon cocktails or a feast of Ika Mata.  This traditional Cook Islands dish is sensational and they know how to get  it right. It's a raw fish dish marinated in citrus...

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The Avana Passage is a small break in the reef that is located at the entrance to the magnificent Muri Lagoon.  Its ideally located as a safe exit into the brilliant blue waters of the Pacific.  Anyone who has paddled in Hawaii, Mauritius or any small rock in the middle of a very deep ocean will know the blue I'm talking about. It's not something easily described. The passage is a nice 10k from the harbour and the kicker is it's at the perfect location to line up with the prevailing SE wind that blows virtually every day in this...

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Surfski Cook Islands -

What is paradise? A great golf course? How about brilliant dining or weather? It's  a subjective issue I know, but for us paddlers out there, paradise is warm waters and great downwind conditions, along with easy access to both gear and the ocean.  Local knowedge is priceless in these joints. Surrounded by reefs, currents, and the nearest beach being several thousand kilometres away in South America, it's important to hook up with a local who knows his way around.  Enter Josh. Surfski Cook Islands... Josh, I have learnt after only one paddle with him, has his stuff in order. Originally...

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