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Video: 'Extreme mate!' Surfers brave the swells as Cyclone Gita hits West Coast

A couple of keen Kiwi surfers on the West Coast have made the most of massive swells whipped up by Cyclone Gita today, as they braved the elements to catch some waves.

Tim and Dion told 1 NEWS they had seen rougher conditions as they made their way out into the waves at Punakaiki Beach this afternoon.

"The wind is offshore so it's perfect for it, the cyclone adds to it, it's what it's about, extreme mate!" Dion said.

The pair say if the winds pick up too much they would head for the safety of the shore.

Click here for 1 NEWS NOW's live Cyclone Gita updates.

Robbie Clapham says the calm before the storm is the best time to make a big catch. Source: 1 NEWS

Jo Randell says her family is better prepared this time round. Source: 1 NEWS

The strong winds have begun to cause power outages and damage to properties as the cyclone moves in. Source: 1 NEWS

Tim and Dion say if the winds pick up too much they will head for the safety of the shore. Source: 1 NEWS