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This months newsletter is crammed with epic content. From Slalom and RSX racing and wave sailing overseas to girls in bikinis you are sure to have an interesting read. Hope you enjoy this months edition.

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Canterbury Champs

You are about to read the best race report ever written. The author Rob Dinkelaar is an absolute legend that has helped me and my brother out heaps both times we ventured down to Christchurch as well as volunteering to run the boats and take photo's. Down in Christchurch I heard a story about Rob which needs to be shared. A few years ago now Rob was sailing in Colac bay, Invercargill. The session was going well but Rob kept staring into the distance at the hazy outline of Stewart Island.

I like to think he thought to himself yolo, then proceeded to sail across Foveaux Strait - one of the most treacherous stretches of water in the country.

As he approached Stewart island he could see solid swells smashing into the cliff's either side of a small harbour entrance. Unfortunately a dropping wind and a fierce outgoing tide conspired against Rob driving him back out to sea. With darkness approaching he took his chances with the cliffs, managing to clamber up as the waves turned his gear into matchsticks on the rocks below. Relieved to be on land, Rob found his way to the local pub, fishing out a soggy $20 note to pay for his pint.

Legend has it just as Rob was about to order his second pint the Bartender said "sorry mate, i'm on call for the coastguard, just got a call out".
To which Rob replied "need a hand mate, i'm already in my wetsuit, who are you looking for anyway?"


 

2016 CANTERBURY CHAMPS REPORT

by Rob Dinkelaar


I think we obtained a successful race meet, but that is a give in, if you get wind of more than 14 knots. We were running in 18 to occasional 20knots. My ups of the race would be the help received, watching the first mark rounding's and marveling how close the racing was,

it was probably best for (Glen Taylor and Jamie McGilveray) “shame on you two cheapskates” not to buy their way into the racing as they were in no way competitive enough to keep up, 

Dan who did buy his way in to find his competitiveness, was dismayed at the speed of the top 4 whom not long ago he would have put to shame, and as one of the fastest guys by GPS on the track packed a sad came in and complained it was turning back into a gear war which I found amazing as

Annie was beating him on his fast Race sails, with only a freeride sail, gear nothing to do with it, you were out of practice you knew it, but decided to slag off rather than admit straight defeat,

as always the youth coming through from the development in the harbor was a joy to watch,
Fenella Bowater showing her sister Xanthe is not the only talent in the Bowater family, and although
tomas O'Neil had a blinder of an event not even Fenella's awesome smiles, could deter tomas from his goal of winning,

I think the only one to hit his chink of armor with any success was Meg causing him to run the line early, whether chasing her tail or not is his story to tell.

Ok now my down side,

it got very chaotic close to race time, and as such was waiting on the course to be finalized before giving the skippers meeting, hence I failed in that respect, inexcusable and I apologize, as I did want to show I could be the man as I always am, was amazed no one complained to me of such, possible due to Pete Davies being in close proximity and my constant brooding, not sure but I am sorry for my failings,
in finale

it just goes to show a half wit is capable of running things, again it was more the help.

I enjoyed it hope you did to..

Rob

Tenerife - TWS Pro Slalom Training

 

Laurence Carey will be taking on the world this year on the professional windsurfing tour where he will be competing at each stop of the tour. Before the tour starts however he has spent some time in Tenerife for the TWS Pro Slalom Training.

“This is where a large chunk of the pros go and train as it has consistent wind every day and you are able to get out on all your gear from 5.6-8.4 so its perfect”

Below is a quick glimpse of some of the hardcore racing which has been going on and also a clip from the black team training in 50+ knots.

“We have had some seriously gnarley conditions, and the chop is more extreme then anywhere I have sailed before. The day of nuclear winds was so much fun but I was certainly on the edge. As we can only register a certain number of sails (6) and boards (3) I have to train on what I will compete on where my smallest board is the Fanatic Falcon 99 and 5.6 North Warp. Yehaaa.”

The level of sailing is extremely high where there are top PWA sailors training every day and they complete 20 races a day four days a week. Every start is filmed and analysed at the end of each week over a few drinks and snacks.

“Racing starts at 11am sharp and usually we finish at around 6pm each day, I would highly recommend the trip for anyone wanting to see where they are at compared to the best in the world or just wanting to push themselves in some very difficult conditions”.

If you would like to know any more information contact Laurence directly or subscribe to his personal bulletin.

Spot of the Month

Tauranga

This is the newest and most exciting segment you will read in the next five (+/-2) minutes. We will be covering the best spots from all around the country so that when you are next in their neighborhood you know exactly where to go! Thanks WNZ you rock.
Fergussion Park
Best direction: NW,West and South West
Sailable: 2-3 hours either side of the high tide. Also sailabe in southerly where it is super flat and ideal for speed, unfortunately we don’t get many southerlies.
Windsurf info: Slalom and bump/jump when it blows hard.
There is a bar that is situated about 200 meters from the park where you can stand and rest or practice your gybes, so if you blow it water starting is not a chore.
From the bar you can keep sailing in a northerly direction towards Rangiwaea Island, this is generally the best part of the run as the water state flattens out and the wind compresses against the island so it gets stronger as you approach it. Great  for jumping if its lumpy or flat out gybes before racing back towards the Park.
Kulim Park
Best direction: Northerly facing - NW to SE
Sailable: 3 hours either side of the high tide
Windsurf info: Pretty even sandy bottom. The main channel is approx. 200 meters from the beach and inside that you can stand touch the bottom standing up except at full high tide where it will be about 1.8m deep over the inside section.
Slalom and bump/jump as it gets very lumpy here on the full tide when its windy
This is the go to spot during our summer months as we get our fair share of N, NE and E winds and the harbour is super warm around 21-23deg.
Speed Creek
Best direction: NW ideal or W
Sailable: It is also used as a speed windsurfing spot at low tide as there is a large bar on the western side that is exposed on the low and creates flat as conditions in the channel. Best sailed on the last hour of outgoing followed by the first hour of incoming.
Sulphur Point
Unlike most other spots in Tauranga, you can launch from the Sulphur Point Yacht Club at low tide. It is a great place to train for course racing because it’s central position gives access to the whole harbour, where plenty of channel markers can be selected to create mock courses in any wind direction. In windy Easterly, Northerly, and Westerly conditions when you are dying to make the most of the wind, but the tide is too low at the Airport, Ferguson Park, and Kulim Park, Sulphur point is a good alternative. The channel directly off The Tauranga Yacht Club gets very tidal, but you can find relief just beyond the big green Channel Marker.
Asher Road

Best driection: N or W
Located in the Welcome Bay Estuary, the address for the launch/ rigging area is the end of Asher Road. The depth at high tide averages at around 1.5m (This may vary in different spots). The Welcome Bay Estuary is suitable for sailing around 2 hours before and after high tide with a fin size of 50 cm and smaller. This location is a unique and safe place to sail when it is windy as it is standing depth in most places.
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For a full list of spots and descriptions of where to go and in what conditions CLICK HERE. A huge thanks to Alex Hart, Daren Nicholas and Max V for supplying this information for the newsletter.

RSX World Championships

Natalia Kosinska


Below is an article from our olympic hopeful Natalia who has recently competed at the World Championships in Eliat. She goes over the event, where it places her moving forward and the ups and downs along the way.

"I just got back from the RSX World Championships that were held in Eilat Israel 22-27Th Feb.

It was a very important regatta for me, if I had finished top 10 I would most likely got selected for Rio Olympic Games. I already qualified a spot for New Zealand however New Zealand selectors need to consider me as a medal potential for me to actually go to the Games.

I got to Eilat on the 12Th of February which gave me enough time to get over jet leg and get used to conditions on the water. The venue is very picturesque, beautiful clear water (Red Sea) surrounded my high mountains. I also liked the conditions: flat water, oscillating winds but also pretty unstable which meant some unpredictable puffs/big gains and losses on the course.

It was great, very close racing never over till the finish line. We mostly had light/moderate winds. I had good start to the regatta – placed 7th after 2 days of racing. On the 3rd day despite having good starts and up winds, twice I made poor judgment on the down winds which cost me 19 places in race number 5 and 7 places in race number 6. In races number 7 I was too early over the start line and got disqualified. To summarize I collected a lot of points on that day – which is not good! That dropped me to 19th. Next two days of racing were again much better but it wasn’t enough to lift me to top 10. I finished 16th.
I’m pleased with how I raced that week. Would be amazing to get top 10 but I knew it’s going to be difficult. It became very challenging to compete against top girls with the current situation in New Zealand. Over the last few years our fleet completely disappeared and there is absolutely no support from Yachting New Zealand. I have one training partner – Finn Croft and I’m very thankful for his help and dedication. We both work pretty much full time and train whenever we can in our spare time. I’ve been fortunate and supported by NZ International Yachting Trust and Infinity Trust with their help I was able to get to the regattas.

I already have heard from the selectors and at the moment they are not convinced I am capable of winning a medal at the Olympic Games. However I have another chance to prove myself and will be trying to compete at the World Cup regatta in Hyeres in the end of April.

Looks like we are going to have top three girls from Brazil, China and Hong Kong (they are being coached by our best windsurfers Bruce Kendall, JP Tobin and Tom Ashley) training in Auckland from the end of the March so that would be amazing opportunity for me to have a good build up for Hyeres."

AWA Slalom Series

The week leading up to third round of the AWA slalom series was rife with speculation. A tropical cyclone was stirring up in the pacific. Solemn faced meteorologist's predicted (with 50% certainty) a direct hit! What would that mean wondered the general public? Death and destruction? a sick session at Orewa? or maybe even the treasured rarity of a surfable wave at Takapuna's hallowed north reef. Just when excitement levels couldn't get any higher a second started painting swirly lines on the isobars.

Two tropical cyclones! The meteorologists could scarcely keep the solemness on their faces,

Tiny smiles betrayed the utter internal ecstasy of discussing something other than the possibility of light drizzle in the afternoon. Windguru and Swellmap joined the party lighting up with a range of bright color's and outlandish swell height predictions. The Auckland windsurf community held its collective breath... Then Stephen Westwood posted about it on Facebook.

So naturally the weekend rolled in with light 12-18 knot easterlies. Dreams of dropping into a quality reef break mere meters from somewhere you can get a quality coffee were iced and racing called on. A hardy crew abandoned their better half's on Valentines day and assembled on Eastern Beach. Harry Reed took on the role of race officer, set the course and sent everyone out there in a building breeze. The first race was very light with competitors only planing 25% of the time. Despite this Harry manged to take an epic win on by far the smallest gear in the entire fleet. By the time we were back up to the boat the wind had filled in nicely. Jack Holliday managed to take the next few races, mostly by using a blatant disregard of the rules to take Dan Thomas (already at a big disadvantage on a small board) out and get a good start. Harry Reed and Tim Wood were having some great battles with photo finishes in most races. Angus Butterfeild and Dave Law also seemed to be evenly matching fighting out some great battles. Anton had blistering speed but lacked the wind to get 110kg out of the corners quickly, also hindered by the fact he managed to overpower his harness bar! 

NZL Z1 was mixing it up telling me his tactic of trying not to hit anyone failed when he snuck inside Dan at one mark so close he could read the serial number on his sail!
In the silver fleet, national champion and recent conqueror of Dunedin,

Bernie Carey informed me he was graciously letting the flying Frenchman win every race.

Just an example of the fine sportsmanship displayed by the silver fleet. Although it wasn't all peace and love, three OCS's in the 5th race shows how hard everyone was pushing. Good to see resident junior Jordan Mercer mixing it up also.

Just a word of warning to the other competitors, Jordan has won every paddle-board race since buying a race board and he is planning on buying a full blown slalom board...

Although he did write off his car by parking in Lake Pupuke so don't believe everything he says.

After lunch we squeezed two more races in, Jack cheated in the first one by not going over the finish line properly and was disqualified. The wind died for the final race, and Tim Wood pumped his way to victory followed closely by NZL Z1 who nailed his goal of getting top three in a race.

Massive thanks to everyone who helped on the day. Harry for running the show, Desmo and Durham on the boat and Sue on the finish line!

New Sail Numbers

At the 2016 AGM in Christchurch it was decided to have a simpler and more manageable sail number process. 

The new guidelines are shown below (note that all sail numbers, current owners and status can be viewed on windsurfingnz.org)

Allocation of numbers
  • As a member of Windsurfing New Zealand (WNZ) or a club affiliated to WNZ you have an automatic right to a sail number at no extra charge.
  • Some numbers will be available with conditions, all other unallocated numbers will be available to any valid member on application.
  • Numbers above 40 can be gifted from one member to another.
  • Numbers 40 and below will be managed by WNZ. They may be assigned under special circumstances, or sold/auctioned to raise funds for other activities. 
  • Some blocks of numbers are pre-allocated to specific classes (150-220) are reserved for Techno/RS:X but sailors in those classes may choose other numbers if they wish.
  • Some numbers are reserved for Life and Honorary members, these will not expire but can be released, transferred or gifted with the current owners and WNZ agreement.
  • In the case of new members or renewals outside the cycle described below please request your club membership officer to contact WNZ with details, including the sail number requested/renewed.
  • The minimum information required to manage sail numbers is the name, email address and club affiliation of each sailor. This information will only be used by WNZ to communicate directly with members, or with clubs, in relation to sail number management. It will not be supplied to any third parties except WNZ (ratified) event organisers for the sole purpose of managing entry into that event (email will not be included in this case). Affiliated clubs will need to ask their members for permission to supply this information to WNZ.

Expiry of numbers
  • A reminder will sent (via email) to all sail number holders in July/August to renew their membership and retain their number. Clubs will also be notified, and asked to supply lists of current members.
  • 30 days all non-renewed members numbers will be marked expired, and the owners notified (via email). Clubs will also be notified.
  • After an additional 30 days these will be marked as available, and can be requested by valid members.
  • Lifetime and Honorary member numbers do not expire. 
  • A list of current members/numbers will be supplied to clubs and event organisers on request. 

Windsurfing New Zealand reserves the right to change or vary these guidelines at any time.

Currently affiliated organisations.
  • Windsurfing New Zealand (join directly)
  • Auckland Windsurfing Association
  • Manly Windsurf Club
  • Taranaki Windsurf Club
  • Wellington Windsurfing Association
  • Canterbury Windsports Association
  • Dunedin Windsports Association
  • Southern Lakes Windsports Club
  • RS:X Class Association
  • Techno Class Association

Enquiries: secretary@windsurfingnz.org
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Girls and bikinis

2016 AGM

The 2016 AGM was a great success with 23 people attending. CLICK HERE for the minutes and CLICK HERE for the financials

The Wisdom of Roscoe

Roscoe just joined Facebook, is this just a gateway social media drug that going to wind up in a full blown addiction to Tinder? The WNZ crew will keep you posted.

Flying RS:X for 2024?

Foiling is taking over the sailing world, and if Neilpryde have their way athletes will be foiling around at the 2024 Olympics! Does it make you wanna get out there and get your pump on in 3 knots of breeze?

Newsletter information and stories

We love receiving stories and information about what you have been doing and also the great events you are organising around the country. If you have any news please send it through before the 30th of each month to ensure we can add it correctly to the newsletter.
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Canterbury Youth Windsurf Program

By The Bowaters

As I am sure you are all aware, the Bowater's are one of the most passionate windsurf families in the country. With the never stopping Andrea and forever giving Gregor aka. 'King of the southern seas', they put their heart and sole into the sport and its great to see so much progress. I can hapily say I have seen the youth program grow in Christchurch and it has been awesome being apart of the yearly camps. Enough from me and over to 'The Bowaters'.

In Christchurch, the windsurfing program that started from a handful of kids has been growing over many years teaching and training junior windsurfers. Now we would like to welcome a new coach to the scene! Steph Corkery is a university student studying in Canterbury and has done many years in the Techno and RS:X fleet in Auckland, competing internationally in the classes too.We are very pleased to welcome her to our midst, she is a very talented sailor and will have a lot of knowledge to pass on to the next generation on board sailors.  She will be taking over from Sam Davie as he moves abroad to study to become a Ski instructor. We wish him well on his endeavors and will miss him hugely!

Now in Lyttelton we have three coaching groups running on a Saturday morning, with over 20 kids on the roll. Greg Bowater is our fantastic Learn To Windsurf Instructor and has just started with brand new bunch of kids for their 8 week programme. Last years learners join Sam’s and now Steph’s group which focuses on building key foundation skills and starting to go fast and have fun! Fenella is coaching the race group, in which they are learning racing skills and becoming developed sailors in all aspects of windsurfing.

It was great to see some of them participating in the Canterbury Slalom Champs and seeing their skills progress rapidly over the summer. We would like to extend a huge Thank You to everyone who came down and sailed with us over the summer, it is an invaluable experience to sail with bigger fleets and it’s always fun getting to know everyone around the country!

New Products

2016 GA Phantom


High performance freerace sail. Recommended for all levels interested in full-on race speed performance. Simplified double cam design is easy to rig and keeps the sail’s skeleton strong providing the best performance and easy rotation, combined with top end speed and stability. Super light in the hands, the choice for many racers of all levels.

Price start - $1169

ERD Slalom Fin Fastlane

  • E.R.D. fins are the result of 8 world slalom titles, a wealth of experience and knowledge as professional athletes combined with excellent craftsmanship. Antoine Albeau and Cedric boards are the brains behind these fins.
  • The FASTLANE is a powerful fin with good upwind skills, good for long session or long distance sailing.
  • Every fin is made to order, 100% carbon handmade
Price start - $559

Surf and SUP News

Waterman League barely treading water! 

For those of you unsure of what a Waterman League is, its basically SUP's version of the PWA - a business trying to organize a professional SUP racing and surfing global tour. And what a way to try turn a dollar! First you gotta pay, pay for permits, pay for infrastructure, pay for judges, pay prize money to the athletes, pay for marketing, pay for cameras, pay, pay, pay. The product your left with is grainy/ clear footage (how much did you pay for camera's?) of two surfers bobbing around between sets or 1000 manics stirring vigorously at the water for remarkably slow progress in a bizarre version of a race. Who do you sell that to, with the vague notion of exposure at your lips? 

Anyway The Waterman League finds itself in a financial position so precarious it can't afford to pay its athlete's! Christopher Parker from supracer.com lays it all out for you:

 – Athletes are still owed a combined ~$70,000 from last year.

– There was no prize money for the Sunset Beach Pro in Hawaii last week.

– Waterman League founder/CEO Tristan Boxford addressed athletes at Sunset and admitted there was essentially no money left in the bank, but that he was working hard to raise a big round of financing.

– There was a mix of ‘Groundhog Day’ frustration and optimistic hope among the athletes; everyone agreed to go ahead with the Sunset contest (the surf was pumping after all).

– Looking further back: In September 2015, the Waterman League began trying to raise capital through a group of Canadian investors. This is why they initially promised all prize money would be repaid by the end of October 2015, and that all 2016 events would have a $50,000 purse. But they jumped the gun: The Canadian deal fell over before the end of the year.

– When it became clear the Canadian deal was faltering, the Waterman League began seeking a new deal, striking up a relationship with Los Angeles-based sports investment firm Park Lane. This potential new deal sounds promising but is in no way guaranteed.

– The 2016 Stand Up World Series schedule (which has still yet to be officially released) is in total limbo, and I know of at least four of the seven proposed racing events (San Fran, Japan, Barcelona, Hamburg, Canada, Huntington, Turtle Bay) that are at risk of not happening.

Apparently if the Waterman League goes under it wont make much difference to the SUP race scene - not many of the big dogs follow the Waterman League and the biggest race events around the are stand alone events. However there will be nowhere to turn for the SUP surfers giving them two options - pick up a 14 footer or try and earn a crust as a freesurfer.

Here's a Question for You!

Look at the image of pro surfer (Link!) Anastasia Ashley, and start imagining (of all things) what her boyfriend looks like. Store that mental image in your head and scroll down and see how close you are to reality. 

Real men do it sitting down.

And here's the answer!

Is that what you where picturing? No? Where's the muscles, the tan etc. All irrelevant questions. If you look closely at the gentleman's face you will notice a beard. Irrefutable proof that guys (like Jack) who can easily grow a beard are far superior to the ladies than guys (like Laurence) that can't. 

Kitesurfing

What happened to the PKRA???

A lot has been going on in the PKRA where this year a lot of kiter's have decided to not compete on the Pro Kite Tour. Here is a look at what has been going on. Check out some of the online forums including Seabreeze for more information. Here are sme bullet points from Seabreeze.
  • Virgin never took over PKRA, Virgin simply put their name on the tour, they invested no resources or money into it. Giving what's happened so far I doubt Virgin will be fronting it next year (I could be wrong though).
  • The PKRA tour was bought and run by Javier Perez (Majority stakeholder in Best Kiteboarding).
  • IKA tried to work with VKWC to arrange world championship status and set guidelines and rules for a fair competition, keeping the best interests of riders in mind. VKWC made little attempt to work with IKA thus their Championship status was revoked (Germany didn't actually count towards world championship rankings in IKAs eyes).
  • VKWC didn't appear to make friends with a lot of organisers, thus some of them decided not to hold events again whilst others I assume couldn't hold events due to the fact VKWC no longer held Championship status. (That's usually a big part of why events can get funding from councils or National bodies).
  • VKWC still hasn't paid all the prize money to riders for the last 2 events, they also haven't paid some staff (to the best of my knowledge).
  • IKA plans to run the Championships next year at a few different locations, I'm not sure where exactly.
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WNZ Calendar

 

 

March

Formula Nationals (12-13th)
 

April

AWA Slalom Series (2nd or 3rd)
AWA Slalom Series (16th or 17th)
AWA Slalom Series (30th or 1st May) 

 

International Calendar

 

May

PWA Podersdor, Austria (4-8th) - Wave
PWA Ulsan, Korea (12-17th) - Slalom
AWT Morocco (10-17th) - Wave


June

PWA Bodrum, Turkey (Girls only) (1-5th) - slalom
IFCA World Championships (6-11th) - Slalom
AWT Pistol River (8- Wave
PWA Costa Brava, Spain (7-12th) - Slalom
Bluesmiths Maui Race Series (18th) - Slalom
Dakine Maui Race Series (25th) - Slalom


July

PWA Pozo, Gran Canaria (3-9th) - Wave
Meanline Fins Maui Race Series (23rd) - Slalom
Neil Pryde Maui Race Series (30th)- Slalom


September

PWA Hvide Sande, Denmark (4-9th) - Slalom
PWA Klitmoller, Denmark (19-25th) - Wave
PWA Sylt, Germany (30-Oct9th) - Wave, Freestyle, Slalom


October

PWA La Torche, France (19-30th) - Wave, Slalom
PWA NoveNove Maui Aloha Classic (31st-Nov 13) - Wave


TBC

PWA Feuteventura
PWA Tenerife
PWA Alacati

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