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Body Of Work - Board transfer
Le-Defi Windsurf
Kiteboarding Joins 2018 Youth Olympics
SUP Girls
Surfing revolution
Surf Sri Lanka
Jason Polakow and friends at Jaws
Technical Talk - Are the Rumours true?
SUP News
WSL Tour - Rise of Ricardo Christie
Jacks Gossip Sessions
Fins! Lets make it simple...
AWA Race Series
WNZ Calendar

Body of Work - Board Transfer

Jamie O'brien is one of the worlds most unpredictable and flat out surfers in the world. Follow him to keep up to date with his crazy{ness} movements. Below is an awesome video where he surfs 'The Wedge' and does a gnarley board transfer.
"Jamie has the acceleration of a ferrari when catching the wave... where he experience's 4G's, increasing his bodyweight roughly  from 90kg to 362kg at the bottom of his turn" 

It's not very often you get up to 40mph and casually do a board transfer on one of the most powerful waves in the world. Jamie has also been pulling some epic SUP moves where he has recently SUP'd with seven people on one board. Checkout his Facebook page for more information.

Anyways watch this video, it is one of the coolest surfing videos I have seen in years!

Le-Defi Windsurf

This year saw 1,200 competitors register for Le-Defi, where legends of the sport took part including Bjorn Dunkerbeck (Severne, Starboard) and Jason Polakow (NP, JP). There were no clashes with PWA events which allowed the majority of PWA sailors to take part in the event including both wave, freestyle and slalom. The conditions were gnarley proving to be some of the hardest racing most sailors would ever be apart of.

On the opening day only 377 competitors even dared tackle the course, where top wave sailor Philip Koster didn't dare battle the conditions on his 5.6 Severne reflex. This decision was followed by Anders Bringdal and Pascal Toselli who decided to relax on the beach.

Day 1 - Pierre finishes on top

With some hardcore conditions, swells were unpredictable with huge gusts to make life even more challenging. The opening race was led by Antoine Questel who had a comfortable lead on Pierre Mortefon and Diony Guadagnino. However Questel had a fatal crash which allowed Pierre to overtake and take the first round. 

Enthusiastic slalom sailor Isaac De'Vries from Australia managed to make it for the event but struggled as he only had a 5.6 Reflex compared to the champion Pierre who chose to use his 5.2 Warp.

Day 2- Mortefon takes another

Mortefon appeared to be untouchable where he managed to take another controlling performance. Numbers were slowly increasing where now 687 competitors faced the Tramontana storm. Mortefon seemed to be the most comfortable sailor on the water.

Day 3 - World champion returns

Gusts of 60knots faced challenged racers where day three now had 833 competitors ready to battle the Tramontana storm. With many more pro's now deciding to race it made results a lot closser where all competitors would have to fight untill the finsh to hld their positions. Antoine Albeau was the man to watch, where he showed his dominance leading from the first leg where he was caught on his GPS reaching over 37knots. Pierre was close to follow but couldnt catch the current world champion.

Pierre 'the unstoppable' Mortefon

On the final day Mortefon was again unstoppable proving that he is someone who will be battling for the world title this year. After finishing third last year, he has certainly proved a point finishing second in Korea and winning Le-Defi. Albeau decided to pull out of the final days racing where he abandoned the race saying it was the

"First time I have ever signed out abandoned." - Albeau

A huge congratulations to Mortefon for taking out Le-Defi.

Kiteboarding Joins 2018 Youth Olympics

Kiteboarding has been accepted into the 2018 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Buenos Aires. This was confirmed after the ISAF Executive Committee meeting. The IOC Executive Board will confirm the final list of events for all sports of the 2018 Youth Olympic Games where it is still not confirmed if the Bic Techno 293 will be involved. 

This is a huge step forward for kiteboarding as they were accepted and then taken out of the Olympics. This milestone is another step towards kiteboarding moving toward being an Olympic sport. ISAF is continuing to bid for kiteboarding to be included in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. The Youth olympics will now act as a platform to demonstrate the formats and equipment which could be included in Tokyo.

Mirco Babini, President of the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) said:

"This is an important development in our Olympic journey and we are excited that young kiteboarders will be given the first opportunity to showcase their talent at the 2018 Youth Olympics. Young athletes now have a serious goal to strive for. This is going to be a terrific event for both competitors and spectators alike."
The 2018 Youth Olympics will will be the playground for the best 12 male and  female competitors in the world aged between 15 and 18 (D.O.B between 01/01/2000 and 31/12/2003).

The Olympic committee is focusing on universality where they see foil boarding as an unrealistic target for many nations. The main attraction for kiteboading is how easily it can be transported and that needs to be maintained according to Markus Schwendtner (CEO of IKA).

"Formula Kite provides a stable equipment platform across the world. Even in the lightest wind conditions, we can showcase high performance sailing and display the sport at its best. Twin Tip Racing remains our grassroots racing equipment, and we continue to race hydrofoils experimentally without equipment limitations"

2019 Beach games - Windsurfing & kiteboarding

ISAF has also confirmed that kiteboarding will be included in the 2019 World Beach Games alongside surfing and windsurfing. The World beach games is an open age event allowing for a spectacular presentation of racing so watch this space surfer, windsurfer and kiters!

"The World Beach Games are said to become the third biggest sporting event in the world after the Olympic Games and the FIFA Soccer World Cup"IKA 

SUP Girls...

A day in the life of 15 year old Izzi Gomez

Surfing revolution...

Kiwi surfboard manufacturer Kinaroad is aiming to make surfing more accessible with the development of a robotic machine that can build a surfboard in less than a week. Surfboards traditionally take up to six weeks to build but the Kinaroad machine aims to build and laminate the board within five days.

The design software and robotic building technology allows for low-cost and consistent manufacture, according to company chief executive Scott Fenton, and has been in research and development since 2010.

"Most of the surfboards that are made in New Zealand are made in small workshops by designers that are finding it more and more difficult to compete against big brands made mostly in Asia" - Scott Fenton

Kinaroad founder Paul Winton said the manufacturing process would help increase the profitability of board building, as well as improve wait times.The manufacturing operation has been modelled so it can be packed into four containers, allowing it to be easily shipped worldwide.

The company is looking to raise capital to help scale business growth.

NZ Herald

Surf Sri Lanka

Casual or dedicated surfers have you heard about how amazing surf is in Sri Lanka? The surf is insane with awesome breaks all around the coast, and what makes it even better is there is no one dropping in on your perfect wave.

Sri Lanka is still an untouched surfer's paradise where it's not your usual pre-package surf trip. It builds an entire experience, where you cant help but feel connected with the country and its beauty. 
SRI LANKA #8.6: Surfing 'Whiskye Point' (Surf spot Arugam Bay, East Coast)
With awesome waves and an amazing landscape it is nothing like any trip you would have ever been on before. There are a variety of surf, windsurf and kite schools which provide some of the latest gear.

Are you Interested??

Well get in contact with the Sri Lanka specialists Taprobane Travel & Tourism. They will plan your trip, making sure you reach some of the great destinations whilst enjoying everything else Sri Lanka has to offer. They offer great advice on all kinds of trips where you can start the day riding elephants and finish the day with a surf. 

Flights are cheap at the moment where you can get return tickets for as low as $1,300! If you are thinking of organising a trip with friends then feel free to contact myself or Taprobane travel.

Jason Polakow and friends at Jaws.

Technical Talk

Are the rumors true?

Well it looks to be true. Rumors have been going around saying that the majority of sailors have been using North Sails Boom's and re-griping them. Well Andrea Rosati was caught in the action at a recent PWA event in Korea. 

Booms today are generally quite good, especially the new carbon booms where brand variations are being limited drastically. GA Sails team rider Ben Van-Der Steen told me
"the GA booms have the exact same bend curve as the North booms now however use an inside sleeve due to patents. You can however buy a north back end and it fits perfectly"

Severne sails have been working on their booms also where they now have started to perfect their boom clamps. This has led to great steps forward in less masts being crushed by front ends and also slipping at those crucial times!
Steamline Booms are making their mark on the windsurfing scene again. They have fixed their annoying rubber feature in the clamp making it much easier and quicker to rig. This has been developed with the help of Josh Angulo.

Finally X-Booms have created an interesting new feature where they have a cork outer layer. Picture below highlight the eliptical shape and also the interesting adjustment system

SUP News

Kiwis take copper medal at SUP world champs.

New Zealand took a four medal haul including a silver in the relay on the final day to finish fourth behind powerhouses USA, Australia and Hawaii at the SUP world champs in Mexico. Prone paddlers Cory Taylor and Jasmine Smith took NZs first medals with bronze and copper medals respectively.

The best SUP performer was Penelope Strickland taking a bronze in the women's technical race and a fifth in the simple? race. Combined with a 3rd at last years famous Maui to Olukai race she is emerging as a world class SUP paddler. Speaking of emerging, 15 year old Ollie Houghton finished 17th in the men's technical race just behind top Kiwi Armie Armstrong in 14th as well as bring NZ home for the silver in the relay race. Definitely one to watch for the future.

Unfortunately JP Tobin and some other members of the team were struck down by some dodgy burritos so our full potential was not quite realized. Hopefully the team can get the funding to go again next year and crack the podium.

SUP Surf

Daniel Kereopa (Raglan) – 6th
Shayne Baxter (Christchurch) – 25th
Alexis Poulter (Waihi Beach) – 9th

SUP Distance

Armie Armstrong (Raglan) – 18th
JP Tobin (Auckland) – 23rd
Cory Taylor (Gisborne / Gold Coast) – 3rd
Sam Shergold (Mount Maunganui) – 4th
Penelope Strickland (Auckland) – 5th
Katrina Madill (Auckland) – 5th


SUP Technical

Ollie Houghton (Auckland) – 17th
Armie Armstrong (Raglan) – 18th
Penelope Strickland (Auckland) – 3rd
Sam Shergold (Mt Maunganui) –  4th
Cory Taylor (Gisborne/Gold Coast) – 3rd
Jasmine Smith (Gisborne) – 4th


WSL Tour

The rise of Ricardo Christie

2015 Oi Rio Pro: R3, H6 Recap
CHUR! The lone New Zealander on tour Ricardo Christie once again proved to be a giant killer as the tour moved onto the beach-breaks of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. His quarter finals finish equals the best ever result by a kiwi on the world tour.

Christie reveled in the tricky conditions, finding a nice right hand barrel in the final  minuets of his second round heat to narrowly take down the big South African Jordy Smith. His next assignment was a big one. Not many were backing Ricardo up against Adriano de Souza, the tenacious ratings leader and fan favorite. However he silenced the rabid fans with another deep right hand barrel right out of the gates netting an 8.4, putting Adriano straight on the back foot. De Souza put a big fight nailing a few big air reverses, but Ricardo kept pace showing off his own aerial prowess to lock down some solid backup scores. In the end he emerged Rictorious walking up the beach to a frosty reception from the Brazilian fans.

Ricardo's run was halted by eventual event winner Filipe Toledo, who has looked absolutely unstoppable in smaller waves, I wouldn't be surprised to see him be crowned world champion depending on the forecasts for the remaining events.

Jacks Gossip sessions

5 Minuets with... Angus Butterfeild

Nickname: Butters

Age: 21
Height: 5'10
Weight: 70kg
Discipline: Slalom
Sponsors: Exocet, NZ Sailing
Local Beach: Manly, Shakespeare

Angus, thanks for agreeing to this, lets start at the beginning, when did you start windsurfing and who got you involved?

I started in 2011 with Paul Toghill at Flying Forwards windsurf school. I already had a background in laser sailing which i did with manly sailing club but felt i needed a change to something more exciting and challenging as well as a younger age group involved in the sport.

Paul taught me too, such a stoked guy! I have seen you out in the waves, racing slalom and formula what has emerged as your favorite discipline?

Waving sailing has always been a discipline I have admired but never really given it a shot  so looking forward to the Tarranaki Wave Classic. In the past 6 month i have mainly been sailing slalom gear and joining in on the start practice run by Georgia which has been really useful training.

You'll love it down in Taranaki! Speaking of admiring, which NZ windsurfer do you look up to the most?

Every time I go windsurfing I try to learn something new or pick up a bit of information from listing to others idea's or experiences. Since Tim Wood and I always sail together he has been really useful with his years of sailing slalom and formula to pass on his knowledge to others.

Did you consider picking me at any point?

Rosko for best technical knowledge.

"You [Jack Holliday] for best allround sailor". (ed. Note no mention of Laurence Carey)

Hahaha legend, whats your favourite rosco quote?

Haha every time we talk he mentions "Boggy" when taking in detail about board design.

Don't have a clue what he is talking about.
I'll have to interview him next week, I heard a rumor that you know the best bed and breakfast in Christchurch, is that true?

True but it didn't come cheap.

Nicely played ;) how big is your extension?

Just your average 32cm but with one skinny and the other fat.

I'm guessing you took the fat one to Christchurch! Sorry for my terrible interviewing questions haha (I didn't even make that one up) back to windsurfing, what places/ events are on your bucket list?

Really looking forward  to 3 weeks on Maui coming up in July which will be my first experience there. Apart from Maui I plan to get to all of the North Island slalom and formula events as well as the Slalom nationals early next year in Christchurch.

Thanks so much Angus see you out on the water soon!

Fins! Lets make it simple...

Fin Construction versus Stiffness and Flex Explained!

Are fins just going round in circles with trends like fashion? Well its hard to say, but fins today are doing things they could never do in the past. From freestyle to speed, riders are completing new epic{ness} like never before. Check out Tatty Frans (GA/Starboard) or Armado Vrieswijk (NP/JP) to just see some of the crazy freestyle action and Brawzinho (Goya) in the waves!
Although it’s not a new concept, it is worth mentioning the development in plastic moulded fins from K4 fins. These are designed by Steve Thorp (Hotsails Maui) where he is not only a killer wavesailor but a member of the elusive 50-knot club. 
There are two arguments for wave fins where some argue you need flex while others believe you need maximum power and stiffness. G10 is the main port to call when it comes to the majority of wave sailors as they desire drive out of the bottom turn and power for spectacular top turns. This is why the majority of fin companies still use G10 for their wave fins including MFC and Black Project fins. Unlike surfboards, windsurfers have an extra element of power (the rig) that places enormous levels of stress on the fins. It is unclear whether moulded fins deal with this aditional stress but you might need to head to your local shop and try theirs out. Moulded fins appear deal with this power very well. By working with the chemistry of the plastics, the fins can be tuned to provide different flex patterns and stiffness characteristics for waveriding that harness the energy.
"All that 'stored' energy from flex is given back to you in a squirt of acceleration when you need it most. Super cool!" - Stephen Westwood
"The flex allows me to go more vertical and hit later lips. Instead of getting stuck in the curl, I can push on top of it and get more projection. Super cool!" - Graham Ezzy.

"I prefer dedicated G10 wave fins like Black Project for wave sailing, they feel more predictable and give you more drive. Super cool!" - Jack Holliday

Carbon versus G10 Fins

In order to get the most out of your board it is important to get a good fin which ensures maximum control and speed. However there is still no fin which is perfect. Carbon fins are the way of the future for racing as flex is able to be controlled ensuring it acts in a way the designer wishes.
"They are much more forgiving and easier to use than G10; it feels like they do a lot of the work for you." - Tim Woods

Carbon fins are a lot more complex to build where each layer of carbon effects the twist. This therefore allows for a lot more variations and feelings, making it important to buy from a well respected brand if you are paying top dollar. This is where G10 is useful. G10 is very well understood and has been used for years. Because of this, fin designers know how it acts under tension and can ensure consistent results for sailors. For the majority of sailors, G10 is the easiest and cheapest option. However, there are still huge variations in quality and designs between brands.
Boards and sails are forever evolving where each year developments are made in weight, shape and construction. Fins therefore also need to adapt, evolving with the rest of the gear and riding styles.

"But a good fin should work in every board?"

It is fair to say that a good fin will "work" in any board... however, it may not get the most out of your new prized possession. Every sailor has a slightly different style e.g. some sailors like to have the board nose down and driving hard like Bjorn Dunkerbeck (Severne/Starboard) whereas others like Peter Slate and Pierre Mortefon (North/Fanatic) like a lively and active board where it feels like the only thing in the water is the fin. It is therefore up to the fin designers to understand not only what the fin is doing but how the changes in boards effect the fin!

Just to confuse you even more, plastic molded fins have performed well also where at West Kirby speed course in the UK, Steve Thorpe reached an impressive 42 knots (77km/h) on a plastic molded SUP weed race fin. That must be a record for a plastic fin, and it wasn’t optimised for speedsailing by any means, it’s a SUP weed race fin!

But what about race fins?

Racing involves complex turns and sudden changes in direction when you last expect it whilst ensuring maximum speed. In order to get the most out of your race board you need to have power all the time to ensure you are always going full speed.

Carbon fins are the future for slalom as they can maintain flex regardless of lulls and gusts however, it is important to check they are a well respected brand before jumping in and spending up large. G10 is the safest freeride and race fin option but it’s a good idea to ask someone with a bit of experience what fins you should look at buying. Every brand has different styles and standards so don't hesitate to check reviews and ask your local sailors for opinions. And yes there is different G10 qualities just like carbon... 

The Re-invention of multi-fins

In terms of wave fins, the type of fin comes down to what kind of conditions you wavesail in and the type of feeling and turns you are looking for. Not only does shape make a huge difference, but the material you choose also makes a big difference. G10 is the most powerful option, however plastic molded fins provide a softer feeling for a sensation more like surfing.


"Kauli Seadi pioneered the latest evolution multi-fin wave boards that’s allowed progressive wave sailors to move away from the predictable old-school top-to-bottom approach to down-the-line riding. Modern wave riding is closer to surfing with an in-the-pocket style driven by looser turns, much tighter cut backs and the new-school style aerials and rotations off the lip." - Stephen Westwood

Windsurfing gear is forever changing and developing so to get the most out of your gear the easiest and cheapest thing to change is your fin!

Thanks Stephen Westwood (K4 fins) & Tim Woods (GA/ Tabou) for the reports which helped make this article.

AWA Race Series

The AWA held the second round of the Auckland Slalom series at Bayswater on the weekend. The conditions were a bit hormonal with screaming gust tearing at your arms followed by agonizing periods of silence. This made for excellent viewing as the race course was littered with sailors who had fallen foul of a murderous change of heart by lady wind and been banished into the waters icy embrace. By days end the casualty list made for sobering reading; secret service agent Mikhail Pozhidaev, man of steel Chris Bolt and bare knuckle British brawler Tim Wood lay wounded. They had their feet stomped on in their dance with danger, but the hollow look in their eyes spoke of men who knew they were lucky to emerge alive.

"[They] knew they were lucky to emerge alive" - Massive exaggeration of the actual conditions

Amongst this frothing maelstrom of terror and hopelessness one man reigned supreme. A man known as Dan. Seemingly oblivious to natures attempts to humble him, he cruised to emphatic victories in all but one race all the while looking as uncomfortable as a domestic cat curled up by the fire. All the other racers could do was bask in his magnificence.

"All the other racers could do is bask in his magnificence" - Talking about Dan Thomas, father of many kids, winner of many races. 


After six hard fought battles the sailors dragged themselves and what was left of their gear up the boat ramp and into the warm embrace of a cold beer. A moment of reflection was held for Anton, who's tireless work on the start boat resulted into one of his sons turning into a horse. Respects too have to be paid to score keepers/ body counters Jim and Sue and everyone else who made the event happen.

WNZ Calendar


AWA Race Series Event 8 - June 6 or 7th
AWA Prize Giving - June TBC


Kiwi's go to Maui - Slalom/freeride mostly


Maui wave season starts - Surf, Sup & wave sailing paradise

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