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Kiwis take Titles at the Hawaii State Champs 2011

The Hawaii State Champs were held on 30 July 2011. Five kiwis competed, Tim Wood, Lawrence Carey, Dan Thomas, Jim Rogers and Anton Blijlevens. The kiwi team had been based there for quite a few days before with Tim and Lawrence set up camp early enough to be able to compete in the Maui race Series race two weeks prior where Lawrence took out a win in the Junior division.

Laurence Carey from Auckland, New Zealand wins the Maui Race Series junior division

Going into the fourth and final heat, the wins were divided among Carey; Deniz Bicakci; a sophomore-to-be at Kihei Charter School; and Casey Rehrer, an 8th-grader-to-be at Seabury Hall. After a close start, Carey and Bicakci were able to pull away when Rehrer stumbled at the first mark. Carey then held off Bicacki. Carey also took eighth in the semipro division. He won his first junior heat, but had trouble in the next two.
Carey has been busy in his first year of competitive racing. In November, he was seventh in the Auckland Slalom Championship, racing against men. He was also seventh in the International Funboard Class Association World Slalom Championships' 17-and-under division last month in Curacao. Carey is a flanker on his school's rugby team as well.

2011 United States Windsurfing National Championships - 3 kiwi juniors competing

Three New Zealand Juniors are currently competing in the USA Nationals. Tony Mackenzie, Stephen Corkery and Xanthe Bowater are in the junior fleet of 6.
At the midway point of the US Windsurfing Nationals, held on the San Francisco Bay, 39 competitors from the US, Australia, Brazil, England, Finland, Latvia and New Zealand have all had their plates filled with great on the water racing and great hospitality from the organizing committee.

Laurence Carey's account of his trip to the IFCA World Slalom Champs at Curacao, Carribean

Laurence Carey recently won the Under 20 Youth title at the Windsurfing New Zealand national Slalom Competition in Dunedin. He was then invited to compete in the IFCA Slalom World Championships in Curacao. With support from various sponsors and friends he made the trip and despite disappointing conditions at his first international event he returned with a #7 ranking and a plan to go further.

This is his account.

IFCA Worlds on Curacao comes to a close

The wind conditions were far from great, which is unusual on Curacao this time of year. Still, the race directors and competitors managed to sail one elimination round so official World Champions could be crowned. During the week, thousands of spectators came to the Surf Town and even more followed the event online.

Laurence in Curcao - reports from the IFCA World Championships

Curacao:WindGuru+Forecast+Live Video+Time (16 hours behind NZ)
25 April 2011:On the final day the expected 20knots didn't arrive unfortunately, so there was no more racing! I ended up coming 7th which I'm rather happy with. The masters unfortunately couldn't do there final due to a lack of wind so there was six winners! Epic experience, and thankyou all so much for the support, and helping me get here! Next year in turkey I think more kiwis need to go and iv got great news for the worlds in 2 years... But you'll have to wait till I get back. Once again thankyou so much. Holla

Curacao Challenge - IFCA Prokids Junior, Youth and Masters Slalom World Championships 2011

From 19th until the 24th of April 2011 Laurence Carey from New Zealand will be competing on the island of Curacao in the Carribean. Laurence, who is 17, recently won the New Zealand National Youth Slalom title will be representing NZ at the 2011 IFCA Youth Slalom World Championships. Windsurfing is probably New Zealand's most successful sailing sport and he is following in the footsteps of some big names. Laurence is receiving great support and we will be following his adventure with great interest. More

Auckland Windsurfing Assn. Slalom Series - Final Result

Final results after 4 rounds and with 1 discard ... click to view

Severne NZ Windsurfing Slalom Nationals and Oceanic Slalom Championships final results

Dunedin's Gareth Wood held a clear six-point advantage over James Dinnis (Taranaki) and Rowan Law (Perth), to claim the national title, but as Wood was not racing the Formula 42 board, he did not qualify for the Oceania title. That title went to Law, from Paul Vliestra (Dunedin), second, and Terry Beentjes (Christchurch), third.

Severne NZ Windsurfing Slalom nationals and Oceanic Slalom Championships day 3 results

The results for day 3 are unremarkedly similar to day 2 as the wind failed to kick in sufficiently consistently enough to run any races. A fickle NE teased the sailors with everyone rigging big (7m - 8.5m) and their biggest boards. Although a number managed to make it onto the course and climb up to the start line the wind never consistently reached the bottom marks so after several delays and a southerly change which also failed to kick in strongly enough the plug was pulled on the days racing. A competition was held involving heaving the weights that the previous day were used to anchor rigs against the winds, followed by a BBQ. Saturday is the final day for racing, although Sunday is tagged as a backup day if the race committee decide another day is required to get a result. For those interested attached below is a plot of speed and heart-rate for a typical race ...

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