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Xanthe Bowater reports from the Techno293 Windsurfing Worlds in Medemblik

With 450 competitors from 26 countries ... the racing has been really good, a bit of every wind condition. Xanthe writes yet another great letter on her experiences, and reflects on what its like to come from a small country with limited resources to compete on a much bigger and better resourced stage. Click through to read it all.

Xanthe Bowater prepares for the Techno293 Windsurfing Worlds in Medemblik

After the Sopot regatta we were loaned two brand new RS:one race boards to train on for 4 days. Unfortunately the wind didn't get up above 5-6 knots so we didn't get to give the gear a real test but we enjoyed them all the same. It was, however, very good for getting my fitness levels up again and testing my ankle gently.

Xanthe Bowater reports from Sopot, Poland

Hi to you all and welcome to the journey. Sorry it has taken me a few days to finally get you up to date with what is happening,but it has been a busy and fairly tiring time. This last month has been a bit of a roller coaster for me having fractured my ankle at hockey, but with great medical support I have healed exceptionally fast with the plaster coming off last Tuesday. Although this was a blow to my training program I have been going to Contours almost everyday and with great physic support from Vanessa and Chealsea I am well on the way to 100%.

Learn to windsurf - beginners and advanced

Tue 10 Jul 2012 - Fri 13 Jul 2012
Lake Pupuke, Auckland

8hrs
Heaps of fun
Gear provided
Wetsuits provided
12-2pm rain, hail or shine
For beginners and those wanting to extend their skills
$185

Speed - starting and stopping, Handling tacking and gybing, Skills upwind and downwind

contact Alan @ Madloop 021 958 812, Brian Haybittle 021 112 9556

see
www.techno.windsurfingnz.org - www.facebook.com/RSXandTechnoNZ - www.madloop.co.nz

Learn to windsurf - beginners and advanced

Tue 3 Jul 2012 - Fri 6 Jul 2012
Lake Pupuke, Auckland

8hrs
Heaps of fun
Gear provided
Wetsuits provided
12-2pm rain, hail or shine
For beginners and those wanting to extend their skills
$185

Speed - starting and stopping, Handling tacking and gybing, Skills upwind and downwind

contact Alan @ Madloop 021 958 812, Brian Haybittle 021 112 9556

see
www.techno.windsurfingnz.org - www.facebook.com/RSXandTechnoNZ - www.madloop.co.nz

Windsurfing 'Have a go'

Sun 27 May 2012
Lake Pupuke, Auckland

Please pass onto all your sailing mates with 10-17 year olds.

Madloop and the Techno Association are hosting 'Have a go at windsurfing' this Sunday, 27th May, 12-2pm. Lake Pupuke. Special rate of $45 for 2 hours (normally one hour). Includes board hire, wetsuit and a coach. Techno Sailors will be there blatting around too.
Contact Alan 021 958 812. Mention "Techno Sailing"

RS:X & Techno team are at the Auckland Hutchwilco Boat Show 17-21st May

Great looking set-up, check out their web site RS:X Techno NZ. They are giving away free lessons so get your friends, especially the ones with kids to call by the stand.
When the going gets tough ... these guys are rising to the challenge and deserve our support - if anyone can think of a way to help them, get in touch.

Barbara Kendall - windsurfing gear wanted to get Cook Islands kids to the Youth Olympics

Barbara is off to the Cooks and they are trying to get their windsurfing school happening with the long term plan of having a windsurfer at the youth Olympics. They are looking for some gear that can be donated.
Check out what you may have available - the list below is Barbara's initial requirements but if you have anything else let her know.

Laurence Carey

Laurence is New Zealand’s 2012 national slalom youth champion. He also came 5th in the Open Men’s division, leaving 25 men in his wake. And he won the youth division of the AWA Auckland freestyle champs in 2011.

We asked Laurence some questions.

How old were you when you began windsurfing? What attracted you to the sport?

Madloop Junior Freestyle Competition 2012

Sat 25 Feb 2012
Lake Pupuke, Auckland

Calling all young guns. Come and join us for some windsurfing fun, helitacks, 360s, sail flips, what can you do?

Spot prizes - expert windsurfing displays, barbecue. $20 entry fee ($30 from 1 Feb) to cover refreshments.

Participants shall be under the age of twenty (20) at the time of competition. Get your form from Madloop Windsurfing School or online.

Board and sail hire available for the day if needed from Madloop : ph 021 958 812.

In Association With Auckland Windsurfing Association and with thanks to Watersports South Pacific & And Distribution (Gaastra/Tabou)

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