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Nelson - Kiteboarder dies in high winds

A 35-year-old Tahunanui man has died in while kite boarding in strong winds north of Nelson. The accident happened at about 3.30pm at Wakapuaka on farm land off State Highway 6. Police said an extreme wind gust of wind lifted the man high off the ground and blew him into some trees. "He then came into contact with trees and the ground before coming to rest some distance away in farm land," Sergeant Shane Miles said.
http://www.stuff.co.nz/nelson-mail/news/4493832/Kiteboarder-dies-in-high...

Local windsurfing contacts wanted for summer media commentaries

LAST CALL - Radio stations often have a spot where they chat to someone about the conditions for surfing etc. each day, just a couple of minutes usually, maybe only once or twice a week. It would be great if we could get a list of contacts who would be prepared to comment on the local conditions for windsurfing on an occasional basis and maybe add a few comments about the sport, how to get started, how to stay safe etc. This would obviously suit someone running a business related to windsurfing, kiteboarding, SUP etc.

CWA - Sport Canterbury Estuary Blast ready to rock'n'roll!


The CWA (Canterbury Windsports Association) & Sport Canterbury bring the 'Sport Canterbury Estuary Blast' to the Christchurch Estuary on December 18th & 19th.
This is a Windsurf & Kitesurf course racing event culminating in the 'Estuary Blast' which will have top windsurfers & kitesurfers ALL IN OPEN racing across the water!
We'll have FREE Stand Up Paddle demos, plus Kite & Windsurf Clinics for the public to check out our awesome...
$1000 up for grabs for the fastest riders in the Estuary Blast! Ferrymead Community getting in behind the event with heaps of prizes for prizegiving!!

Nevin Sayre - Broadening the scope of junior programs

Before Nevin Sayre was a five-time U.S. National Windsurfing Champion, he was a four time college sailing All-American. Sayre not only understands the competitive side of sailing, he understands that competition isn’t what sailing is all about. So it is no shock to him that the sport in the U.S. is struggling to turn youth sailors into life sailors, because the focus in most junior programs is to turn youth sailors into youth racers. Here he explains:

Tauranga AKC kite/windsurf race day (27 Nov) postponed

BOP Windsurfers: Tauranga AKC kite/windsurf race day postponed until further notice - The call has been made,...........and after all that anticipation!
SUP anyone? Could be the only action to be had this weekend.

More on the Olympic decisions by ISAF - a personal view

Paul Henderson, former President of ISAF thinks windsurfing is no longer relevant. For many of us windsurfing is a personal thing and both the Olympics and ISAF are not particularly relevant, however it is a significant world stage which raises the profile of the sport and brings in new blood. Imagine what it would be like if windsurfing was freed from the constraints of being a sailing hybrid, and was allowed to show its true colours! This is my personal response to this view and I'd appreciate feedback (Bruce Spedding).

AKC Kiteboarding and windsurfing race day postponed

Event has been postponed to the fallback day of the 27th November
http://www.windsurfingnz.org/content/akc-kiteboarding-raceday

AKC Kiteboarding Raceday

Sat 27 Nov 2010
Tauranga

Location: Ferguson Park boat ramp area. Like in overseas events the Windsurfing contingent are invited to race alongside.

ISAF pits windsurfing against kiteboarding in an attempt to avoid the future

While the lobbying will be frantic ahead of the ISAF Council deliberations and vote, the simple point is that this is not about who is the best lobbyist, who runs the best PR campaign, produces the best DVD or YouTube clip, or who is the most politically astute. It is about the people who aren't there, particularly the young sailors who they need classes they aspire to sail, and which will make them want to stay in sailing. And that is not in boats that are beloved by the older generation. Richard Gladwell- http://www.sail-world.com/NZ/Gladwells-Line:-ISAF-Events-Committee-falls...

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