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Women's Kite Clinic.

Sat 20 Mar 2010
Wellington

Its time to get more girls out on the water kitesurfing! On Saturday 20 March, Wild Winds and I will be hosting a Women's Kite Clinic. The day will feature lessons with IKO certified instructors, a seminar on training for kitesurfing off the water, tips for girls, and a barbeque social.

Annual long distance wind riders event one huge success !

39 windsurfers and kiters from all over the South Island descended on Glenorchy on Saturday 27th Feb. for the Southern Lakes Windriders Club’s annual downwinder sail from Glenorchy to Pigeon Island. They were rewarded with a stunningly sunny and warm day. It was a spectacular site at the start with an array of coloured kites and windsurfing sails that quickly dispersed at varying speeds downwind. Winds were gusting approx 25 knots with variable and at times challenging wind conditions.

Canterbury Windsports Assn news

Finally, the NZ summer has delivered some sea breeze action! A bit late for the Canterbury Kite Champs held in southerly winds over the weekend of Jan 23-24 at Lakeside Domain Lake Ellesemere - but there was plenty of action there too. I can't say more because I've been in sunny hot Brisbane, enjoying warm water and light sea breezes, while evading sharks, bluebottles, and horse flies. Enough said.

Canterbury Kite Champs

Sat 23 Jan 2010 - Sun 24 Jan 2010
Estuary Windsports Area

The Estuary Windsports Area car park off Linwood Ave / Humphreys Drive. Disregard the street number above - that's the only way I could get the Google map to work!

Su Kay CWA Womens Kite Workshop

Sat 16 Jan 2010 - Sun 17 Jan 2010
Estuary Windsports Area

Su Kay Womens Kite Workshop, organiser Kim, contact 027-4349508.

Su is an Ozone team rider and partner in Decay Kiteboards/Kitesurfing Instruction Ruakaka, with a wealth of knowledge and experience which she is keen to share with other women.

Kiteboarding and kiteboard racing proposal for the 2016 Olympics

As a follow up to the recent meeting with Yachting NZ I pointed out that given the importance of SPARC funding which is based on competitive results, and with the way the Olympics were moving (introduction of snowboarding, mountain biking and BMX etc.) that windsurfing variants such as freestyle and slalom could become very attractive because of their spectator appeal, and that this alone should be a factor in giving windsurfing more focus in the development area. So not surprisingly kiteboarding has now put itself forward as a possible new olympic sport, and why not? This from IKO recently:

Safety concerns - sailors / kiters vs TSS Earnslaw, Lake Wakatipu

The skippers on the TSS Earnslaw have had a few incidents of late particularly with kite surfers who are getting too close to the bow of the Earnslaw as she leaves Queenstown Bay and heads out to Walter Peak (around the one mile point).

Womens Weekend. Windsurfers and Kiters.

Sat 20 Feb 2010 - Sun 21 Feb 2010
Lake Clearwater

This is LOTS of fun. If you haven't been you should give it a go

ISAF recognises kiteboarding

Following the approval of the International Kiteboarding Association as an ISAF International Class at last year’s Annual Conference, this year the Council approved Submission 006-09 approved to change to the Windsurfing Committee to become the Windsurfing and Kiteboarding Committee.

Yoda Wave Classic

Sat 12 Dec 2009 - Sun 13 Dec 2009
Waikuku Beach

Kiteboarding
Waikuku Beach - 62 Rotten Row Waikuku

The Yoda Wave Classic scheduled for Waikuku on the weekend of 28/29 November has been postponed by two weeks to 12/13 December. For those who haven't been before, and who are thinking of staying overnight, we camp as a group at the northern end of the Waikuku camp ground, where it's very sheltered, and provides foot access to the beach and lagoon (waves and flat water).

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