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Aaron McIntosh

Windsurfers and coach announced as Life Members of Yachting New Zealand

At their AGM today YNZ President Jan Dawson announced that all Olympic Medallists are to be made Life Members of YNZ. Barbara Kendall was made a Life Member in 2011, so the new windsurfing Life Members are Aaron McIntosh, Bruce Kendall and Tom Ashley. Also included is Grant Beck, NZ's most successful Olympic sailing coach (windsurfing), so a big boost for windsurfing and well deserved recognition. Congratulations from Windsurfing NZ!

Olympic target for J P Tobin

2 times #1 in the world, but yet to sail in the Olympics, the goal is obvious for JP. To get there he has to first qualify as the sole NZ representative, and to do that he has to beat Tom Ashley, the current Olympic champion. He has taken the first step already by taking the National title from Ashley, but that won't count when it comes to the crunch. He's training alongside top Dutch sailor Dorian van Rijsselberge who is coached by kiwi 2000 Olympic bronze medallist Aaron McIntosh (TV3 video).

Jon-Paul Tobin & Aaron McIntosh - 2010 Windsurfing Tour de Friesland

A group of RS:X windsurfers tour the canals in the Netherlands - video

RS:X / Techno News

Olliver GunmanThursday 4th December brought together some of NZ best sailors to promote windsurfing as a sport and to officially launch the six new Techno boards destined for Tauranga. They are courtesy of the Bay of Plenty Sailing Academy and funded by TECT. At $5800 apiece fully kitted out, the boards aren't cheap but spokesman Stuart Pedersen is adamant they'll be a great investment for the sport's future. "Getting these boards is huge - they'll provide a pathway from learning to windsurf through to getting into serious racing without having to commit to buying your own gear," Pedersen said.

Wind week + Techno launch

Thu 3 Dec 2009 - Sun 13 Dec 2009
Tauranga

A series of windsurfing-related events is scheduled for the week-and-a-bit from Thursday 3 December to Sunday 13 December, to announce the arrival of competitive youth windsurfing in Tauranga.

The events, collectively dubbed ‘Wind Week’ follow the purchase of six new Bic Techno racing boards by the Bay of Plenty Sailing Academy, a charitable trust which has been active in developing dinghy sailing in Tauranga since 2004. The boards, generously funded by TECT, are intended to form the core of a regular youth racing fleet alongside the sailing dinghies at the Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club. To this end, the Sailing Academy has been promoting a ‘Learn to Windsurf’ course at Kulim Park and 11 budding sailors aged 13 to 16 are about to graduate. Another after school course will be run in term one of next year.

Aaron McIntosh

Interview from the CDROM Windsurf Safe

History of Windsurfing - Early Development (NZ)

(extract from the NZWA Instructors Handbook)

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