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Wellington Turns It On For Windsurfing NZ Freestyle Nationals 2012

(report: Eric Torvelainen 11/12/2012)
The 2012 NZ Freestyle nationals were hotly contested in epic conditions. UK windsurfer Al Bentley took the competition title in a 40 knot final epic over Tom Taylor. Taylor taking top New Zealand windsurfer pushed Bentley to his best, duelling twice in competition. Wellington definitely did not disappoint, with sunny and windy conditions. Over the afternoon of freestyle action the wind climbed from 20 to 40 knots.
Competitors battled their way through a single into double elimination round at the locally named spot the MCC. At the Ngatitoa Domain, the narrow channel kept the action close for spectators and judges alike.

New Zealand Windsurfing Freestyle Nationals comes to Wellington this weekend (1 and 2 December).

Last year Auckland turned it on with a stellar day of freestyle action. Wellingtonian Tim Haxell had to produce his best, to fend off the Aucklanders, to take the title down to the Capital.

Haxell, 24, will have his work cut out again this year. The return of Wellington bread freestyle master Tom Taylor will present stiff competition. Taylor, once winner of the international JP Young Gun Freestyle Camp, will have to work hard having been off the water this year.

2012 Freestyle Nationals New Zealand

Sat 1 Dec 2012 - Sun 2 Dec 2012

The 2012 New Zealand Freestyle National Championships will be held from Dec. 1 to 2 in Wellington New Zealand.
The Championships will be organised by the WWA Wellington Windsurfing Association, for and on behalf of WNZ Windsurfing New Zealand.
The event will be based in Wellington, an exact location still to be confirmed.
During Dec. the weather conditions are generally windy. Expect the full range of wind conditions from 15 to 40knots. Temperatures require at least a summer wetsuit.
The 2009/2012 ISAF Racing Rules of Sailing – Windsurfing Competition Rules (WCR);

WWA Freewave

Sat 3 Nov 2012 - Sun 4 Nov 2012
Lyall Bay/Plimmerton

Freewave this weekend! All welcome.
Date: Saturday 3rd November 2012 (Back up 4th November)
10.00am (Registrations Close 10.30am)
Location: Plimmerton, Lyall Bay or Evans Bay (TBC)

Ocean Outfitters Shop Opening

Sat 15 Sep 2012
Mana, Wellington

We're opening the doors to our new shop and you're invited.

Spring has sprung and its time for new things.
Come and help us launch the brand new Ocean Outfitters Shop, we'll have the beer, bubbles and brand new boards... all we need is you.

Saturday Sept 15
5pm onwards
5 Marina View in Mana (next to Wisconsin Burger by the Mana Bridge)

We'd love to see you at the opening if you can make it.

Westpac Chopper Challenge completed

After a couple of months of indifferent weather and a couple of attempts coming up short I have finally managed to complete my 100km challenge! Feels good, and I recommend something similar to others as a way to raise funds for a charity. Look foward to me issuing some sort of challenge next year! (read on for details)

WWA - End of season slaloms (TBC)

Sun 20 May 2012
Wellington - depends on conditions

End of season slaloms TBC

WWA Learner / Have-a-go day at Days Bay, Eastbourne (TBC)

Sat 5 May 2012
Days Bay, Wellington

To be confirmed - watch this space

WWA Wairarapa Weekend aWay

Sat 21 Apr 2012 - Sun 22 Apr 2012

Wairarapa weekend - check out

Wellington Harbour Blast cancelled

Again we have been left wanting for wind. The weather forecast for this weekend is not likely to produce enough wind for the Harbour Blast and the direction is also poor very for that side of the Harbour. This is the second time this season we have tried to run this event and this time we are cancelling till next season. We were just unlucky.

Thanks for all your support and hard work towards making this event happen! Hope you all have a good weekend in the sun, looks like it will continue into next week too!

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