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Windsurfing NZ Newsletter March 2014

Hi Everyone,
The summer season is coming to an end with the wetsuits coming out more often in the Northern territories (unfortunately down south you guys seem to wear them all year round). Aunty Lusi hit with force enabling some great surfing and wave sailing conditions all down the coast. Dareen Nicholas (Tauranga windsurfing detective) gave a cool report of his session in Tauranga ( ). While Lusi hit, the Formula nationals were also on. The first day had no racing as it was to windy however their was racing on the second day. Sean O'Brien and Brett Morris came out from Aussie and showed their dominance. Sean won each race with Brett following. Tim Woods was the next closest to the Aussies coming third overall finishing on the same points as Ian Young. With Tim having a 1 point lower discard.

We have set up a google groups forum (!forum/windsurfing-new-zealand ). It would be great if everyone can join and participate with the discussions so that we can make some progress with our main issues. At the moment we are trying to decide where to hold the 2015 Slalom Nationals. Even if you havnt gone recently it's great to have everyone's opinion as we want to make a decision by the 22nd of April.

"Dunedin has had a later summer" according to Paul V-man with 4 out of 7 days sailable. I think he gets confused however that summer is meant to be warm not freezing...
Rotorua has had quite a bit of sailing and there is a strong group of Youth coming through down there. The Wallbridges are out almost every day with Luke doing Slalom (on his Starboard Isonics and Severne Reflexes), Liam is doing RSX, Formula and Slalom and the little grom (Mat) is just ripping around at the age of 8! There are also multiple other Youths who are all on the uprise for sure in Rotorua. Dave Richards is now coaching the kids which means they are in relatively safe hands (even though he's a dodgy dentist). Here is an interesting article to read Wallbridge#folio=12 .

A lot of people are organizing winter holidays including Maui, Rarotonga and Fiji. This year looks to have a huge contingent of kiwis going to Hawaii for the 30th Anniversary of the Maui Race Series. There are some great deals during July-August when most go so get online and start searching. If you would like any advice in terms of accommodation, car hire or gear hire don't hesitate to ask myself or your local clubs. Maui has the latest gear on offer from all the major brands and consistent wind every day of the week during this time also.
Another spot is Fiji where Pete Smith teaches each year and gets some great sailing. Alan Macintosh also has information on Rarotonga.

Upcoming Events
Each area has their local prize giving, so get in contact with your club to find out when your is.
Auckland - Barfoot & Thompson AWA Slalom Series (5-6th April)
Wellington - Wairarapa Weekend (5-6th April)
Fun Slalom Event (date TBC)
Taranaki - NZ Wave Sailing Nationals (18 -21 Apr )

There are some more pictures of the sailing in Tauranga at this link ( )

Kind Regards,

Laurence Carey (NZL252)

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