Things are starting to heat up in the New South Wales Wavesailing Association (Australia). We have just had our first event at Flat Rock and it is almost time for the second event of the season at Windang.
In October, an event was run at Flat Rock, Ballina, just south of the NSW-Queensland border. This was the first time an event had been run at this location so there was a lot of anticipation about what conditions the competitors would get. In the end, wind was light for the whole comp with only one day of marginal sailing conditions, however the waves were incredible. The point break provided incredible 5 foot peeling waves perfect for SUPing, surfing, and on the second day of competition, also light wind wavesailing. Standouts on the SUPs included Tim Knowles, Forrest Ladkin, the Walker brothers (Nic, Harry and Tom) and Kate Barker.
The event was a success in terms of the social scene as well with the night providing a chance to reminisce, whilst playing an impromptu sport game, watching the national rugby league grand final and having a drink, of course, during the prize giving.
Jaime Miller took out the $300 spot prize whilst Shane Finnegan took out the opens, followed by Forrest Ladkin, then Logan Haggerston. Kate Barker finished in first place for the women's fleet.
With the first event complete, the second event at Windang now becomes the centre of attention. To give a bit of a context to the event, Windang has always been a back-up location for events based at Gerroa, yet it is an incredible location in its own regard. That is why, for 2013, the NSWWA has chosen Windang to host an event.
Last season saw two events relocated to Windang, and they both turned out to be epic, with mast high sets and 25 knots of wind. For 2013/14, nothing less is being expected.
Season sponsors WindSurfnSnow and NeilPryde have been very generous, providing great prizes. Competitors are advised to pre-register to get their bonus ticket into the draw for the spot prize (X6 boom) and so they can get straight into the action on the day.
Competitiors expected to challenge for the first place prize include multiple-time former Australian champion Dan Berry, current Australian vice-champion Michael Westra, and NSW wave ripper Brett Goodwin (3rd place Australian championships), as well as a whole host of upcoming sailors such as Forrest Ladkin.
However, the event will definitely not just be about the state's elite wave sailors, with competition for women, juniors and masters, and the main focus being fun for all competitors. To achieve this there is a new format, and a heap of fun and social stuff organised.
One can only hope for good conditions at the event, but irrespective of conditions a good time can always be had and we'll back to provide all of the highlights of the event.
You can find out more about the NSW Wavesailing Association at http://www.nswwavesailing.org/