Welcome to the "Taranaki Wave Classic Page"
Carbon Art is proud to be the main sponsor of this event, drawing more than 65 competitors for the second year, making it one of the most popular wavesailing events in the Southern hemisphere !,
Taranaki Wave Classic 2003
2003 event, having taken place on October 24th to 26th 2003 was again
a full success, with conditions even better than last year. Once again,
Taranaki produced worldclass wavesailing conditions resulting in a
very good, fun comp.
were more spotprizes than ever, congratulations to PETE SMITH from
Auckland who won the brandnew CARBON ART 8'0 waveboard spotprize !!!
A big thanks to all sponsors who put a big effort in, especially Chris Brown from DEEPFRIED TV, who manages the complete Event Website and did all the filming.
Greg Alloway, Australia
Simone Hollenstein, Wellington, NZ
We are looking forward to the 2004 event which will take place again in October 2004. Please watch this space for announcments.
T-Shirts can be bought for NZD 40.00 from James Dinnis @ Carbonart,
please send a cheque.
2002 Event DVD's can be orders directly by Deepfried. The 2003 DVD should be available soon ! Go here
Winner of Carbon Art 8'3 Waveboard : Mick Westra, Australia
also check out the official Event website here:
Highlights: (report by Simone Hollenstein, Wellington Windsurfers)
a fantastic event this was! Although the wind was up and down during the
majority of event days, it was enough to provide 2 solid days of
competition for the participants. The first day of competition took
place at Waitara in a gusty 15 kn SW with some nice swells rolling
through. The large contingent of Australian sailors, seemingly used to
porttack, were pulling off nice jumps (pushloops, frontloops, backloops)
and were generally ripping hard. Highlights of the day included some
very impressive pushloops by Australian pro sailor Ben Severne and a mid
air collision between two sailors, one trying to backloop, the other
doing a forward. Luckily there was no carnage. A few hours later, Craig
Mc Creary, planted his Jetski directly into the beach in an insane
stunt, resulting in a trip to the hospital with a bruised hip.
In the women's category, Bronwyn Ward sailed very well during the whole competition and lost marginal to Simone Hollenstein, (both NZ - Wellington)
The event finished off with a party at Butler's Cafe&Bar in Oakura on Sunday night. There was a big screen video recap of the weekend's sailing by Chris Brown and a BBQ as well as two live bands who were really making the place alive. The atmosphere was great, culminating in the traditional spotprize give away. This time it was a lucky dude called George from Australia taking away a brand spanking new Carbon Art waveboard. Further noticeable prizes were a Hot Sail, a boom, harness and so on. Everyone was pretty stoked and in a nutshell, the event was bigger and better than in previous years, with everyone looking forward to doing it all over again next year.