Welcome to the "Taranaki Wave Classic Page"      25. - 27.10.2002

Carbon Art is proud to be the main sponsor of this event, drawing more than 65 competitors, which is now one of the major wavesailing events in the South Pacific region, allowing wavesailors of all ability levels to experience the epic wavesailing conditions of the Taranaki coastline.

"A big thanks to the Australian crew, making ot over this year for the 2002 event. It was great having you around, we hope you will be back next year !"

Winner of Carbon Art 8'3 Waveboard :  Mick Westra, Australia 

Overall 2nd, Clayton Dougan, 

Australian pro sailor Ben Severne in the finals

Please also check out the official Event website here:
Carl Doran's australian Expression session experience: here:

Highlights:  (report by Simone Hollenstein, Wellington Windsurfers)

What 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.
Day 2 (Sunday) allowed for a second elimination expression session, as well as the final "Supersession" containing the overall 10 best sailors of any previous sailing. Kina Rd was the call of the day, with a light, gusty N and mid sized swell. Definitely not epic, but good enough for a competition and it is to be said that the large numbers of good sailors out there were really making the average conditions look bloody good. Overall, it was the day of the Wellingtonians, clearly feeling at home on starbord tack, resulting in a good number of overall top placings in the mens as well as the womens category.

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.


1. Dan Berry              (Australia)
2. Clayton Dougan      (NZ - Wellington)
3. Chris Norris            (NZ - Wellington)
4. Ben Serverne         (Australia)
5. James Court           (NZ - Wellington)
6. Quentin Bye            (Australia)
7. Aaron Constable      (Australia)
8. Daryn Jones            (NZ - Auckland)
9. Geoff Sutton            (Australia)
10. Trent Petersen       (NZ - Auckland)

1. Simone Hollenstein   (NZ - Wellington)
2. Bronwyn Ward         (NZ - Wellington)
3. Shona Lee               (NZ - Taranaki)

Clayton Dougan, Backloop, Kina Rd.

Overall winner, Dan Berry with a retro move, the classic cheeseroll, Kina Rd. 

3rd placed Woo Norris, Wellington, looping at Kina Rd. in the


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2002 Carbon Art International