- 08 May 2014 | Windsurfing
Thomas Davies has conquered the 2014 New Zealand Wave Nationals, in Taranaki.
With solid logo high sets and enough wind to throw jumping into the mix at Ahu Ahu Road, all windsurfers in competition had a blast.
The judges set up camp at the top of the new Ahu Cliffs Sands viewing area/resort. In the first heat of the last day, jumps were easy enough to come by on five meter sails, and Paul Barron, Yoan and Mike La Franchie put on a solid display to open proceedings with some great late hits and big backward and forward loops.
To keep things interesting as the following heats went out the wind boosted up and down, making launching at the Ahu Ahu end of the break a tricky affair.
Competitors occasionally found themselves stuck on the inside and faced with a crunchy headhigh plus shore dump as the tide filled in, and eking out an extra turn or aerial off the last section proved to be the end of a few competitors heats as they got stuck inside and on the fast-track down to Dirk's corner.
Carnage was occurring as well, with mast extensions snapping, fins getting taken out on rocks, boom clamps giving out, and Nicola creasing his board in a high forward attempt.
To add to the fun the incoming tide created a mini-tsunami that raced up the river below the judges and covered a few sails and boards with sand and water.
In the midst of the Open Men's rounds, the juniors were sent out. Luke Holliday and Willam Novak put on a show of waveriding and jumping that would have had plenty of the Open Men competitors secretly pleased that they weren't sailing against them.
Thomas and Ferran went toe-to-to for the final 15 minutes, matching each others' wave scores and proving a real headache for the judges to pick a winner.
Just when one looked to have pulled ahead with nice ride on a large set wave, the other would find a wave equally as good to claw themselves back into contention.
In the end Thomas emerged as the victor of a tight heat after sailing the competition of his life.
2014 New Zealand Wave Nationals
1. Thomas Davies
2. Ferran Crespo
3. Chris La Franchie
4. Nicola Terenzi
1. Luke Holliday
2. William Novak