South Coast New Zealand

This event was a fantastic success. 20 sailors; 3 sailing locations; awesome wind (approx 20-25 knots both days); 3 clubs meet up - Southern Lakes Club meets the new Invercargill Windsports Club and sailors from Dunedin; BBQ on the Sat night; at least 3 new converts to Wave sailing.... these were just some of the highlights of the recent club weekend.

Gavin and a few others from Dunedin went down on Friday night and sailed until late, the rest of us joined on Sat with 11 of us out most of the day at Monkey Island, some beginners to waves, others looping, Craig doing his first backward loop (accidentally, but its on video… way to go !). The locals reckoned this was a record attendance for this amazing venue.

We then rushed off to Riverton Estuary for those who had got blown off the water before and to catch up with the Invercargill kiters who had felt it was too windy earlier. Again about 11 of us out at the estuary… what a sight, unfortunately it was rather gusty but hey we managed!

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Formula Experience

The calendar of international championships for the Formula Experience class has expanded in 2010, with 3 continental championships confirmed so far, and a Worlds in Brasil.

Full details of these events will be published with the NoR's, but here are the dates and venues:

"Miami Windsurfing" North American Championship
Miami, Florida, USA
12th to 14th March

European Championship & Formula European Festival
Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy
5th to 10th July

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Amado Vrieswijk

On Friday the 4th of December 2009, Amado Vrieswijk was crowned Bonairian Sportsman of the Year 2009.

He was completely surprised and of course very honored and happy to receive this prestigious reward. The whole program and event was live on radio and will be broadcasted on television in Bonaire and Curacao.

In addition, Kiri Thode, Tonky and Taty Frans also received awards for being in the top of the professional windsurfing and Bjorn Saragoza also received an award for being dedicated to the windsurf sport.

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