Taranaki Wave Classic

We’re only a week out from this year’s Taranaki Wave Classic and it will categorically, without a doubt, be the biggest and best TWC yet!

Our sponsors have given us huge support and some amazing prizes, especially our platinum sponsors: Carbon Art and Rodgers Dental. Make sure to bring all your windsurfing and surfing toys, and be ready for whatever awesome conditions the Taranaki coastline has in store.

Registration and entry packs will be at the Oakura Boardriders Club on Messenger Terrace from 9–10 am, and entry from now until then is $95 (bring cash or pay online). Briefing is at 10 am and we’ll also draw the ‘early bird’ spot prize then—a brand new Gaastra wave sail! You will have to be at the event to pick up the sail if you win it.

You’ll also be able to check out the prizes donated by our great sponsors:

Carbon Art, Rodgers Dental, ZM FM, Go Pro, Gaastra, Naish, KA Sails, Seventh Wave Wetsuits, Stash-it, Spore*, Dirty Dog, NZ Boardstore, Deepfried, Zimmo’s, Port Taranaki, Oakura Beach Holiday Park, Butlers Reef, Oakura Village Café, Oakura Pharmacy and Snickerdoodles. Phew!

For those of you new (and not so new) to wave sailing we plan to run a couple of informal Q&A clinics when the wind is light, so you can get wavesailing technique tips from some of the top sailors. And if there is plenty of enthusiasm we’ll also get a run down on the finer points of the forward loop.

We want to see everyone pushing their limits and trying something new or huge, or better yet, new and huge! We’ll be looking for the biggest wipeout of the weekend and the best first-time-forwards.

Sunday night from 7:30 pm will be the TWC presentation, dinner and HUGE party at Oakura Boardriders Club, AND the giveaway of the Carbon Art waveboard—the perfect toy for lining up great waves anywhere.

Steven van Broeckhoven

There was big excitement about the final of the double elimination in the air the morning of day 2 of the EFPT finale 2009.

The green flag went up for heat nr. 35 Steven van Broeckhoven (F2) against Andre Paskowski (Fanatic/North Sails).

This heat was not only the final one of the first double elimination of the Prince of the Wind, it ment also a big step for the victory in the total season ranking. Both competitors had to pump hard to perform their moves.

It was maybe Andre`s busy season - he was managing his video project „Four Dimensions“ plus doing all PWA freestyle and EFPT events - that made him not pumping as hard as Steven. The wind was to insufficient during the extended heat so Race director Tom Hartmann canceled the heat and the competition was on stand by, which boosted the tension sky high.

The wind conditions were not competition suitable but in the gusts ok for sailsaizes about 5,4sqm. Following this situation the organisation put another Supersession on the schedule. It was set for 30 minutes, all riders on the water the best move of each riders counts.

To accelerate the riders to a pleasant speed the Flisvos Sportclub crew provided a motor boot in the heat area. A switch Cachoo one handed from Davy Scheffers and a one handed Bob by Dieter van der Eyken (Starboard/Severne) placed the young kids ex aequo on third place.

Edvan Souza de Pedro (RRD/Simmer Style) finished 2nd doing a one handed Shaka, and Steven van Broeckhoven (F2) won the Supersession at the Rip Curl Prince of the Wind with a Burner Diabolo.

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Wind Brasil 2009 has grown and now includes two Formula Windsurfing Grand Prix events. Ilhabela has been added to the world tour and precedes the tour finale in Fortaleza, in Ceara State.

Ilhabela, or Beautiful Island, on Ilha de Sao Sebastiao in the state of Sao Paulo, (see the interactive map from Expedia) certainly lives up to its name.

About 85% of the island's almost 350,000 square miles is within Ilhabela State Park, with further development not allowed. Most of the development is on the west coast facing the mainland, and the island's economy is based on tourism.

Fortaleza, meaning "fortress", is the state capital of Ceara.  Located in north-eastern Brasil, it can boast to have 25 km of urban beaches. The warm climate, warm ocean waters and sandy beaches, abundant and varied nightlife, ensures its status as a mecca for tourists. More importantly it is windy!

Sao Paulo FW Grand Prix - 21st-25th October

Fortaleza FW Grand Prix - 25th-29th November