Taranaki Wave Classic 2009

Another year and another Taranaki Wave Classic! This year’s event showcased the best conditions Taranaki can offer, with an insanely epic, mast high, down-the-line, Pungarehu extravaganza!

The warm-up for TWC09 began early on the Friday with a convoy of eager beaver Wellingtonians (led by Chris Brown) leaving our nation’s capital at 5 am. By 9 am they were at the holy grail of NZ wavesailing: Pungarehu.

With the tide coming in the hordes hit the water and by 11 am there were around 15 – 20 sailors catching the mast high sets consistently rolling in to the beach. The wind picked up throughout the morning and by midday it was blowing 5.0 and small board weather. Perfect!

With solid surf and sailors ready to test themselves there was always going to be some carnage. A few sails came back to the beach in pieces (including two in consecutive waves from the New Caledonian brothers—who also must have made the longest trip to get here out of all the competitors. We saw some great wipeouts and a steady stream of sailors making their way back up from ‘Crushers’—a long slow walk.

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Dario Ojeda

After a successful year on the PWA World Tour, with a superb 5th place in Gran Canaria and an end of year ranking of 16th, Dario Ojeda (F2, Simmer, Mormaii, DaKine, MFC) has just landed himself with a shiny new board sponsor in the form of F2.

F2 are a brand that’s stood the test of time, and is still here today after more than 20 years of research and development, proving that they can still produce world class windsurfing boards.

"I’m really stoked to join F2. I think they’ve always been a great company with a lot of experience having been around since the birth of the sport. They are pushing hard to create a fresh new side of windsurfing, with new faces, who are going to take our amazing sport to the next level", said Ojeda.

"My plans with F2 are to continue doing all of the PWA wave events and also to work on the boards so we can improve them even more. We want to give the rider the ability to feel free on the boards so that they can sail with ease and create new moves that change the history of windsurfing. F2 are also going to allow me to bring my ideas to the table so that together we can find the perfect shapes to suit all kinds of styles and needs. With the support of Danny Aeberli, I’ll be able to fulfill all of my goals and more importantly, I’ll have someone that listens to my ideas, supports them, and guides me in the right direction."

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 Formula Windsurfing

ISAF have now published the list of new "Approved Production Boards" that are eligible to race in formula windfsurfing events from 1st January 2010.

The International Formula Windsurfing Class is pleased to welcome 3 new brands to formula windsurfing competition - Carbon Art, JP, and PD (Patrik Diethelm).

This welcome addition increases the number of brands registering new boards to 9; with the total of 12 new boards introduced for the 2010/2011 competition period.

In addition to the new brands we have new boards from Drops, Exocet, F2, Gaastra, Mike's Lab, and two from Starboard.