2014 Elements Spring Racing: tight races at Fergusson Park | Photo: Elements Watersports

Laurence Carey has triumphed in the 2014 Elements Spring Racing, at Fergusson Park, Tauranga, in New Zealand.

The Kiwi windsurfing event is designed to attract podium-chasing racers, but also all those weekend warriors, and recreational funboarders. Riders from as far afield as Wellington and Warkworth attended the competition.

After a little buoy maneuvering, racing got underway with some fast, clean starts in all fleets. The lumpy conditions at the marks challenged even the most seasoned campaigner, and mid-race tuning of the course was required as significant wind shifts impacted a couple of races.


FreeDelta Re: ready for shallow waters and weedy lagoons | Photo: Black Project Fins

Black Project Fins has developed FreeDelta Re, a free ride windsurfing fin specifically designed for shallow waters and weedy lagoons.

When Rene Egli contacted Black Project Fins, the company owned by Chris Freeman, he was looking for a very specific windsurfing fin that would work in a very shallow lagoon.

In this type of conditions, a traditional fin has serious limitations, so Chris and his team knew they had to invent something short, about half the length of a regular fin. Impossible? Maybe not.


Kevin Pritchard: mastering the Outer Banks | Photo: AWT

Kevin Pritchard has conquered the 2014 AWT Starboard Hatteras Wave Jam, in the Outer Banks, North Carolina.

The 2014 American Windsurfing Tour is moving rapidly towards the end of the season. The last event will be held in Maui, Hawaii, and three riders - Levi Siver, Kevin Pritchard and Morgan Noireaux - can claim the overall title.

In the last day of competition at Cape Hatteras, the Pro fleet was sent to a backup site where strong winds had kicked up a really good wind swell just up the coast near the lighthouse.