The summer of 2008 has seen a number of great windsurfing events held throughout New Zealand. There were the slalom nationals in Dunedin, the Auckland freestyle competition and the Wellington freewave and harbour blast.

The wind has cooperated for all these events. However for the most recent event, the 2008 New Zealand Wavesailing Nationals, Mother Nature was required to bless us not just with wind, but also with a swell to allow the event to run.

The days leading up to the competition showed that clean ground swell would be present for most of the competition, but the wind direction and strength were always going to be fluky. With competition scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the long Easter weekend, we had a good chance of getting a result as a full single elimination can be run in a little over 4 hours if required.

30 competitors entered the event this year, increasing the level of competition from the last couple of years. This shows either a growing interest in wave sailing and the elimination style competition, or perhaps the competition is just a good excuse to spend Easter in Taranaki enjoying the consistent swell.

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Surf Sales Ltd announces in conjunction with UK Windsurfing Association (UKWA), The British Kona Cup 2008, a series of Kona one-design race events taking place around the UK over the coming months:

May 17th – 18th @ Whitwell (Inland Event – Midlands)
May 24th – 16th @ Christchurch (Coastal Event – South)
June 28th – 29th @ Bridlington (Coastal Event – North East)
July 12th – 13th @ Derwent (Inland Event – North West)
July 19th – 20th @ Eastbourne Extreme (Coastal Event – South East)

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Tarifa, often called the European capital of windsurfing didn’t disappoint us at all. What more an you wish for the first event in a new season? Nothing!

Sure a second double elimination would have been great, sure a bit more stable condition would have made it easier but as windsurfers we’re used to life with compromise and what we got here again was just perfect!!! No doubt…

Normen takes home a lot of points for the overall title, that’s for sure. He is the one that the guys will be chasing now but as the young German is a pro he will handle the pressure for sure. Competing for many years on the tour, having a lot of experience he will take good care to stay in leading position.

Kevin Mevissen (RRD) on the second place is fully on fire, coming to Spain he had not much freestyle practise on his account, you might say none. His awesome performance on the water infected him again and its clear that we will see him on some other efpt stops as well.

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Professional surfing is a highly competitive occupation. World title races are increasingly tight. And sometimes it all comes down to the wire.

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