Big Air – Down Under

It was raining, it was cold, it was wet. It was epic.

Perhaps this is the best way to describe the recent NSW Wavesailing Association (NSWWA) event at Windang Beach on the southeast coast of Australia.

Things weren’t looking great when competitors went to sleep the night before in a raging thunderstorm and woke up in pouring rain. However, as soon as competitors arrived at the competition site they could tell they were going to have a great weekend.

As soon as the briefing had finished, competitors rushed to get out on the water to enjoy the down-the-line, starboard tack conditions while they lasted. Tim Williams was first on the water, and Tommy Cohen was a standout on his supsailing rig.

Eventually these conditions died off, leading to many competitors to derig. It was then that we got the best conditions of the day with multiple squalls of rain each bringing strong winds ahead of them. This provided fully planning, cross-on conditions, complimented by an increasing swell, making for great jumping and onshore waveriding. Tim Knowles and Jessica crisp showed that they had the skills to rip in these conditions pulling off big manoeuvres including table tops, and all sorts of loops (even whilst sailing towards the shore) as well as showing off their classy waveriding skills in onshore conditions.

In the evening, sailors met up at the Windang surf club to enjoy a beer and pizza, supplemented with some windsurfing movies and the raffling of a Neilpryde X6 carbon hybrid boom, provided by Neilpryde and WindsurfnSnow. Koichi Kaneda, just back from his Maui adventures was the lucky winner.

Whilst it provided some fun, it could be safely said that day one’s condition weren’t incredible. However day two was a different story.

With a swell building overnight, and the strongest winds of the competition forecast to be on day two, the second day of competition was lining up to be perfect. Although initially it was looking like competitors could be skunked by the wind with the nearby river mouth providing the only way to reach the break, the wind soon filled in, leaving competitors with solid winds and overhead waves. This provided competitors with a canvas to show their wave riding and jumping skills.

Soon after this, started were the superheats. First were the juniors, masters, and women. Jake Juretic dominated the juniors, outsailing his father who competed in the masters. This won him the juniors division. In the masters division, Jason Cater stood out with his great waveriding and wave selection. In the women’s division, Jessica Crisp showed why she was a world champion, scoring some great aerials and putting the men to shame with her signature table tops.

The next superheat was the open division and was where the competition stepped up to a new level. All the competitors ripped, but the victor would be Brett Goodwin, sailing like a madman with his vertical smacks paired with a high level of board speed, backloops, and even a forward of the lip landed on the wave face.

The event concluded with the prize-giving and competitors unanimously concluded that it was a great event.



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