Wind-borne surfers share their passion
Kite and wind surfers will take over Lake Hawea this weekend at a competitive open day. Event organiser Yohann Bourdin said the event would be held over three days, from Friday to Sunday at 10am, to be prepared for no wind. ‘‘That’s the main problem with the sport,’’ he said. ‘‘November was the windiest month and usually sunny. It makes perfect conditions.’’ The goal of the weekend was to get as many people as possible surfing on the lake. The sports were popular with people living in the area and it was hoped between 30 to 50 kite and wind surfers from as far away as Christchurch would take part. It was expected top kite surfers, those able to jump more than 20m on a kite board, would be there to show their skills. Competitions would be held including racing, , freestyle and a ‘‘for fun’’ event. Prize giving with entertainment will be at Lake Hawea Hotel on Saturday night. It was hoped the event would be held annually, Mr Bourdin said.
Dream: A photo of 22-year-old Rutger Hale and his girlfriend Danielle Oylear sits by his ashes as friends and family members prepare to throw flowers into Lake Hawea at a farewell at Scott’s Beach on Sunday. Mr Hale was killed after a mystery object flew through his windscreen and killed him near Wanaka on October 24.
Wind haven: Kite surfer Richard Prout on Lake Hawea. What: Kite Surfing Weekend Where: Lake Hawea When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am Cost: $30. Covers the cost of having a safety crew.