Wind-borne surfers share their pas­sion

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - By CHE BAKER

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.

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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.

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